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The Late Movies: Happy Birthday, Barbra Streisand

Happy 70th Birthday to singer, actress, writer, film producer, director and all-around fabulous gal, Barbra Streisand. Babs has had a pretty neat career. Besides conquering stage and screen, she holds the record for the most top-ten albums of any female recording artist. She and Katharine Hepburn are the only two women to ever share an [...]

15 Memorable mental_floss Moments of 2011

A lot of exciting things happened in the mental_floss universe in 2011. Here are the 15 we could remember. 1. We Helped Solve a Back to the Future Mystery Back in August, we threw out a question for discussion: “Is it ever explained why Marty hangs out with Doc Brown? He’s just in Doc’s house to start [...]

Woman suffers from being allergic to water

26-year-old Katie Dell is one of only 35 people in the world known to suffer from an allergy to water. Katie has had to endure being unable to take a …

New York Shots

Katie O’Beirne has an idea so simple it’s downright brilliant. She leaves a disposable camera in the park, tied to a park bench with a twine, and then waits to see what develops. She posts the wonderful photos taken by random strangers [...]

The Breast Milk Diet

Making the rounds on the Net today is the adventure of a man who’s trying to survive on a diet consisting solely of his wife’s breast milk. Here’s what happened: The story so far: Curtis and [...]

Diabetic Dog Finds Home with Diabetic Twins

Roxy is a Staffordshire bull terrier who suffers from diabetes and requires daily insulin shots. The Scottish SPCA wondered if she would ever be adopted into a permanent home. But Catherine and Graham Hendry didn’t consider the shots a burden because their 8-year-old twin daughters, Louise and Katie, also have type 1 diabetes and must [...]

Paper Airplane Producers: Morning Types vs. Evening Types

The following article is reprinted from The Annals of Improbable Research. by David L. Dickinson, Dept. of Economics, Appalachian State University, and Todd McElroy, Dept. of Psychology, Appalachian State University People differ in their diurnal (time of day) preferences: some are morning-types and others are evening-types. These differences are explored in a unique experiment design in which [...]

Resumes Way Better Than Your Bullet-Pointed One

Until very recently, I was guilty of a boring, bullet-pointed resume too (I realize that’s cool in some industries, but a creative job should call for a creative resume, right?). That being said, mine still doesn’t look as good as graphic designer Katie Briggs‘. “I haven’t been turned down for anything I’ve applied for with [...]

Putting a Good Face on it: The Evolution of Mr. Potato Head

It started as body parts you jabbed into real potatoes and became a cultural phenomenon, resulting in some sweet film roles and government work. Let’s go back to the beginning. 1949: A Spud is Born Brooklyn-born toy inventor George Lerner tries to capitalize on kids who like to play with their food. Surprisingly, Lerner’s idea of creating [...]

Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel: "What Is Internet?"

(YouTube link) This vintage 1994 Today Show clip features a snarky Bryant Gumbel and a bubbly Katie Couric – sporting a hairdo that looks like it should have been preserved in a time capsule – both completely mystified at the terminology of this wacky new Internet fad. And for that matter just “what is Internet” anyway? [...]