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The UK’s National Cat of the Year

The British feline charity Cats Protection named Jessi-Cat, from Davyhulme, Greater Manchester, their Cat of the Year. Jessi-Cat’s owner, 7-year-old Lorcan Dillon, has an anxiety disorder called selective mutism, which makes it difficult for the youngester to express himself. Jessi-Cat was just the therapy he needed, and Lorcan has learned to express himself to the [...]

15 Dad Facts for Father’s Day

A few years ago, we asked some of our favorite mental_floss writers to send us their favorite dad-related facts and stories for our newsletter. Here are 15 you can use around the grill today. 1. Halsey Taylor invented the drinking fountain as a tribute to his father, who succumbed to typhoid fever after drinking from a [...]

Dino Planters

This is really cute! Etsy seller PlaidPigeon modified plastic dinosaur toys so that they’d serve as planters. This one is Rick the Dilophosaurus with a Zebra Haworthia Succulent growing in his back. Link via Dude Craft

Amazing Tales From the Boston Marathon

Runners dressed as Forrest Gump, Elvis, Bozo the Clown and the Cat in the Hat all crossed the finish line in front of me at the Boston Marathon one year. So did a shirtless participant running backwards, possibly in search of a Nike endorsement. A magic marker message was scrawled where you’d expect to see his [...]

Oregon State House of Representatives Rick Rolls Itself

(Video Link) I offer four hypotheses to explain the awesomeness of this video: 1. A video editor carefully sifted through hours of floor speeches and spliced together the lyrics to Rick Astley’s song. 2. The clerks working for the legislators are pulling a huge, well-orchestrated prank. 3. The legislators are reading letters from constituents, who are the true pranksters, [...]

When the Comments Are More Interesting Than the Post

Last year I did a massive, solo road-trip through the deserts of California and Nevada to take pictures for my Strange Geographies photo essay column (I know, it’s been awhile since I wrote one … I’ve been chained to my desk!). One of the towns I visited was a dusty little half-abandoned mining/brothel town called [...]

Pearl Harbor Relic Found in Home

Today marks the 68th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, in which  Japanese forces sent over a dozen U.S. ships to the bottom of the harbor.  In the middle of that attack was Coast Guardsman Willis Partridge, a signalman on the cutter Tunney.  In a little over an hour, the USS Arizona was destroyed, [...]

The Curious Case of Rick Rosner

Is there such a thing as “too smart” or perhaps too smart for your own good? Bruce G. Charlton states a common observation that “high IQ types are lacking in ‘common sense’ – and especially when it comes to dealing with other human beings.” This is a statement that could easily be exemplified by Rick Rosner. [...]