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The Woman Who Jumped Off the Hollywood Sign

Making it in Hollywood is a tough game. For every success story, there are a thousand failures. A vast majority of hopefuls understand the odds and still choose to go for it. But some have a tougher time dealing with the competition than others. Wikimedia Commons One such hopeful starlet was Millicent Lilian “Peg” Entwistle, who was [...]

The Late Movies: Simon & Garfunkel’s Concert in the Park

31 years ago today, Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel reunited for a concert in Central Park. It was September 19, 1981, and the concert was free — the plan was to use TV and home video royalties from the performance to renovate Central Park itself, which was in bad shape at the time. [...]

Magic Musician Chairs

(YouTube link) This lovely performance is from the closing ceremony of the World Shanghai Exposition in 2010. We are used to seeing dancers fly through the air on by invisible wires, but what are the musicians sitting on? -via Arbroath

“Come On Eileen” is 30 Years Old

In today’s “feel old again” news, the classic song “Come On Eileen” by Dexy’s Midnight Runners turned 30 this week. The original single was released on June 26, 1982. The song begins with these lines: Poor old Johnnie Ray Sounded sad upon the radio Moved a million hearts in mono Our mothers cried, sang along Who would blame [...]

And Now, a Little Public Radio Humor

Last Thursday, This American Life LIVE played in movie theaters around the US, Canada, and Australia, beamed live via satellite from a stage performance in New York City. For public radio nerds, this is pure gold: two hours of This American Life performed onstage, and you watch it in a theater crammed with [...]

Most People Are Actually Below Average

Reach back into the deep recesses of your mind and recall the bell curve from that statistics class. That Gaussian distribution is what most people think when they measure human performance (be it a [...]

Artificial Toilet Testing, uh, Material

The people of MaP (Maximum Performance) are devoted to one goal: improving the design of flush toilets. In order to effectively test toilets, they need a material that accurately simulates human-delivered content. Their research led them to create 350 gram segments of soybean paste, which are dropped into a toilet from an appropriate level and [...]

Hey Internet, Whistle Along!

In this performance of “Tonight You Belong to Me,” current Mental Floss cover model John Hodgman and feral mountain man rock star Jonathan Coulton deliver a sweet duet, at one point inviting the listener (ahem, the Internet) to whistle along. Won’t you whistle along with them? See also: coverage of roughly the same thing [...]

Tupac at Coachella and Other Posthumous Performances

The crowd at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival this past weekend was treated to a “live” performance from an artist none of them expected to see up on stage: Tupac Shakur. The rapper – who died in 1996 – joined former collaborators Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre via the use of hologram technology. [...]

One More Kilometre

(vimeo link) In the performance artwork “One More Kilometre” by John Wood and Paul Harrison, a belt sander is applied to a stack of paper which would be a kilometer long if laid end-to-end. Does it make any sense? No. Is it oddly satisfying to watch? Yes! Link -via Laughing Squid