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10 Fake Photos Of Hurricane Sandy

Frankenstorm Sandy has passed over the New York City area on her slow, destructive path north, leaving behind a trail of wreckageand mayhem from North Carolina up to at least Connecticut. The biggest mess, though, is in New York City: The streets and subway tunnels are filled with water, power lines and power stations have erupted [...]

The Missing Links: Grand Theft Space Shuttle

Selling Your Body To Science – While You’re Still Living Getty Images Writer and 30 Rock cast member John Lutz (he’s the one on the left) has done just that, and is writing a book about his experience. * In the Land Before Color Photography… Everyone was super weird and creepy. * Have A Laugh At Laughter’s Expense The [...]

Man Flattened by Falling Mattress

I keep my wallet in my front pocket, and still, tragedy strikes. #fallingmattresses — Jesse Scott Owen (@JesseScottOwen) September 19, 2012 Jesse Scott Owen was new to New York City, but the 18-year-old got a big city experience Tuesday when a mattress fell off the roof of a building and landed on him. Owen was walking along [...]

New York City’s Mad Bomber and His Patriotic Break

On November 16, 1940, an unattended wooden toolbox was discovered on a windowsill in the Consolidated Edison Company Building at 4 Irving Place in Manhattan. The headquarters of the utility giant is huge, taking up an entire block, and it was bustling that day. No one had seen who left the box behind, where they [...]

Photos of Film Stills at Their Real-Life Locations

Christopher Moloney’s FILMography overlays movies and reality, like this scene from The Dark Knight Rises shot at Federal Hall in New York City. Moloney matches the perspective perfectly. His other movie stills include The French Connection, The Muppets Take Manhattan, The Quiet American and Tomb Raider. Link -via Flavorwire

Last Kiss: Photo of a Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde by Mo Gelber

Photo: Mo Gelber Photographer Mo Gelber snapped this photo of modern day Bonnie and Clyde as they were marched into a Manhattan criminal court last month. Mo entered the photo, titled "Last [...]

The Sartorial Toddlers: How Rich People Dress Their Kids in $1,000 Outfits

The rich are different than you and I. For one, their kids are much better dressed. Well, much more expensively dressed anyways. Meet the sartorial one-percentlings: Juliet Sandler dresses in the latest $650 dresses and [...]

9 Intriguing Excerpts From Old FBI Files

Under J. Edgar Hoover, everybody who was anybody had an FBI file. Here are some interesting things we found while poking around their archives. 1. Albert Einstein Our favorite scientist’s file is over 1800 pages long. Einstein’s German roots always made the Bureau nervous. It didn’t help that he was an outspoken pacifist and socialist (not to [...]

Walk This Way: The History of the Moving Sidewalk

Authors like H.G. Wells, Isaac Asimov, and Robert Heinlein have long envisioned a future where the automobile gives way to massive, high-speed moving walkways. Some of them merely zoom commuters around cities, while others, like Heinlein’s “mechanized roads,” could take people from Cleveland all the way to Cincinnati. The moving sidewalk is familiar to travelers in [...]

11 Amazing Reader-Submitted Air Travel Facts

Last month, while Jason was flying home from Chicago, he asked readers to submit their most amazing facts related to air travel. We’ve combed through the submissions, fact-checked our favorites, and picked 11 winners. The winners will be contacted via e-mail so they can receive the mental_floss T-shirts of their choice. And the winners are… Amy Gardner McNeal: Seventy-five [...]