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Sisko Wanted to Be Bald and Other Things You Might Not Know about Deep Space Nine

In 1993, Star Trek began a bold experiment: a series set on a fixed location. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine was an unusual, experimental and gloriously successful contribution to the Star Trek universe. Here are some facts that you might not know about the show. 1. Brandon Tartikoff originally conceived of Deep Space Nine as The [...]

The Bizarre Plan to Turn Hitler into a Woman

There were a lot of plans in place for taking Hitler down (Captain America’s punch to the face notwithstanding) that never quite panned out. Among them, an inventive and elaborate scheme to turn the Fuhrer into a woman: Cardiff University professor Brian Ford says he uncovered the plan while reviewing recently declassified documents for his new book, Secret [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Victims of the Best New Artist Grammy Curse

For the most part, the Best New Artist award has gone to people and bands that are still relevant (or at least known) today. Bette Midler won in 1974, Sade was the newcomer in 1986, Mariah Carey won in 1991, and a little band called the Beatles won in 1965. But it’s not necessarily an [...]

The Late Movies: Cooking Shows on Crack

Sometimes it takes a special blend of trippy editing tricks to show us just how weird cooking shows really are. There’s nothing like a little slow-mo, a creeping digital zoom, unsettling music and a lot of reverb to turn Paula Deen or Rachel Ray into some kind of phantasmagoric hell-beast, which I discovered after a [...]

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 [...]

PostSecret Interview Follow-Up: Winners of the PostSecret Book

A couple of weeks ago, we posted an interview with Frank Warren of PostSecret, where we asked Neatoramanauts to submit their own questions. Here are the four questions and a comment that were picked – these people will get a free autographed copy of the PostSecret: Confessions on Life, Death, and God: 1. Reflecting upon all [...]

The Quick 10: What 10 Mouseketeers Are Up To These Days

Everyone knows The Mickey Mouse Club of the early ‘90s was full of people who would go on to become big stars – Britney, Justin, Christina, Keri Russell, J.C. Chasez and Ryan Gosling, namely. But what about those other Mouseketeers? In case you’ve been wondering, I’ve got 10 answers for you. 1. Rhona Bennett was on [...]