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17 More Offbeat Holidays and Anniversaries to Celebrate in January

Forget weight loss and penny-pinching, make a resolution to keep this year a little more unconventional. What better way to start than with a few offbeat holidays and anniversaries you can easily observe? 1. January 1: First Foot Day A Scottish New Year tradition, the first person to step into someone’s home is called the “first-footer” and [...]

8 Memorable Images from the 1980s

In case you missed the first two installments in this mini-series, here’s the ‘60s post and yesterday’s ‘70s post. Today, of course, we move on to the ‘80s. This is the decade I came of age, as many of you reading this blog did. Hence all our ‘80s-themed quizzes! Some of this will be referenced [...]

Pollution Over Beijing

Cloudy skies over Beijing? Actually, no – the gray haze you see above is pollution. NASA’s Aqua satellite captured the patch of winter haze over the mega cities of Beijing and Tianjin on January 10, [...]

Fast Food Chain Introduces Braille Burgers

January is National Braille Literacy Month, which is the perfect time for South African burger chain Wimpy to introduce their new braille menus. Of course, good timing wasn’t their only smart marketing move. Because the company really wanted to make a statement, they also opted to release 15 special burgers with braille buns, each with their [...]

18 Offbeat Holidays to Celebrate in January

It’s a New Year, which means 12 new months to observe some offbeat, obscure and just plain odd holidays. Like these! January 7th: National Old Rock Day Have you thanked a veteran rock today? Though no official creator has stepped forward, paleontologists must be behind this holiday honoring the fossils and rock formations that are as old [...]

Meet Evita

Three-month old Evita the ocelot was born in January at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle. She was introduced to zoo visitors for the first time yesterday. See more pictures at the zoo blog. Link -via Urlesque

Archive: February 2011

Weird Vintage Ads: Outrageous! Disclaimer: we have nothing to do with this. Cats Ready to Kill You The Bad and the Ugly (without the Good) Painted Trees in the Mountains of Colorado Psychedelic Dead Trees Revived Love & Romance! (Vintage and Funny Pics) Weirdness and glamour: opposites attract! Making Exotic Cars: Behind-the-Scenes Photos See how Maserati, Bentley, and other supercars are made The Coolest PC [...]

Archive: January 2011

The Biggest Ships in the World (DRB Series) From supertankers to Godzilla cranes 7 Billion: Discussing Overpopulation Interview with Robert Kunzig, National Geographic Ship Figureheads: Symbols of the Sea Ladies and monsters as “hood ornaments” for ships Grand Scale Environmental & Land Art “Man’s Reaction To His Earth”: creative landscape art Fantastically Intense Wiring Part 7 of our highly popular series Vintage New York Marvel [...]

Jack Kennedy or Jack Donaghy?

Jack Kennedy was president of the United States from January 1961 to November 1963. Jack Donaghy is a character on the TV show 30 Rock. In today’s Lunchtime Quiz at mental_floss, you’ll be given quotes, and you decide which Jack said it. It’s not as easy as you think -especially for someone who either hasn’t [...]

Goodbye, Sun!

In Tromsø, Norway, the sun has gone down, and it won’t come up again until January. It happens every year in this community in the Arctic Circle. Children mark the beginning of the period called ‘Mørketid’ by setting out candles in the town square. Link -via TYWKIWDBI