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5 Questions: Happy Monday!

Today is Kara’s birthday, so please celebrate with us by taking today’s mentalfloss.com 5 Questions quiz: Happy Monday!

Elevensanity!

11 image via Shutterstock It’s time to light the lights! On the 11th day of every month, we go a little overboard and post at least 11 ’11 lists’ (like 10 lists, only slightly longer). Jill, Higgins, and Kara have gotten us off to a fast start: 11 Wonderful Libraries in Africa * Wake Like the Astronauts! 11 Memorable [...]

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 [...]

Lectures for a New Year: Philip Glass Performs “Mad Rush”

In 1979, Philip Glass wrote a solo piano piece called “Mad Rush” (a piece of “indefinite length”) in honor of the 14th Dalai Lama’s visit to North America. I find the piece very moving — there’s something simultaneously contemplative and urgent about the music. I listen to it a lot while writing, in [...]

Starbuck and Starbuck in Starbucks

So, here we have Dirk Benedict, who played Lt. Starbuck in the classic Battlestar Galactica, with Katee Sackhoff, who played Kara “Starbuck” Thrace in the modern Battlestar Galactica, in a Starbucks coffee shop. The mind reels. Link | Photo: unknown

10 Cute and Creepy Crochet Creations

People all over the web are making amazing things with one hook and some yarn. If your idea of crochet is the afghan throw your great aunt made years ago, you are in for a treat! Amigurumi is the art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed characters of all kinds -and there is a vast [...]

Retail Store Grand Opening

Last week, we mentioned the Grand Opening of our new Ohio retail store and invited any Cleveland-area _flossers to stop on by. Stop on by you did—over 200 people paid Toby, Melanie, Nanette, Dana & Leo a visit this weekend, far exceeding (my) expectations. There were even readers waiting in the parking lot when Toby [...]

6 Secrets from the Brady Vault

The Brady Bunch debuted 40 years ago this week. To celebrate, we’re re-running Kara’s excellent story about the series, which was originally posted last year. Here’s the story of how a show started as a typical formulaic sitcom, but grew into a syndicated monster. From the time Greg Brady got high to the reason Cindy Brady [...]

Remembering Our Favorite Laugh-In Stars

Henry Gibson passed away last Monday at age 73. Current television viewers probably remember him from his role as Judge Clarence Brown on Boston Legal, but Baby Boomers will always picture him holding a large flower and reciting poetry on Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In. Laugh-In was a rapid-fire sketch comedy show that was “must see TV” [...]

$50 Challenge Winner: Congratulations, Allison Young!

It took Allison Young all of five minutes to correctly answer the ten questions in our $50 Challenge. Congratulations! She’s won a shopping spree in the mental_floss store. And this month’s random t-shirt winners are Ryan Pelster and Meri Beck, who also had all the right answers. I’ll be in touch about your prizes. 1. [...]