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The Life And Times Of The MGM Lion

The famous mascot of Metro-Goldwyn Mayer is not one lion, but five lions. These are their stories. Slats (1917–1928) Wikimedia Commons Slats, born at the Dublin Zoo in 1919, was MGM’s first lion. He had previously appeared in the logo of the Goldwyn Pictures Corporation, where designer Howard Dietz chose the lion as a mascot as a tribute [...]

Leonardo da Vinci’s Anatomical Drawings

Images: Royal Collection and Dr. Richard Wellings/UCHW Five hundred years ago, Leonardo da Vinci wanted to know how the human body was composed, and set out to work on a treatise on human anatomy. [...]

The Pitch for The Muppet Show

Wow. Here’s the original pitch Jim Henson made to sell The Muppet Show to CBS. It’s a slow build — things only start getting wacky around the one-minute mark, but go completely nuts by the end. This is brilliant. According to Muppet Wiki, there was a little clip at the end [...]

Neil deGrasse Tyson Should Get an Editor’s Credit on the Titanic Re-Release

Seeing a popular motion picture reappear in theaters years after its initial release is not a new thing. However, as technical advances continue to speed exponentially forward, a film’s re-issue gives a filmmaker the opportunity to make strategic changes to the content of the film – alter digital effects, add new scenes, swap out one [...]

Police: Suspect Tried to Hide from Thermal Sensors in a Pile of Manure

But…it works in the movies! Why not in real life? On the run from a police helicopter, a man in Wiltshire, UK hid inside a manure pile: The 34-year-old Lithuanian man, from Ilford, Essex, was found “face-down in the dung” by officers after abandoning his van in Manton near Marlborough. [...] According to a police spokesperson, the [...]

Four Feline Photographers

Yesterday I read about a documentary film that debuted at the SXSW Film Festival in which the cinematographer was a cat. The item jogged my memory, as I had posted about this same cat back in 2007. He’s not the only cat who takes pictures, so let’s meet several cats who record their feline adventures [...]

The Terrifying Roar of a Lion

(YouTube link) Leo is learning, so stop laughing or he will eat you …someday! -via reddit

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 [...]

The Historical Gift Guide: 15 of the Greatest Gifts in the History of Presents

Do you have a pal who always leaves you scratching your head when it comes to gifts? Perhaps something in our Historical Gift Guide will sound like the perfect present for the person in your life who has everything—everything except a 69-carat diamond, an eagle made of beer can tabs, and fire. 1. For Friends Abroad: [...]

If You Happen to Be Shopping Today Near Chesterland, Ohio…

Just a reminder: there is a mental_floss retail store! It’s in Chesterland, Ohio. Toby, Melanie, Dana, Amy, office dog Leo and the rest of the gang would love to meet you. Here’s the address: 8051 Mayfield Road. Chesterland, OH 44026 Tell them that guy from the website sent you!