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Back to the Future LEGO Set

Suggested by fans, the LEGO company will be rolling out a Back to the Future LEGO Set in mid-2013. And better yet, the designers are donating their royalties to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s research. Link

Sneakerheads: A Brief History of Sneaker Collecting

For many of us, buying a pair of sneakers is a chore. But for a sneaker collector, there’s no greater joy than a fresh pair of kicks. Here’s a look at this growing subculture, whose members are proud to call themselves “sneakerheads.” From B-Boys to Sneakerheads Sneaker collecting got its start in the late 1970s [...]

12 Attempts to Bribe Celebrities for Worthy Causes

Want to contribute to a worthy cause and get your favorite celebrity to do something awesome and/or ridiculous? That’s the idea behind Charity Bribes. Anyone can post something awesome or bizarre for a specific celebrity to do. These ideas go on a master list, where the good people of the Internet vote for their favorites. [...]

Nike Is About To Take Shoes Back To The Future

(YouTube Link) If you thought you had to go back in time to see the shoes Marty McFly wore in Back To The Future II, you’ll be positively delighted by Nike’s release of the 2011 MAG, faithful reproductions of the shoes seen in the film which are being auctioned off to benefit the Michael J. Fox [...]

Michael J. Fox’s Middle Name is Andrew

Image credit: Maureen Donaldson/Getty Images Michael J. Fox was born 50 years ago today. But as Stacy Conradt once told us, he wasn’t Michael J. back then. He was Michael A. Fox, for Andrew. There was already a Michael Fox in the Screen Actors Guild, so I suppose Michael decided “J.” sounded better than “A,” eh? To [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Names That Were Already Taken

There aren’t many places where names are first come, first-served, but actors’ unions are one of them. If you tried to register with one and found that someone was already actively using your name, you’d simply have to pick another one. It’s likely not a problem for people called Gyllenhaal, but the 10 entertainers below [...]

The Quick 10: People With Fake Middle Initials

Maybe fake isn’t exactly correct – some of the people on this list really have initials for middle names, they just don’t mean anything. But others have made them up entirely. Read on to see what I mean. 1. Harry S. Truman. His parents were trying to please both grandpas – Anderson Shippe Truman and [...]

Top Quizzes of 2010: Are They Canadian? (#24)

This week we’ll be counting down some of the top mental_floss quizzes of 2010. Enjoy! You probably know that Michael J. Fox, Jim Carrey and Dan Aykroyd all hail from the Great White North. And John Candy, Phil Hartman, Rick Moranis, Mike Myers and Martin Short. Oh, and Celine Dion and all those hockey players, too. [...]

Movie Trivia: Back to the Future

Can you believe it’s been 25 years since we first went back in time? Well, maybe you can if you’ve seen all of the press coverage recently. With the trilogy just released on Blu-Ray, we thought it was a good time to do a little time-traveling back to 1985 ourselves to do a little trivia [...]

7 Modern Werewolves You Need To Know

Time to get in the mood for Halloween! While werewolves predate Greek mythology, the story of Lycaon is still one of the earliest examples of a man shapeshifting into an anthropomorphic wolf-like creature. If you recall, Lycaon was transformed into a wolf after eating human flesh. Skip ahead to our times and shapeshifters abound on [...]