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Fictional, Inc.

TV, literature, and movies are full of fictional businesses and products. How well do you know these companies that don’t exist? Find out in today’s Lunchtime Quiz at mental_floss. I didn’t know any of the answers, but scored 7/12 by educated guess! I bet you can do better. Link

Stay At a Real-Life Hobbit House For $245 a Night

We have featured some posts on real life hobbit houses in the past but now you can rent hobbit house for only $245 a night in Montana.While the exterior is an “authentic” looking replica of the hobbit dwelling, the inside boasts modern human amenities including HD TV and Wi-Fi. What other houses based on literature [...]

The Quick 10: The 10 Best Characters You’ve Never Seen

Sometimes the characters we don’t see end up having the most impact… and sometimes they’re just a good running joke for a sitcom. Check out these 10 characters from film, television and literature who were often referenced but never seen. 1. Godot from Waiting for Godot. In Samuel Beckett’s classic, two men spend two days (wait [...]

Brain: Getting Dumped and Getting Burned Are The Same Pain

Literature is filled with examples of the pain of heartbreak, but leave it to science to prove that to our brain, the pain of getting dumped and getting burned is actually one and the same: In a new study using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), researchers have found that the same brain networks that are activated [...]

Hollywood Versions of Children’s Classics

Steve Murray of Canada’s National Post imagined how Hollywood would treat classics from children’s literature and comics, such as Humpty Dumpty, the Gingerbread Man, and Peanuts. Dr. Seuss titles in particular would seem to lend themselves well to horror movies. Link via Popped Culture

Americans Who Won the Nobel Prize in Literature

Your knowledge of American literature will be sorely tested in today’s Lunchtime Quiz at mental_floss. Eleven Americans have won the Nobel Prize for literature. You get to match their names with a statement that describes him or her. I only got five right, for a score of 45%. I am so ashamed. Link

Hitler’s Personal Library

This past January, Timothy Ryback wrote in The Times about the books that Adolf Hitler kept in his private library. 1,200 books that he retained at his residences in southern Germany are now warehoused by the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Ryback suggests that one might gain insights into the mind of a man [...]