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11 Tips for Growing the World’s Longest Mustache

Image credit: Guinness World Records While an everyday ‘stache might gain you a cult following or a cameo on Reno 911, a truly magnificent mustache could catapult you into the Guinness Book of World Records. Here are eleven tips to help you grow the world’s longest mustache, including tricks from the current record holder himself. [...]

Taylor Wilson at the White House

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza Last summer we ran a profile of Taylor Wilson in mental_floss magazine. Today the kid was at the White House! Here’s what he was doing there, according to WhiteHouse.gov: President Barack Obama hosts the second White House Science Fair celebrating the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, [...]

Netflix Wants To Make New Episodes of Reno 9-11

Good news for those of you who are fans of the great Comedy Central show Reno 9-11, Netflix wants to start remaking the show after it was already canceled two years ago. While nothing is completely official, the show’s producers have actively been discussing the idea with Netflix, who recently announced their intention to make [...]

Mad Scientist of the Month: Who’s Afraid of Taylor Wilson?

This article is your special sneak peek at the September-October issue of mental_floss magazine. by Judy Dutton At 10, he built his first bomb. At 14, he made a nuclear reactor. Now he’s 17… Taylor Wilson makes people nervous. While his beanpole frame and Justin Bieber–esque haircut suggest he’s just a harmless kid, his after-school activities paint a [...]

Jesse James’ First Train Robbery

With nothing more than some rope, some guns and a whole lot of gumption, Jesse James committed the first train robbery in the west 138 years ago today. James’ posse, the James and Younger gang, plotted to overtake a Rock Island Railroad train passing through Adair, Iowa, loaded with a cargo of gold. The plan they [...]

The World’s Longest Cat

Stewie, a Maine Coon who lives in Reno, Nevada, is the world’s longest domesticated cat. He measures 48 and 1/2 inches: The record was previously held by another Maine Coon that measured 48 inches. Stewie’s owners, Robin Hendrickson and Erik Brandsness, say they decided to try for the record after hearing countless people say they were amazed [...]

Balloon Fiesta

(vimeo link) Michael Salisbury made this time-lapse video of the 2010 Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The song is “Phoneme” by STS9. -via Laughing Squid Previously: Panorama of the 2009 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta and video of the Reno Balloon Race 2006

The Surprising Voices Behind Cartoon Characters

Last week we asked you to give us a few of your favorite surprising identities behind cartoon voiceovers. After checking out your terrific comments, we present a few voiceover artists you might not have suspected. Brad Garrett as Hulk Hogan When the then-WWF expanded into Saturday morning cartoons with Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘n’ Wrestling in 1985, it [...]

10 Great Train Robberies

1. The First Train Robbery in the West Although Jesse James popularly gets credit for committing the first train robbery, the following robbery actually predates his: On November 5, 1870, just west of Reno, NV, a Central Pacific passenger train was overtaken by a gang of robbers who’d been tipped off that the train was carrying [...]

The Origins of 6 Casino Favorites

Planning a trip to Vegas in the near future? Never forget that in the long run, the house always wins. But knowing the history of some of your favorite casino games may help soften the blow the next time you’re losing your shirt. If you’re going to be forking over your money to a casino, [...]