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Iconic Movie Roles and the Actors Who Almost Turned Them Down

Photo credit: Murray Close “Just saying yes to this one thing could completely change my life, and I don’t know if it’s going to be for the better.” – Jennifer Lawrence on taking the role of Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games. Lawrence is hardly the first actor to consider turning down a big role. While it’s [...]

The Favorite Movies of 42 Famous People

Presidents & Politicians What’s with presidents and High Noon? 1. Barack Obama – The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather: Part II (1974) When Katie Couric asked then-presidential-candidate Barack Obama what his favorite movie is, he replied, “Oh, I think it would have to be The Godfather. One and Two. Three not so much. That saga — I [...]

11 TV Theme Songs That Secretly Have Lyrics

Chances are, you’ve been humming these classic TV theme songs for years. Now you can get their lyrics stuck in your head, too. 1. We mentioned last week that Andy Griffith recorded a version of “The Fishing Hole” – AKA the theme song to The Andy Griffith Show – that was replaced by the all-whistling version. [...]

Flerovium and Livermorium: New Elements in the Periodic Table

Let’s welcome two new elements to the Periodic Table: Flerovium and Livermorium! The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry officially approved names for the elements – which sit at slot 114 and 116, [...]

11 Notable Patients at the Government Hospital for the Insane

St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, D.C., provided mental health care services to members of the U.S. armed forces and District residents when it opened as the Government Hospital for the Insane in 1855. Founded by social reformer and mental health advocate Dorothea Dix, St. Elizabeths treated more than 7,000 patients at its height during the [...]

The Feast of St. Lawrence

Today is the feast day of St. Lawrence, who tradition says was martyred by being roasted alive. He supposedly even made a joke about it: “Turn me over, this side is done.” St. Lawrence is now the patron saint of cooks, which may be a nod to his famous sense of humor. What will Catholics eat [...]

The Only Three Ties in Stanley Cup Finals History

If Boston wins at home tonight, the Stanley Cup Finals will head back to Canada for a deciding Game 7. If Vancouver wins, the Canucks will clinch their first Stanley Cup in three tries. But what if the teams tie? It’s highly unlikely that tonight’s game will end in a draw. After all, Rule 84.5 of [...]

The mental_floss Guide to the NCAAs (The Southwest)

We may not be much help in filling out your bracket. But throughout this week we’re going to bring you a _flossy take on March Madness: one interesting fact about each of the 68 teams in the tournament field. Let’s kick things off with the Southwest region. (1) Kansas began playing basketball in 1898, shortly [...]

12 Bookstore Cats

Books and cats go together as well as peanut butter and jelly. You could file them under “things that are nice to curl up with” -at the same time! We featured a list of bookstore cats some time ago, but there are many stores with friendly and attractive cats. 1. Amber Flights of Fantasy bookstore in Colonie, [...]

Man Daily Blogs about a Movie about Woman Who Daily Blogged the Recipes of Julia Child

In 2002, blogger Julie Powell decided to spend a year cooking all 524 recipes in Julia Child’s cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking. She blogged about her experience daily. The blog led to a book. Then, in 2009, this story was turned into a movie called Julie & Julia. Lawrence Dai is taking this process [...]