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The mental_floss Guide to the NCAA Tournament: The East

We’re going region by region, giving you one fun fact about each team in the tournament. (1) Syracuse Syracuse’s colors were originally pink and blue, but the class of 1890 changed it to orange. A member of that class explained the switch at his 50th reunion in 1940: “What kind of ‘whoopee’ can be made with [...]

The Late Movies: Tom Jones and…

Welsh singer Tom Jones seems to keep going and going and going. In a half-century of performing, he has shared the stage with an amazing variety of singers, some of which may surprise you. Jerry Lee Lewis (1968) * Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young (1969) * Janis Joplin (1969) * Little Richard (1969) * Joe Cocker (1970) * Aretha Franklin (1971) * Tina Turner (1977) * Isaac Hayes (1979) * Dolly Parton [...]

The Late Movies: Guess the Theme 31

It’s time once again for the game that is, given the autumnal season, raking its way across the nation: GUESS THE THEME! All the clips below having something in common. Leave your best guesses in the comments. Janis Joplin – Me & Bobby McGee Peter Gabriel – In Your Eyes Lou Reed – Walk On The [...]

10 Non–Rock Stars Who Died at the Tragically Young Age of 27

© Laurence Baker/Corbis On Saturday, Amy Winehouse passed away and became the latest member of Club 27—an exclusive club you don’t want to be in. Club 27 is headlined by musicians Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, and Brian Jones, who all died of a drug overdose, suicide, or accident at that young age. [...]

Going Out With a Bang: Janis Joplin’s Hard-Partying Wake

When Janis Joplin died of a heroin overdose on October 4, 1970, she left behind a will that included an offbeat stipulation: $2,500 to fund a hard-partying wake in her memory. Her loved ones threw the bash three weeks later at the Lion’s Share, a San Anselmo, CA venue that had hosted many of Joplin’s [...]