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The Missing Links: TV & Food

Today’s edition of The Missing Links contains TV and food. And that’s pretty much it. Because who doesn’t like those? Gone Too Soon: TV Character Edition Try not to tear up as you read through the 30 Saddest Television Deaths. And since people hate spoilers, I will tell you not to read this if you’re halfway through any [...]

Thank You to Everyone Who Mentioned Us on This Reddit Thread

Reddit must have like 50 million readers. A few hours ago, Alatorr gave us a shout out halfway down this thread about the most intellectually stimulating websites. Traffic has been pouring in ever since. Additional virtual high fives to somecrazybroad, RU_FKM, M4RTEL, LizzyBreal, catgirl667, Chrispanic, bafl1, dankula who showed us some love, too. And if [...]

What Happened to the X-Rating?

Once a pariah among concerned parents and a source of snickers among schoolchildren, the dreaded X-rating has all but vanished. What made this formerly MPAA-sanctioned rating go away? The Rating Game Hollywood has enforced an evolving system of self-regulation since the 1920s to avoid government intervention. In 1922, studio bosses answered the threat of censorship by creating [...]

Doctor Who’s 11th Doctor Sonic Screwdriver (Actual Screwdriver)

Doctor Who’s 11th Doctor Sonic Screwdriver (Actual Screwdriver) - $38.95 Attention Doctor Who fans! Doctor Who’s 11th Doctor Sonic Screwdriver (Actual Screwdriver) is back in stock at the NeatoShop! This nifty gadget is a fully-functioning screwdriver. The Doctor Who’s 11th Sonic Screwdriver (Actual Screwdriver) comes with 3 different sized (S,M,L) interchangeable and reversible Philips and flat-head tips. [...]

One More Odd Thing I Just Learned About Fish: Rotting Salmon Impact Forest Ecology

When I’m not blogging for mental_floss, I can usually be found wearing bright orange rubber pants and gutting, cutting and selling fish at my local Whole Foods (and winning awards for it). Sometimes, my two worlds collide and I find some scientific research involving my ocean-dwelling friends that begs for a blog post. This is one [...]

Ben Franklin’s 200+ Synonyms for “Drunk”

Yesterday we ran a quiz titled “Monty Python Phrase or Ben Franklin Synonym for Drunk?” The quiz referred to Franklin’s lengthy list of expressions meaning “inebriated” that he first published in the Pennsylvania Gazette on January 6, 1737. People must be tired of using the same old terms when describing their wasted friends, because we’ve received [...]