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Minimalist Group Portraits Of Cult Movie Characters

Illustrator Ale Giorgini creates works which are so densely packed with cult movie characters it’s hard to find all the characters present in each frame. Ale’s style is reminiscent of the Genndy Tartakovsky cartoon Samurai Jack, and his use of simple color palettes ensures that each piece will fit in with any kind of swanky decor [...]

Why the Monopoly Playing Pieces Are What They Are

By 1935, the game of Monopoly–including the name–had formed. Two years later, Parker Brothers included die-cast metal player pieces, including a car, a top hat, an iron, a shoe and a thimble, in Monopoly sets. Why? Eddie Deezen asked John Chaneski, an expert on board games: When Monopoly was first created in the early 1930s, there were [...]

Trivia Contest With Pat Kiernan Starts Now!

You may have heard that I’m teaming up with mental_floss and TrivWorks to put on The Ultimate Halloween Pop Culture Trivia Night at the Bell House on October 29. But we couldn’t wait to start in on the fun, so we’re holding an online trivia contest on mental_floss, right here, right now. Here’s how it works: [...]

Cthulhu Jack-O’-Lantern

When the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island, say that it’s hosting a Jack-O’-Lantern Spectacular, they’re not kidding. These carved pumpkins sure are spectacular! My favorite is the Cthulhu pumpkin above (if [...]

11 of the Richest People in History

Coming up with a definitive list of the richest people of all time is almost impossible, thanks to the difficulties that arise with comparing different currencies and adjusting for inflation over thousands of years. But these 11 men were up there in the 0.001 percent of their timeā€”and they were all just a little bit [...]

How Much Does James Bond Cost Taxpayers?

The license to kill doesn’t come cheap! Find out how much money James Bond’s fancy clothes, cars and gadgets cost the British taxypayers: Link – Thanks Jack!

Mythbusters Takes on Titanic

The TV show Mythbusters tested James Cameron’s version of Titanic. Never mind that the movie was a work of fiction, this is important stuff! The issue came up when, 15 years after the movie was released, the internet questioned why Jack died instead of climbing onto the floating piece of wood with Rose, which appeared [...]

Marvel vs. DC Comics: Who Makes More Money?

Who is better, Marvel or DC Comics? They’ve both got great characters, but perhaps we should answer the perennial comic book fans question of which company is top dog to cold, hard cash. Here’s the comparison of the US box office tallies [...]

James Cameron Sets the Record Straight

Sure, Jack could’ve fit onto that same plank that Rose was floating on in the freezing North Atlantic. Now James Cameron himself responds to the meme and explains how that didn’t make any difference to the story. “It’s not a question of room; it’s a question of buoyancy.  Jack puts Rose on the raft, then he [...]

Daring Escape from the Zoo

It was a daring escape that’s bound to be told as legend for generations to come. Here’s a story that seems like it’s straight out of a Hollywood movie: The Rheinböllen Wildlife Park in western [...]