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30 Famous People With Law Degrees

Law degree image via Shutterstock Second-guessing your career choice? You’re not alone. Even people who put themselves through many extra years of schooling sometimes end up changing their minds. That’s the case with many of these people, who ditched their law degrees in favor of other pursuits — quite successful ones at that. Authors 1. Washington Irving. The [...]

Peter Brings The Shadow To Life

(YouTube link) This video by skater Joe Pease stars only his shadow. The title is a reference to Peter Pan. -via Buzzfeed

19 Fun Facts About Children’s Books Spotted at the Library

This past week I spent some quality time in the children’s section of my local library. Over on Instagram (we’re @mental_floss), I’ve been sharing photos of books with facts related to them. Since only 1,030 people have joined us over there — way more than the 42 who’d joined us before last weekend, but still [...]

10 Works of Literature That Were Really Hard to Write

by Mark Juddery Instead of judging works of literature based on their artistic merit, we’ve decided to rank them by degree of difficulty. These 10 authors may not be Shakespeare, but they sure had vaulting ambitions. 1. The Story That Will Never Be an e-Book Gadsby by Ernest Vincent Wright Some might call Gadsby a “love” story. But [...]

The Quick 10: Lesser-Known Subtitles; or, the Part of the Book Title No One Ever Says

I think as a whole, the notion of giving your book a second, supporting title has gone out of vogue. There are current books out there with subtitles, of course – Lemony Snicket gave some of the books in his A Series of Unfortunate Events subtitles – but it’s certainly not the trend it used [...]

Vintage & Modern Concept Buses

“QUANTUM SHOT” #16Link – by Avi Abrams The Glamorous Side of Riding the Bus: Greyhound on Steroids Some of these concepts have timeless, exciting forms, some are more of the “pulp-ish” and “sci-fi” variety, but they all invariably turned heads and excited onlookers in their time, and some still inspire designers today. Some of these buses were [...]

Annie Leibovitz Fairy Tale Photos

For those of you who don’t know Annie Leibovitz, she’s the rock star of photographers. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that a majority of her subjects are rock stars. Even if you don’t recognize her name though, you’re probably at least a little familiar with her works, particularly the famous image of John Lennon kissing [...]