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The Missing Links: Horrible Things That Make You Happy

Looking at Einstein’s Brain: There’s An App For That? Yes, yes there is. * Charles Manson Just Doesn’t Make As Much Sense As You’d Think And that’s certainly saying something. Take, for instance, this note he sent to his musical namesake. * Riding the Subway is the Key To Happiness Well, it’s one of them, anyway—along with fighting, watching [...]

Toto, The Wizard of Oz Dog (1932-1945)

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website. Contrary to popular belief, the little black Cairn terrier who played Toto in The Wizard of Oz was not named Toto. That is, until The Wizard of Oz became so popular that almost everyone forgot what her original [...]

10 Things Created Over a Couple of Beers

After a few beers at the bar, even the most ridiculous ideas start to seem like The One That Will Make Millions. Sometimes, though, those ideas actually pan out. Here are a few reasons to take your next tipsy brainstorming session a little more seriously. 1. Southwest Airlines Getty Images In 1966, lawyer Herb Kelleher’s client, Rollin King, [...]

Six Months, Three Days

In the science fiction love story Six Months, Three Days, the first line sets up the scenario: “The man who can see the future has a date with the woman who can see many possible futures.” But can two people who recall the future the way the rest of us recall the past ever find [...]

The Time Groucho Marx Did the Charleston on Hitler’s Grave

© Bettmann/CORBIS Groucho Marx is unmatched in wit and humor. But one of his most poignant moments wasn’t remotely funny, nor was it caught on camera like so many of his one-liners and zingers. During the summer of 1958, Groucho and his You Bet Your Life director and close friend Robert Dwan toured Europe for six [...]

11 Shameless Comic Book Ads That Cost Us Our Allowance Money

If today’s Generation Y and Z-ers accuse us Baby Boomers of being cynical and distrustful, well, I for one blame it all on comic books. How many of us who grew up in the 1960s and early ’70s were lured by those enticing ads promising everything from X-Ray vision to frolicking, crown-wearing sea monkey pets [...]

7 Children’s Books Written in Response to Other Books

Some authors write books because they have a way with words. Other people write books because they have a story they want to share with the world. And a select group of individuals write books mostly to spite the author of another book. These books were written in response to another book, some angrily and [...]

Some Boxy Facts for Boxing Day!

Happy Boxing Day to those Flossers who celebrate it! On a more generic box-ing note, we’ve packaged a few boxy facts for your consideration: Crate Expectations What’s the difference between a wooden box and a wooden crate? Not very much to the average consumer, but the U.S. Government has a different take on the situation. There are [...]

You’ve Got a Friend in Me?! 4 Bizarre Friendships

This summer, mental_floss co-founder Mangesh Hattikudur read a book called Picking Cotton, the story of a college student named Jennifer Thompson who misidentified the man who raped her. A decade after his conviction, thanks to a DNA test, Ronald Cotton was exonerated. The real twist, however, is that against all odds, Thompson and Cotton are [...]