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Spider-Man at 50

The Amazing Spider-Man #692 is the 50th anniversary issue of the Spider-Man comic books. To honor the occasion, Spider-Man, whose alter ego Peter Parker is now a scientist in his 30’s, gets a teenage sidekick. It’ a big step that shows how far the character has grown from his roots as a shy teenager that [...]

“Peter and the Wolf,” 1946

Remember that animated, professionally narrated version of Peter and the Wolf you saw as a kid? Sure you do — somewhere in the depths of your memory, you’ll probably remember this fifteen-minute Disney short from 1946. It’s odd to think now that this came out just a decade after Prokofiev’s original composition in [...]

Morbid Road Trip: Medical Oddities Around the World

In our last two macabre getaways, we planned an almost-cross-country trip to see various items tied to Abraham Lincoln’s assassination and took in the best of the America’s medical oddities. Today, we go worldwide in a quest for more cadavers, gore and anatomical monstrosities outside the US. All aboard! Museum Vrolik – Amsterdam, Netherlands Originally the private [...]

Music History #4: “Cloudbusting”

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth installment of Bill DeMain’s new(ish) column, where he explores the real historical events that inspired various songs. “Music History” appears twice a month—unless we can convince Bill that twice a month is not sufficient! “Cloudbusting” Written and Performed by Kate Bush (1984) The Music Kate Bush has always had a way of making [...]

Luxury Chicks by Peter Lippmann

(R) Cartier When French magazine Marie Claire 2 asked photographer Peter Lippmann for glamorous photos of gorgeous chicks in luxurious jewelries, they probably didn’t expect this Check out the gallery at Peter’s website: [...]

Rock Around the Clock

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website. Contrary to popular belief, “Rock Around the Clock” by Bill Haley and the Comets was not the first rock ‘n’ roll record to be recorded. In fact, it wasn’t even Bill Haley’s first rock ‘n’ roll record. “Rock [...]

17 Famous Literary Characters Almost Named Something Else

“Bladorthin the Grey” just doesn’t have the same ring to it as “Gandalf the Grey,” does it? Good thing J.R.R. Tolkien decided to do some name swapping. Turns out he’s in good company: here’s the story of Gandalf and other famous characters who experienced an identity change before publication. 1. The only Pevensie child [...]

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’ [...]

Divers return to Baltic Sea anomaly

The large circular object on the floor of the Baltic Sea has been rediscovered by Ocean Explorer divers. The object was originally picked up by Peter…

Hand Drawn Scientific Illustrations By Peter Jellitsch

These scientific illustrations look like they were made by a machine, and in a way they are machine made. However, the machine in this case is an amazing  human artist by the name of Peter Jellitsch. These hand drawn pieces reveal Peter’s mind at work, creating what he calls an “analog translation of digital data”, but [...]