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Fishermen Catch 1,100 Pound Sturgeon on a Rod and Reel

It’s not uncommon for fishermen to catch 30 to 100 pound white sturgeon in British Columbia’s Fraser River. But this one, caught on a rod and reel, weighed about 1,100 pounds and was more than 12 feet long. It may be over a hundred years old: It could also be 35 years older than the angler, [...]

10 Terrible Movie Moms and the Rotten Things They Said

Going to the movies should make you appreciate your mother even more, as monster mothers run rampant in fiction. Or even non-fiction. Of course, we consider things to be entertainment only if they are outside of your ordinary experience. If you fought with your mom over what to wear to the prom, consider Margaret White [...]

“Simpsons” Creator Matt Groening’s Dad Was Named Homer, and He Made Movies

Matt Groening created “The Simpsons,” and as we all know, Homer Simpson is the patriarch of the family. Well, Homer was the name of Matt’s dad too…but he wasn’t a doofus. The late Homer Groening was a documentary filmmaker, a WWII pilot, and a writer, among other things. Today I thought I’d [...]

Coast Guard Discovers Body, Which Turns Out To Be E.T.

The Coast Guard received a distress call about a body spotted floating off the coast of Old Portsmouth, Hants, and when they arrived they found that it was a creature from another planet! What they had actually discovered was a life-sized replica of everybody’s favorite turtle-esque alien E.T., which had been stolen from the home of [...]

The Late Movies: Dogs and Turkeys

Our Thanksgiving gift to you: Six videos of dogs and turkeys. You’re welcome. Scaredy … dog? This turkey-stealing gives new meaning to the phrase “free range.” Dexter loves his frozen turkey so much that he wants to sleep with it. Literally. Margaret the Bulldog had a bad Thanksgiving—no turkey and she was in heat! This Chihuahua loves turkey so much, [...]

The mental_floss Guide to the NCAAs (The Southeast)

We may not be much help in filling out your bracket. But throughout this week we’re going to bring you a _flossy take on March Madness: one interesting fact about each of the 68 teams in the tournament field. Tonight we’re tackling the Southeast region. (1) Pittsburgh graduated its first female students in 1898. Sisters Margaret [...]

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher was the tough-talking Conservative face of British politics throughout the 1980s. You may know about her policies, but how well do you know the woman who was nicknamed “The Iron Lady”? 1. She Started Out as a Chemist In 1943, an 18-year-old Margaret Roberts headed to Oxford on a scholarship and began studying natural [...]

11 Things Wal-Mart Has Banned

Retail giant Wal-Mart is the world’s largest public company, and whether or not you’re a fan of shopping at the House that Sam Walton Built, you’ve got to admit that the store stocks just about everything. But not quite, though. There are a number of things that Wal-Mart has banned from its stores at some [...]