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Wright’s Law

(YouTube link) Jeffrey Wright is a very popular and effective physics teacher at Louisville Male Traditional High School in Kentucky. But he has lessons from his own life that are even more important than physics. Read more about him at the New York Times. Link 

Trailer Park

Yeah, it’s a park on a trailer. This is one of the “pop-up parks” seen around Louisville, Kentucky, on Friday. Parking spaces were turned into green spaces by those celebrating PARK(ing) Day. Link -via reddit

Interesting College Courses at Sweet 16 Schools

Sweet Sixteen schools are obviously pretty good at basketball (this year, anyway). But they’re also pretty good at coming up with interesting classes that have students clamoring to enroll. Check out some of the unusual past and present offerings in the Sweet 16. University of Florida: Lightning Research Laboratory. Students and researchers basically spend their summer [...]

The mental_floss Guide to the NCAA Tournament: The West

We may not be much help in filling out your bracket, but we can promise one interesting fact about each of the 68 teams in the tournament. Let’s tip things off with the West Region. © Chris Bergin/Icon SMI/Corbis (1) Michigan State In May, a Michigan State professor from the School of Social Work will begin teaching an [...]

10 Time People of the Year That Weren’t Really People

As we all wait with bated breath to find out who Time’s Person of the Year will be for 2011 (we are all waiting with bated breath, right?), we thought we’d lake a look back at the times that the honoree wasn’t a person at all. The Man of the Year tradition started in 1927, allegedly [...]

What Is the Fittest City in the US?

According to a study by the American College of Sports Medicine, it’s the Minneapolis-St.Paul metropolitan area, followed by Washington, D.C.: Their winning rank reflects the cities’ relatively low (and rapidly-diminishing) smoking rate, their above-average percentage of regular exercisers, moderate-to-low rates of obesity, asthma, diabetes, and other chronic concerns, and rising share of farmers’ markets (indicative of [...]

The History of The High Five

Did you know the third Thursday of every April is National High Five Day? That would be April 21 this year. While the best way to celebrate High Five Day is simply to give out your fair share of celebratory slaps, it can also help to know your history and when it comes to the [...]

Cat Rescued From Soup Can

A stray 4-month-old kitten in Louisville, Kentucky, helped himself to the remnants of a discarded can of soup and got his head wedged tight inside the can. The kitten was brought in by MAS animal control officer Raymond Thomas on Monday, and was immediately taken to the veterinary staff, Gulbe said. An initial attempt was made by [...]

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 [...]

Billy Beer: The Reason Billy Carter Quit Drinking

When the national press descended on Plains, GA, during the 1976 presidential campaign, the journalists were looking for some insight into Democratic challenger Jimmy Carter’s character. They found something even better: Carter’s hard-drinking younger brother, gas station owner Billy. [Image credit: Bettmann/CORBIS] The media quickly fell in love with the bespectacled, beer-chugging younger Carter. Billy’s Southern-fried [...]