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Catch The Party Cab For The Ride Of Your Life

(YouTube Link) His name is Taxi Dave, he drives the Party Cab between 8 p.m. and 4 a.m., and he’s a one man mobile paaar-tay in Sacramento, CA! Watch him strut and sway his way across the parking lot, performing the Taxi Dave Dance in order to attract new customers. Party Cab is in the house tonight [...]

Cat Caught in Car

A driver in Sacramento, California, had trouble getting his car started. He heard a funny noise coming from the engine and found a cat tangled in the motor belts. Firefighters cut through the belts and were able to free the cat, which was severely injured with several deep cuts. The cat was taken to the Sacramento Cat [...]

Paying the Piper a Little Something Extra: A Short History of Payola

© Bettmann/CORBIS Payola became a household word in 1959, thanks to a high-profile trial that made examples of two legendary disc jockeys – Alan Freed and Dick Clark (above). In 1959, Alan Freed, the most popular disc jockey in the country, was fired from his job at WABC after refusing to sign a statement that he’d never [...]

Road Frustration Index

How bad is traffic right now across the United States? Thanks to Audi, we now have Road Frustration Index, a real-time map of how frustrated drivers in your city are, at any given moment (all I can say is "calm [...]

Can You Get Rich Betting on the Weather?

Did you know that you can invest in the weather? Yes, that’s right. The weather. You can take a financial gamble that the temperature in Sacramento will be one degree warmer than average, or even bet that it will be five degrees cooler. Too dull for your portfolio? How about putting some money down on the [...]

Our Readers’ Favorite Bookstore Cats (Volume Two)

It doesn’t take of lot of hard work for a cat to become famous: 1. get a job at a place where people gather, 2. have someone upload your photo to the internet, and 3. eventually, someone will request that you be featured at mental_floss! Here are more of our reader’s favorite bookstore cats. 1. Raffles Beers [...]

Mario, Harry Potter, and Star Wars Music Played in Ragtime Style

(Video Link) Martin Spitznagel performed this ragtime medley of music from Super Mario Bros., Harry Potter movies, and Star Wars. Andrew Barrett and Tom Warner accompanied him on washboards. This performance took place at the West Coast Ragtime Festival in Sacramento in 2008. via reddit | Spitznagel’s Website

Automated Human Sign Spinner

When businesses learned that a person carrying a sign drew a lot more attention than a static sign, a whole new occupation was born: the sign spinner. Now it seems that at least one business wants to save that expense. Rob Cockerham spotted this automated sign spinner in Sacramento, California. See her in action at [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Failed Assassination Attempts

Today happens to be the anniversary of the day Sara Jane Moore tried to take President Ford out in 1975, so we’re revisiting an old post on assassinations. Had it not been for the quick thinking of the guy next to Moore, Nelson Rockefeller would have been president and who knows where history would have [...]

How 13 More Great American Cities Got Their Names

A few weeks ago we took a look at how 17 great American cities got their names. Since we could never cram every city’s story into a single post, let’s take a look at a second round of city name origins today. 1. Albany New York’s first capital first went by the name Beverwyck when it was [...]