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11 Things You May Not Know About John Lennon

Getty Images John Lennon was the leader and founding member of The Beatles. Let’s take a look at a few facts you might not have known about him. 1. He was a choir boy and a Boy Scout. Yes, John Lennon, the great rock ‘n’ roll rebel and iconoclast, was once a choir boy and a Boy Scout. John [...]

Game On: Street Fighter LEGO Minifigs

If you saw this picture and got super excited about being able to buy these guys, I hate to disappoint, but they aren’t for sale. These amazingly intricate Minifigs were actually custom created by LEGO fan Julian Fong. It took him over a year to paint the whole set, so if you want to follow [...]

On Music: Beatlemania Week – No. 4

“Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” Contrary to the popular story we all heard growing up, the song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” was not inspired by LSD; rather, by a drawing John Lennon’s son Julian did of his classmate, Lucy O’Donnell. Julian brought the drawing home from nursery school in 1966, and explained to [...]

11 Incredible Edible Daleks

A dalek is a science fiction character found in the British TV series Doctor Who. They are evil alien mutants who travel inside cyborg shells and try to exterminate other beings. They are also funny-looking, and have inspired many cooks to recreate their appearance in tasty treats! 1. Dalek Oreo Cake Bites Navaboo made daleks from Oreo [...]

The Lost Masterpiece

The following is an article from Uncle John’s All-Purpose Extra Strength Bathroom Reader. A few years ago one of our BRI writers saw the classic 1931 horror film Dracula for the first time …and thought it was terrible. He never knew there was a story behind why the film had so many problems -or even that [...]

8 Famous Christmas Babies

Historians now largely agree that Jesus wasn’t actually born on December 25th, but that doesn’t mean no one of historical significance was born that day. Here are the stories of eight famous people born on Christmas Day. 1. Isaac Newton: Yes, Mr. Gravity himself was born on Christmas Day in 1642. This was under the Julian [...]

The Brutal Truth Behind Boxing Kangaroos

Photo: Julian Robinson [Flickr] The term “Boxing kangaroo” brought to my mind a cartoon image of a kangaroo with boxing gloves, but in the wild, these roo fights are less like boxing and more like brutal knife fights. Photographer Julian Robinson (aaardvaark on Flickr) observed: Bouncing nimbly on powerful hind legs, sizing each other up, the two [...]

The Late Movies: The Old Grey Whistle Test

The Old Grey Whistle Test was a BBC TV show featuring live music. It ran from 1971 through 1988 on BBC2, and many performances are now collected on YouTube — I’ll show you some favorites below. But what the heck does “Old Grey Whistle Test” mean? According to host Bob Harris, the name comes from: … [...]

10 Facts About The Ten

In 1897, ten painters seceded from the Society of American Artists in protest of the group’s increasing focus on “too much business and too little art.” These 10 artists signed a charter for their own new group, agreeing to hold an annual exhibition, for each person to exhibit at every annual show, and to only [...]

Wacky Tales from Olympics Past

We’re big Olympics fans here at mental_floss, and it’s killing us that we’ve got to wait nearly two more years until the London Olympics begin. In the meantime, let’s scratch our Olympic itch by looking at some stories you might not know from earlier Games. Marathon Madness Before the 1896 Olympic revival in Athens, there was no [...]