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How 11 Triple Crown Winners Spent Their Retirement Years

JOHN ANGELILLO/UPI/Landov The decision to scratch and retire I’ll Have Another with swelling in his left front leg on the day before the Belmont Stakes cost him a shot to become the 12th Triple Crown winner, but owner J. Paul Reddam still stands to make millions in stud fees. While the three-year-old colt would likely [...]

Invasion of the Nintendoids

Totally rad! You can be a Nintendoid, too, with all this cool gear from Homer’s of Omaha! That is, if you were a young gamer in the early ’90s who bugged his parents until they bought such stuff. Clothing available in men’s and children’s sizes. Link

The Hunt Continues for the Elusive Ninja Cow

Is she a trained ninja? We don’t know, but she certainly has the abilities of one. The people of Cass County, Nebraska live in terror of this escaped cow: Residents compared the cow to a ninja because — like the legendary Japanese warriors — it would suddenly appear and then disappear. It would even show up [...]

The 2011 Zombie Invasion Schedule

Zombies make their appearances here and there all through the year, but you will see more of them this month. Between World Zombie Day on October 8 and Halloween on October 31, the nation and even the world will be crawling with zombies. If you are a zombie (or want to be one), find out [...]

How Military Operations Get Their Code Names

© Hannibal Hanschke/dpa/Corbis Last month the world watched rebel forces pour into Tripoli under the banner of Operation Mermaid Dawn. While watching the news, I was struck by a curiosity many of you might have shared: just where exactly do these names come from? It’s a relatively new practice, actually—less than a hundred years old. The Germans [...]

The Quick 10: The mental_floss Groundhog Round UP

In case you haven’t already heard, Punxsutawney Phil predicted another six weeks of winter this morning. Stupid groundhog. But there’s good news – if you don’t like what he had to say, there are plenty of other groundhogs you can consult instead. Here they are, complete with what they predicted today: 1. Punxsutawney Phil. We’ll start [...]

Biggest Losing Streak Ever: Man Lost $127 Million Gambling in One Year

Can you imagine losing $1 million to the casinos? No? How about $127 million? In one year. That’s how much Terrance Watanabe lost, making it one of the biggest – if not the biggest – losing streaks by an individual in Las Vegas history. The run is believed to be one of the biggest losing streaks [...]