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Dot-WTF? These Top-Level Domains Could Be Coming Your Way

In June, ICANN announced that over 1,400 new generic top-level domain names (in other words, .wedding, .sex, and .lawyer) were under consideration to join the familiar .com and its kin. Weirdness has ensued. A Brief Technical Lesson In the world of web domains, there are two crucial parts: the Domain Name itself (like “mentalfloss”) and [...]

10 Scandalous VP Stories Worth a Warm Bucket of Spit

Getty Images This morning Mitt Romney tapped Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate. John Nance Garner, FDR’s first vice president, either said the VP position wasn’t worth “a warm pitcher of piss” or “a warm bucket of spit.” Whatever body fluid and receptacle he really used, you get the idea. But that doesn’t mean [...]

Prom: The Ever Escalating Cost of the Social Arms Race

If you’ve got a teen who’s been bugging you about going to prom, then you probably already know this: prom is much more expensive nowadays than when you went oh so many years ago. USA Today business reporter Hadley Malcolm (left, above), [...]

Man Cooked Own Cheeseburger and Fries at Denny’s

When you want something done right, you’ve got to do it yourself … and James B. Summers of Madison, Wisconsin, wants his cheeseburger done exactly his way: America’s diner is always open, but police say [...]

I’m Human

(YouTube link) The broadcasting squad at Liberty Middle School in Madison, Alabama produced this video. It was entirely shot on iPads and mixed with music by Sigur Rós. “As people were walking out of the school, it was clear that it was the best vibe in the school that had been there all year,” said broadcasting teacher [...]

Beezow Doo-Doo Zopittybop-Bop-Bop

A 30-year-old man in Madison, Wisconsin has found a sure-fire way to get his 15 minutes of fame on the internet. Beezow Doo-Doo Zopittybop-Bop-Bop, 30, was arrested Thursday afternoon on charges of carrying a concealed weapon, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and a violation of probation in Madison, Wisc. Zopittybop-Bop-Bop was born Jeffrey Drew Wilschke, [...]

Why Do We Call the President’s Wife “First Lady”?

We may have Zachary Taylor to thank for coining the term, but it’s a journalist who popularized it nearly 30 years later. As I’m sure many of you know, Dolley Madison was one of the most beloved first ladies in the history of the White House. She was a charming and thoughtful hostess, she was the [...]

Flying Creature Diverts Plane

(YouTube link) A passenger on a Delta flight from Madison, Wisconsin to Atlanta, Georgia posted a video to CNN of a flying creature in the passenger section. The plane was diverted back to Madison, where the passengers were rebooked. A Delta spokesman said the plane was searched, but they never found the animal. The plane then [...]

Five for Fighting

The following is an article from the book Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Salutes the Armed Forces.. In 1942 five brothers made a sacrifice that showed just how much a family could give to the war effort. PATRIOTIC FERVOR January 3, 1942: After ringing in the New Year, the five Sullivan brothers from Waterloo, Iowa, enlisted in the Navy. [...]

Taxidermy Gone Wild

Art takes many forms and uses a variety of media. A skilled artist can make a thing of beauty out of any available material, including dead animals. However, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and many beginners think they are a skilled artists. That’s why we have a range of “art” that includes [...]