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Fun With Copyright Traps: 10 Hoax Definitions, Paper Towns and Other Things That Don’t Exist

Facts are hard to copyright—impossible, actually. This is problematic for people who deal in information; any reference material is factual, and therefore difficult to protect from dirty, lying thieves who want to steal your work. That’s where fictitious entries come in: facts become very easy to copyright when they aren’t true. These are people, places [...]

On Canada’s No-More-Pennies Policy

We’ve covered the problems with pennies before. In exciting news for the anti-penny lobby, the good people of Canada formally decided to abolish the penny by stopping production, joining a growing list of countries doing away with this ultra-low-denomination coin. Existing pennies will still be accepted for purchases but the supply of pennies [...]

“Britney Spears” is an Anagram for “Presbyterians”

© Lucas Jackson/Reuters/Corbis As the great John Green informed us back in 2006 during his stint as a mental_floss blogger, “Britney Spears” is an anagram for “Presbyterians.” I’ve been trying to work that into conversation for years. Since today is Britney’s 30th birthday, it seemed like the time was right. To celebrate, let’s have an anagram [...]

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children: Prologue and Chapter One

I’ve been dropping not-so-subtle hints about my upcoming YA novel for weeks now, but the day is finally here when I can share a little of it! Quirk, my publisher, is serializing the first three or four chapters, with a chapter being released every week until June 7th, the book’s release date. So without further [...]

Revolutionary New Product: 2-D Glasses

Hank Green, brother of honorary lifetime Mental Flosser John Green and half of the videoblogging Vlogbrothers, has come up with a revolutionary new idea for a product, one that could enhance the movie-going experiences of literally millions of people. In fact, it’s more than just an idea, since Hank actually went through with it and [...]

A New Kind of Writing: Thoughts from Places

Former flosser John Green has been writing novels for years now. He’s also been making successful video blogs as part of the brotherly YouTube power duo known as the VlogBrothers. Normally, the two processes couldn’t be more different — making vlogs is usually quick and spontaneous, and novel-writing is usually, well, not. But as John [...]

The Late Movies: Awesome Videos for Charity

In case you missed it, last weekend’s Project for Awesome was an incredible and sort of unprecedented outpouring of activism on behalf of (what seemed like) the entire YouTube community. Spearheaded by John and Hank Green, it galvanized hundreds of YouTubers to make videos advocating for their favorite charities (I made one too), raised over [...]

Pomplamoose: Donate Books to Kids, Get a Christmas Album

YouTube phenoms Pomplamoose have released a Christmas album — but it’s not for sale. The only way to get the album is to donate a book to the Richmond Book Drive. The deal is this: you buy a book for kids in Richmond, California public schools, and Pomplamoose gives you their Christmas album. (To be [...]

The Late Movies: Nerd Songs by Hank

You guys may or may not know Hank Green — 1/2 of the video-blog YouTube phenomenon Vlogbrothers, and the brother of John Green, novelist and former flosser. In the last few years, Hank’s taken to writing songs every few weeks for his YouTube audience, and they were so popular he actually released them last year [...]

John Green Hates Pennies (and Nickels)

So I’m a few weeks late to this party, but after Kottke.org picked up John Green’s anti-penny rant I felt obligated under the Blogger Code to post this video. (For those who haven’t been reading this blog for 3+ years, John Green is a former mental_floss blogger.) And I must say, I call John’s video [...]