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Bad Consumer, No Doughnut!

If you’ve ever worked in retail, then you know just how terrible some customers are. Fortunately, if you want to feel better about your own experiences, there’s now a great Reddit thread filled with venting retail workers, some of whom have the worst stories I’ve ever heard, like this one: Yesterday while I was helping out [...]

9 Baffling Movie Merchandise Tie-Ins

Every summer, movie season collides with merchandising mania to create a perfect storm of licensed nonsense. We, the human race, have proven to Hollywood time and time again that we will empty our pockets for anything with our favorite movie logo hastily slapped on it. But at least most of that junk allows us to [...]

Play With Your iPhone While It’s Still In Your Jeans Pocket

Guys, have you ever been sitting at a table in a restaurant and all you ever wanted to do is check your iPhone but your girlfriend or wife has threatened you upon pain of [...]

10 Ideas for Antiquating Your Modern Technology

Modern technology is amazing and efficient. But there is something to be said for the giddy nostalgia created by products from the past. Thankfully, there are a lot of ways to combine the two experiences. 1. Rotary iPhone Dialer App For just 99-cents you too can be really frustrated every time you call your friend who has [...]

5 News Stories That Sound Like Horror Movie Plots

Image: Hemera | Thinkstock The media has become obsessed with the so-called “Miami Zombie” case, and for good reason. It sounds like something ripped straight out of a horror movie and brought to life. But these kinds of things seem to occur with a pretty startling frequency. 1. Last Phone Calls In September of 2008, a Metrolink commuter [...]

Why Do People Feel Phantom Cellphone Vibrations?

Let’s picture a typical moment in my day: I’m minding my own business, with my iPhone in my back pocket. Suddenly, my left cheek is shaking as the phone vibrates and does the bzzt, bzzt, bzzt-ing dance of its people on my backside. I check the phone, and there’s nothing. No call. No text. No [...]

Is There an App for That?

The question “Is there an app for that?” is actually the challenge in today’s Lunchtime Quiz at mental_floss. You’ll be given descriptions of something a smart phone might or might not do, and you decide whether that’s an existing app to do it or not. This is one of those quizzes that will be obsolete [...]

10 Survival Uses for a Cell Phone

You can keep trying, but that cell phone will never work again. We’ve obviously been hit by an EMP. The 21st Century is gone — and much of the 20th with it. But survival expert Creek Stewart has some good ideas about what we can do with your phone, including starting fires, setting snares and [...]

Tourists Saved by Calling Pharmacy

It’s not easy to look up a phone number in a foreign country, especially in a panicked situation. When the tide rolled in and surrounded Italian tourists Oberdan and Patrizia Cosimi on a rocky shore in Devon, England, they could not recall the country’s emergency number. But the couple found a receipt in a jacket [...]

The Brain Phone Booth

I don’t know what’s more remarkable: that this phone booth is shaped like a brain, or that there is a public phone still existing somewhere. This is an art installation in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where there are at least 100 phone booths. All of them are part of an art project in which 100 artists [...]