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World War I Centennial: Bulgaria, Serbia, Greece Declare War

The First World War was an unprecedented catastrophe that killed millions and set the continent of Europe on the path to further calamity two decades later. But it didn’t come out of nowhere. With the centennial of the outbreak of hostilities coming up in 2014, Erik Sass will be looking back at the lead-up to the [...]

VP or MVP?

How well do you know the United States vice-presidents? If you’re not all that familiar with their names, maybe you can get by through knowing Major League Baseball Most Valuable Players! In today’s Lunchtime Quiz at mental_floss, you’ll be given a name, and you decide whether he was an MVP or a VP. Simple! Uh, [...]

Thrill Murray: The Bill Murray Coloring Book

What could be more awesome than Bill Murray (other than his South Atlantic League’s baseball hall of fame acceptance speech and except for Garfield)? How about this: Thrill Murray, [...]

Bill Murray’s Sally League Hall Of Fame Acceptance Speech

(YouTube Link) Bill Murray was recently inducted into baseball’s South Atlantic League Hall of Fame, and his speech confirms that the League clearly chose the best man for the award. Bill’s speech is heartwarming, funny and reveals the deep love he’s had since childhood for America’s national pastime, and how he came to be co-owner of the [...]

Meet Garfield, the 40-Pound Cat

Garfield recently came to live at the North Shore Animal League shelter in Long Island, New York, when his elderly owner died. Shelter staff have him on a carefully restricted diet now. How did a cat get to forty pounds? Maybe Garfield was eating lasagna like his namesake! Buzzfeed has lots more pictures of the [...]

Teams That Haven’t Won a World Series

Store this away for a future trivia night. There are still eight current major league teams that have never won the World Series: the San Diego Padres, Tampa Bay Rays, Washington Nationals, Houston Astros, Colorado Rockies, Milwaukee Brewers, Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers.

NFL Starting Quarterbacks

The National Football League begins its new season on Thursday. Today’s Lunchtime Quiz at mental_floss will determine how psyched up you are! Football fans: can you name the starting quarterbacks for all 32 NFL teams playing this weekend? Some of them may surprise you. You have five minutes -and mental_floss even gives you a starting [...]

The Number of the Day: 800

The son of a major league baseball player is 800 times more likely to play in the majors than is an “average kid.” Related Fact: On September 14, 1990, Seattle Mariners Ken Griffey and Ken Griffey, Jr. became the first and only father-son combination to hit back-to-back home runs in a Major League game. [Sources: Freakonomics and [...]

The Best and Worst Minor League Stadium Promotions

The Peoria Chiefs, the Class A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, joined the list of LeBron James’ bashers when it staged a “LeBron James NBA Championship Replica Ring Giveaway” after the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Miami Heat for the NBA title. There was no ring, of course. The Chiefs claimed to explore the possibility of skipping the [...]

Baseball’s Worst Players of All Time

When I recently shared an video about the great Bob Uecker’s side career in professional wrestling, I also pointed out his notoriety as play-by-play announcer for the Brewers and as an actor in several hilarious roles. Our dutiful reader and commenter Tim H. also reminded us that Uecker had a major league career of his [...]