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Sweet Action: 8 Big Bets Made by Famous People

© Matthew Putney/ABC/Handout/Corbis One of the headlines coming out of Saturday night’s GOP debate was Mitt Romney’s offer to bet Rick Perry $10,000 to settle an argument over something Romney said (and removed) from his book No Apology. Perry hasn’t taken the bait, but here are some big money bets other famous people have made. 1. Truman [...]

The Wizard, The Power Glove, and Children in Peril

Why They Made This Crazy Movie Released in 1989, The Wizard was a major motion picture that doubled as a promotional vehicle for Nintendo products. It’s quite likely the only motion picture to require a “Power Glove Consultant” (for the record, this consultant is named only as “Novak” in the credits), and the movie is [...]

RC Truck Pulling a Car

(Video Link) It was the dark of the moon on the sixth of June And a Kenworth pullin’ logs Cab-over Pete with a reefer on And a Jimmy haulin’ hogs We’s headin’ for bear on Eye-one-O ’bout a mile outta Shakeytown I says “Pigpen, this here’s Rubber Duck” “And I’m about to put the hammer down” -via The Presurfer

The Quick 10: 10 Names That Were Already Taken

There aren’t many places where names are first come, first-served, but actors’ unions are one of them. If you tried to register with one and found that someone was already actively using your name, you’d simply have to pick another one. It’s likely not a problem for people called Gyllenhaal, but the 10 entertainers below [...]

The Quick 10: The Shamrock Shake

Many people overdo it with the drinking today, and I’m one of them. But it wasn’t Guinness or Jameson that got me in trouble – it was the Shamrock Shake. I wait for them to come out every year so I can indulge – and at 740 calories in a medium, it’s definitely an indulgence. [...]

6-Fingered Cat Gives You a Thumbs Up

Jimmy the cat has polydactyly — extra fingers on his paws. His hoomins have trained him to give a thumbs-up gesture when asked. Video Link via Geekologie | Previously: Cardi-Cat has 26 Toes!

Jason Shiga: How to Make Your Own Interactive Comics

I’ve been bugging cartoonist extraordinaire Jason Shiga to put his recently released book Meanwhile, a tour de force “choose-your-own-adventure”-type comic book into a format that’s more web-friendly. Meanwhile starts with a simple choice: Vanilla or Chocolate ice cream? Either choice (which you, as a reader, make) will lead the protagonist Jimmy into an adventure involving a [...]

World Habitat Day

The first Monday in October (October 4th this year) is designated by the UN as World Habitat Day, a day to raise awareness of housing needs globally and in our communities. Habitat for Humanity is participating, as they do every year, with a variety of events. Habitat for Humanity’s 27th annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work [...]

The Quick 10: The mental_floss Groundhog Round UP

In case you haven’t already heard, Punxsutawney Phil predicted another six weeks of winter this morning. Stupid groundhog. But there’s good news – if you don’t like what he had to say, there are plenty of other groundhogs you can consult instead. Here they are, complete with what they predicted today: 1. Punxsutawney Phil. We’ll start [...]

Stupid Questions: Great Moments in Super Bowl Media Day History

New Orleans, January 1981. My first Super Bowl. I’m trying to ask questions of Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Charlie Smith at the first media availability. He’d recently broken his jaw, the wires in his mouth standing sentry against solid nourishment and reducing his speech to what under different circumstances would pass as beginner’s ventriloquism. (Confession: Bourbon Street overmatched [...]