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Raising the Bar: 9 Even More Elaborate Proposals

The modern custom of the elaborate public surprise proposal gives us lots of smiles and a few vicarious tears of happiness, even if we wouldn’t want such publicity for ourselves. We’ve posted several lists of them in the past. It’s just lovely to know people in love will go to so much trouble to express [...]

The Politically Incorrect Etymologies of 11 Words and Phrases

At various moments in its life, a word will hop languages, change meanings, travel through sinister moments and land in pleasant ones. But no matter how many times it’s superimposed, and how far it gets from its original source, a word doesn’t let go of its memories easily. Here are 11 modern English words with [...]

11 TV Theme Songs That Secretly Have Lyrics

Chances are, you’ve been humming these classic TV theme songs for years. Now you can get their lyrics stuck in your head, too. 1. We mentioned last week that Andy Griffith recorded a version of “The Fishing Hole” – AKA the theme song to The Andy Griffith Show – that was replaced by the all-whistling version. [...]

11 Celebrities Posing with mental_floss

Dateline: Novi, Michigan – Motor City Comic Con 2012. Your intrepid reporter and her ever-patient husband/photographer brave the hordes of Darth Vaders, Dudley Do-Rights, and Daryl Dixons to bring you 11 celebrities posing with mental_floss: 1. Sean Patrick Flanery With a name like Sean Patrick Flanery, one would presume that that Irish brogue used by The Boondock Saints’ [...]

Well-dressed Firefighters

(YouTube link) Firefighters Ted Aubart and Ben Terhaar of Sedan, Minnesota helped put out a truck fire at a St. Patrick’s Day parade last week. They drew attention because the volunteer firemen were wearing elegant formal dresses at the time. Every year, the men in the Sedan Fire Department trade their firefighting frocks for designer dresses as [...]

Fantastic 120-Year-Old Color Pictures of Ireland

St. Patrick’s Day has already come and gone this year, but there is a lot more to the Emerald Isle than the supposed World’s Greatest Snake Exterminator. Need some proof? Just check out these vivid vintage pictures of Ireland taken between 1890 and 1900 and organized by county, courtesy of the Library of Congress. County Antrim Glenoe [...]

Shamrock Socks

Shamrock Socks – $9.95 St. Patrick’s Day is nearly here. Are you ready to get your green on? Add a little luck to your wardrobe with the Shamrock Socks from the NeatoShop. This festive pair of over-the-knee socks are perfect for “Gettin’ Jiggy” on a St. Patrick’s Day Saturday night. Be sure to check out the NeatoShop [...]

Eat Drink & Be Irish – So Lucky Mug

  Eat Drink & Be Irish So Lucky Mug – $14.95 It is said that there are those who are Irish and those who wish to be Irish. This St. Patrick’s Day, whatever your background, Eat  Drink  & Be Irish with a So Lucky Mug from the NeatoShop. Take a peak inside this adorable mug and you [...]

6 Animals That Lived Unbelievably Long Lives

Is giving a cow whiskey the secret to ensuring it will live a long healthy life? It might sound silly, but if Bertha, the world’s longest-living cow had a few shots every year before staring in the St. Patrick’s Day parade, then who knows, maybe it helps. Interestingly, Bertha also holds the record for most [...]

10 Actors’ Dramatic Departures from Popular Shows

As the season premiere of Two and a Half Men edges closer, many fans are alternately waiting to see how the addition of Ashton Kutcher to the cast will change the show while simultaneously shaking their heads over an actor (we’re looking at you, Charlie Sheen) who was unwilling to rein in his self-destructive behavior [...]