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The Missing Links: The Election As A Graphic Novel

Susan B. Anthony Voted 140 Years and 1 Day Ago And after she did so, she was arrested. Go vote. * Second Place Is First Loser How do you get over losing a Presidential election? Walter Moldale, Michael Dukakis and Bob Dole offer their personal experiences on shaking off the defeat. * The 2012 Presidential [...]

At the Libraries: What’s a Librarian Worth?

Each week Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books. If there’s something noteworthy going on in your local library, leave us a comment! *** What’s a librarian worth these days, anyhow? Well, I am glad you asked! * The New Yorker has some pretty hilarious readers. Their latest contest for literary/corporate mashups [...]

The Missing Links: That Cute Lion Wants to Have Your Child Over for Dinner

Choosy Expectant Moms Choose Cigs Holy Moly. Imagine if this ad appeared today. * Don’t Play Games With Your Food. Especially If It’s My Child. That lion at the zoo isn’t looking to make your son or daughter a quick meal. It wants to take its time. * Why Isn’t There a Wikipedia Page for Binaca? Our editor Jason English recently discovered [...]

The mental_floss Guide to the NCAA Tournament: The East

We’re going region by region, giving you one fun fact about each team in the tournament. (1) Syracuse Syracuse’s colors were originally pink and blue, but the class of 1890 changed it to orange. A member of that class explained the switch at his 50th reunion in 1940: “What kind of ‘whoopee’ can be made with [...]

9 Other Famous Harvard Dropouts

© Joseph Sohm/Visions of America/Corbis Most people are familiar with the stories of Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, who achieved great success as the founders of Microsoft and Facebook, respectively, after dropping out of Harvard. Here are nine other former Harvard students who made out just fine without earning their degrees. 1. Robert Frost Frost, a San Francisco [...]

Zuckerberg-Eisenberg-Samberg: SNL Goes Meta

We don’t often post about “what happened on TV last night,” but this is pretty neat. The host on Saturday Night Live was the actor who played Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in the movie The Social Network. His name is Jesse Eisenberg, and he’s up for an Oscar for the role. He is in the [...]

Digg: A Cautionary Tale for Web 2.0 Companies?

Redesigns are fraught with potential problems, but it seems that the implosion of Digg after its latest redesign serves as a particularly striking guide of what NOT to do. Daniel Lyons of Newsweek wrote an interesting article about how Digg is a cautionary tale for Web 2.0 companies: Digg’s collapse has become a cautionary tale for so-called [...]