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The Many Controversial Faces of Barbie

Barbara Millicent Roberts has weathered her share of bad press — impossible proportions, that nasty split from Ken, and of course, her sometimes questionable choice of clothing. But those little scandals hardly scrape the surface when you consider allegations of racism, abrief foray into cross-dressing (shown above, ‘Drag Queen’ Barbie), and her unwed, pregnant cousin. [...]

12 Wonderful Water Castles

Europe is full of beautiful castles that have been there for possibly hundreds of years, but never get the press that others receive -like those that Disney uses for reference. The World Geography looks at some gorgeous castles that are surrounded by water. What was once a defense tactic is now a pleasant feature that [...]

18 Independent Artists at Comic Con 2012

Back in 2010, we introduced you to some of the many talented artists at the San Diego Comic Con. So how have things changed in the last two years? For one thing, there are even more talented artists setting up shop at the convention these days. Here are a few of the many amazing artists [...]

Hopefully, Now Accepted by AP Stylebook

Hopefully, this bit of news won’t upset you language purists too much: the Associated Press Stylebook has just affirmed that they’ve approved the use of "hopefully" … via (gasp!) Twitter, no less: “We now support [...]

Callin’ Oates

In dire need of some “Maneater” or maybe just bored out of your skull? Try dialing: Callin’ Oates 719-26-OATES (719-266-2837)! Once you connect, Press 1 to hear “One on One” – Press 2 to hear “Rich Girl” – Press 3 to hear “Maneater” or Press 4 to hear “Private Eyes.” This might be the strangest [...]

Kim Jong Il, the Director He Kidnapped, and the Awful Godzilla Film They Made Together

Late Sunday, the Associated Press reported that North Korean leader Kim Jong Il has died of heart failure. He was 69. The following story about the former dictator originally appeared in mental_floss magazine back in 2006. © kcna/Xinhua Press/Corbis by Jessica Royer Ocken When your work hits a wall, it’s natural to seek new inspiration. The less natural [...]

Iron Bowl Trivia

© Gene Lower/ZUMA Press/Corbis Last year an Alabama staffer was fired for playing “Take the Money and Run” on the PA system while Cam Newton and Auburn warmed up. If you’d like to add your own college football rivalry facts, there’s plenty of room in the comments.

Mayor Gives Ex-Wife 20-Ton Boulder as a Gift

The mayor of Acton Vale, Quebec, wanted to give his ex-wife a special birthday present, so he had a 20-ton rock left in her driveway. It painted with a greeting and topped with a pink ribbon. Isn’t that romantic? Maybe he wants to get back together with her. Jonathan Montpetit of The Canada Press writes: Lariviere [...]

NASA announces asteroid mission plans

NASA have held a press conference to reveal details of their mission to send astronauts to an asteroid. Planned to take place by 2025 the mission woul…

Top 10 Famous People Who Didn’t Actually Exist

History is full of hoaxes, and that includes people who aren’t really people. These “people” are handy, because they can be used as sources, they can be quoted, and they can be blamed. Because they don’t exist, they won’t mind! Film fans and critics often rail against so-called “quote whores”—reviewers who are willing to write a [...]