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The Missing Links: In 1492, Columbus Sailed … Into A Mall?

In A Perfect World, Science Museums Wouldn’t Have to Advertise But since it isn’t and they do, you might as well make sure the advertisements are geeky and cool to show off your science smarts. * Energy: Sure. Education: Absolutely. Cancer: Huh? Until I read this article, I never really considered that carcinogens might have their own [...]

Godzilla Christmas Tree

Allegedly, this is a picture of a Godzilla-shaped Christmas tree that appeared in the Aqua City Odaiba shopping mall. Within minutes, it destroyed the mall. So, in retrospect, it was a really bad idea. Link -via blastr | Photo credit: unknown

World’s Largest Shopping Mall is Empty

When the New South China Mall opened in 2006, it was marked as another wonder of the world for China and the world’s largest mall. Today, it has an occupancy rate of only 2%. “Sometimes tour groups come here from [nearby cities] Guangzhou or Shenzhen,” said Hu Xiaocui, a bored ticket taker at the Teletubbies playroom [...]

The Number of the Day: 1 in 11

At your typical American shopping mall, one in every 11 stores is currently empty — the highest vacancy rate in a decade. Related Link: The stories behind 20 mall staples. [Sources: The Week and TIME. See previous Numbers of the Day here. ]

Flash Mob Proposal

(YouTube link) A guy in Johannesburg hired 100 singers to stage a flashmob at a mall, all to propose to his girlfriend. I cannot understand how some shoppers are in such a hurry that they can’t stop and enjoy the moment with them. Or do singing flash mobs happen every day at the mall? -via Buzzfeed

Tasty Sweets Turned to Art

By now you’ve probably already heard about the Chocolate Fashion Show that takes place in New York every year. But the entirely chocolate room created in a Libyan shopping mall is a new concept. The room took seven artists over 650 pounds of chocolate. It was designed as a celebration for Valentine’s Day and will [...]

Last Chance for Free Shipping! (Ends at Midnight)

You don’t want any part of the mall this time of year. Instead, find great gifts for your daughters, fathers, book club buddies, former roommates, and Secret Santa selections at the mental_floss store! Order now and get free shipping*. Just enter the code FREESHIP before checkout. From Law School in a Box to The Global Puzzle [...]

Hunky Santa

The Beverly Center mall in Los Angeles has a different kind of Santa Claus. For nine years now, Santa is a hunky young man who performs with the Candy Cane Girls in a 15-minute show in the center of the mall on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Twenty-nine-year-old James Ellis is this year’s Hunk Santa. The [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Facts about the Mall of America

Thanksgiving is over, and the other holidays aren’t quite here yet, so that can only mean one thing: it’s shopping season. At least, it is for me. Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and all of the sales and “deals” that will take us through December 26th or so – it’s awfully tempting for someone who likes [...]

Neatorama Christmas Special

This Christmas, skip the long lines and hassles of going to the mall. Neatorama’s got your covered: you’ll get a free Mystery Bonus with every purchase of select items in our Christmas Special (while supplies last, no rainchecks). New items are added regularly ’til Christmas, so check back often! Your purchase helps support the blog. [...]