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15 Memorable mental_floss Moments of 2011

A lot of exciting things happened in the mental_floss universe in 2011. Here are the 15 we could remember. 1. We Helped Solve a Back to the Future Mystery Back in August, we threw out a question for discussion: “Is it ever explained why Marty hangs out with Doc Brown? He’s just in Doc’s house to start [...]

If You Happen to Be Shopping Today Near Chesterland, Ohio…

Just a reminder: there is a mental_floss retail store! It’s in Chesterland, Ohio. Toby, Melanie, Dana, Amy, office dog Leo and the rest of the gang would love to meet you. Here’s the address: 8051 Mayfield Road. Chesterland, OH 44026 Tell them that guy from the website sent you!

Recent Visitors to the mental_floss Store

The front part of our Ohio office serves as our retail store, and people travel great distances to cross “visit the mental_floss retail store” off their bucket lists. Last week Emily and Adrienne Davis made the trip from Oberlin, Ohio, and by all accounts they were wonderful guests. (Emily technically came all the way from [...]

The Quick 10: 9 Miss Golden Globes (and one Mr.)

The Golden Globes are coming up this weekend, which means it’s time for a new Miss Golden Globe. Although the award ceremony has been around since 1944, Miss Golden Globe didn’t start handing out trophies until 1966. There were actually two Miss Golden Globes that year – one for film and one for television. The [...]

The 50 Most Hated Characters in Literary History

You read the books, but not all characters are likable (just like real life). This list will no doubt spark discussion both for who it includes and for who it omits. I won’t tell you who is number one, but you know Scarlet O’Hara is on this list. Melanie made it, too. 4.) Scarlett O’Hara Gone With [...]

Immune Attack: Video Game To Teach Kids About Cell Biology

Isaac Asimov’s Fantastic Voyage is one of my favorite books ever, so I found this pretty neat: The Federation of American Scientists has developed a video game called Immune Attack to teach high school kids the basics of cell biology. The game involves navigating a nanobot through a 3D environment of blood vessels and connective [...]

Steampunk House

Bruce and Melanie Rosenbaum of Massachusetts are pretty enthusiastic about steampunk. So much so that they have converted the entire interior of their home into a steampunk haven called Modvic (modern Victorian). The full-house effect is amazing, as can be seen in the photos on the linked page. Link Via Acid Cow

Retail Store Grand Opening

Last week, we mentioned the Grand Opening of our new Ohio retail store and invited any Cleveland-area _flossers to stop on by. Stop on by you did—over 200 people paid Toby, Melanie, Nanette, Dana & Leo a visit this weekend, far exceeding (my) expectations. There were even readers waiting in the parking lot when Toby [...]

Painting in Gold: Gustav Klimt

At the request of readers Melanie & Johnny, today’s “Feel Art Again” features Gustav Klimt (1862-1918). The Austrian artist overcame poverty in his youth to create paintings decorated with gold leaf, such as “Adele Bloch-Bauer I” (above left) and “The Kiss”(above right). 1. Adele Bloch-Bauer, depicted in the painting above left, was the only person to [...]