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Music History #8: “New York Mining Disaster 1941″

“New York Mining Disaster 1941 (Have You Seen My Wife, Mr. Jones)” Written by Barry and Robin Gibb (1967) Performed by Bee Gees Getty Images The Music When the Bee Gees debut US single was released in April 1967, a lot of people thought it was The Beatles masquerading as another band. Even the name Bee Gees was [...]

The Late Movies: Songs About the Jersey Shore

I’ve lived my whole life in Philadelphia, which means every summer, I start thinking about how much I want to go to Jersey. Traditionally, Philadelphians like to mock New Jersey for, well, everything. From bad drivers to bad food to anything in between, we’re not fans of the Garden State. Except between Memorial Day [...]

The Voices Behind 6 Classic Cereal Mascots

Their faces aren’t as famous as those on the boxes, but odds are you’ve heard each of these beloved cereal mascots’ voices somewhere else. 1. Paul Frees Paul Frees was one of the most sought-after voiceover actors in his time. He recorded Boris Badenov in “Rocky and Bullwinkle,” but he’s probably more well-known for his commercial work: [...]

At the Libraries: Illustrators Remembering Maurice Sendak

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! Don’t you wish you could live near a pop-up library? * Maurice Sendak had a huge impact on children’s literature and art, and will be missed. Here are [...]

Niche Blogs: What Kids Eat

Chicken nuggets and pizza, right? That’s what kids would eat if we let them decide for themselves, but we’re concerned about raising the quality, and sometimes regulating the quantity, of children’s nutrition. And of course, that leads to blogs that impress us one way or another. Nine-year-old Martha Payne posts pictures of her meals at NeverSeconds, [...]

A Geeky Art Tribute To The Avengers And Maurice Sendak

In the midst of Avengers mania we lost a seminal talent in children’s literature-Maurice Sendak, so DeviantARTist AgarthanGuide decided to pay tribute in a manner most befitting an ubergeek-by turning the Avengers into a parade of Wild Things! I like that Black Widow is waving a banner that says “Shield!”, and all the detail that went [...]

Tea Time Links: Pampering the Stressed-Out Kindergarten Set

The Complex Mathematical Calculations Behind Matchmaking Websites Are Less Than Perfect Scientific American took up the cause of finding what goes wrong when people are matched up. * That Old Write-a-Book-and-Bury-it-for-Discovery-by-a-Mogul Ploy Is the Oldest Trick in the Book Kathy Hepinstall wrote a book that she wants Oprah to read. So she buried it on a mountain and took [...]

19 Fun Facts About Children’s Books Spotted at the Library

This past week I spent some quality time in the children’s section of my local library. Over on Instagram (we’re @mental_floss), I’ve been sharing photos of books with facts related to them. Since only 1,030 people have joined us over there — way more than the 42 who’d joined us before last weekend, but still [...]

Christopher Walken Reads Where The Wild Things Are

(YouTube Link) This reading of Maurice Sendak’s classic children’s book Where The Wild Things Are by Christopher Walken isn’t meant to amuse kids, but rather to make us grown folks chuckle while we imbibe our bubbly adult beverages. And whether this is Walken or an impersonator doesn’t really matter, because the narrator’s descriptions of what’s going [...]

At the Libraries: Panem Geography

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! Here are two great links for everyone who’s excited about The Hunger Games movie. First, a possible rendering of Panem. I live in either the wilderness [...]