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Before The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins Wrote for Clarissa Explains It All

Your Before-They-Were-Famous-Authors Fact of the Day (via @mental_floss): Years before she published The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins wrote for several Nickelodeon shows, including Clarissa Explains it All. Charles Dickens labeled bottles at a boot polish factory. John Steinbeck helped build the old Madison Square Garden. What’s your favorite Before-They-Were-Famous-Authors story?

The Late Movies: Songs About Guys Named Johnny—Readers Choice

Last week, I rounded up some songs about guys named Johnny. And then, the awesome members of the Mental Floss community did what they do best: suggested tons more! Here’s some of the songs you guys recommended. Can’t Keep Johnny Down A new-ish release from They Might Be Giants, the Johnny in this song is “a [...]

What Happened to the NIT?

Tonight at Madison Square Garden, Alabama will take on Wichita State for the National Invitation Tournament title. You might not realize it today, but the NIT wasn’t always an afterthought. Let’s take a look at how the New York tourney was eclipsed by the NCAA. Few collections of letters arouse mixed emotions in college hoops fans [...]

The Westminster Dog Show

The Westminster Dog Show was held this week at Madison Square Garden. The event drew over 2,500 dogs representing 179 breeds. The judges were impressed with outstanding breeding and grooming, while I am impressed with these dogs’ patience and behavior! The Big Picture blog has lots more photographs for your enjoyment. Link -via The Daily [...]

Why They’re Called the New York Rangers

In 1925, the New York Americans joined the National Hockey League and played their home games at the old Madison Square Garden. Tex Rickard, the boxing promoter and ex-gold prospector who built and owned the arena, decided he wanted his own NHL team, which he was awarded in 1926. Rickard’s team was immediately dubbed “Tex’s [...]