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Marie Curie’s Sex Scandal

Sex scandal and Nobel Prize winner don’t usually go hand-in-hand, so that’s why this story about physicist Marie Curie’s torrid love affair with a married man was huge news back then. Why, it even led to a duel and a [...]

Marie Curie’s Sex Scandal and the Duel It Inspired

Getty Images Marie Curie is well known as the first genius to have snagged two Nobel Prizes. The first came in 1903, when she and her husband, Pierre, were awarded a Nobel Prize in physics for their radiation research. Then, in 1911, she nabbed a Nobel in chemistry for her discovery of radium and polonium. But [...]

Donny and Marie Osmond Do Star Wars

(Video Link) The Seventies. It was a weird time to be alive. Redd Foxx is Obi-Wan Kenobi. Kris Kristofferson is Han Solo. Paul Lynde is Grand Moff Tarkin. The best part: Donny is Luke Skywalker and Marie is Leia Organa. Donny and Marie Osmond are brother and sister. Spoiler: they don’t kiss. -via Geek Diaper

The mental_floss Guide to the NCAA Tournament: The West

We may not be much help in filling out your bracket, but we can promise one interesting fact about each of the 68 teams in the tournament. Let’s tip things off with the West Region. © Chris Bergin/Icon SMI/Corbis (1) Michigan State In May, a Michigan State professor from the School of Social Work will begin teaching an [...]

11 Stunning Cakes That Look Exactly Like Other Foods

Sometimes there is more to a dinner plate than meets the eye. In some cases, what looks like a regular meal is actually a cake with some clever, camouflaging decoration. Here are ten cakes that look like something much more nutritious… or at least like something different. 1. A Frosty Bucket of Beer When cake decorator Rouvelee [...]

10 Time People of the Year That Weren’t Really People

As we all wait with bated breath to find out who Time’s Person of the Year will be for 2011 (we are all waiting with bated breath, right?), we thought we’d lake a look back at the times that the honoree wasn’t a person at all. The Man of the Year tradition started in 1927, allegedly [...]

Myth-Adventure: The True Story of Captain Kidd

The following is an article from Uncle John’s Supremely Satisfying Bathroom Reader. Here at the BRI,  we’re huge fans of Richard Zak’s books. They’re great bathroom reading. He has a new book coming out: The Pirate Hunter-The True Story of Captain Kidd. Here’s a teaser from his masterpiece, An Underground Education. WORKIN’ FOR THE MAN While the popular [...]

9 Child Prodigies (Who Actually Ended Up Doing Something)

Four-year-old Australian Aelita Andre is the talk of the international art world. She sold one painting for $24,000, and her work is currently on display at the Agora Gallery in New York. Perhaps a few decades from now, she’ll earn a spot on this list, which we first published in 2009. By Rick Chillot Being a child [...]

12 Bookstore Cats

Books and cats go together as well as peanut butter and jelly. You could file them under “things that are nice to curl up with” -at the same time! We featured a list of bookstore cats some time ago, but there are many stores with friendly and attractive cats. 1. Amber Flights of Fantasy bookstore in Colonie, [...]

Bunker: A Post-Apocalyptic Short Film

(Video Link) Bunker, a short film by Paul Doucet, is about a woman alone in a bunker beneath Paris after a nuclear war. Marie pleads over her radio for someone to respond to her. Finally, a voice answers. Dialogue in French with English subtitles. Run time: 10 minutes. Content warning: foul language. via io9