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Morbid Road Trip: The Scattered Artifacts of Lincoln’s Assassination

Almost every item even remotely connected to Lincoln’s assassination, death, and funeral later found its way into some special collection. Many wound up in the hands of museums, historical societies, or the government, and are available for public viewing. Many more in private collections occasionally get loaned out for display. If I ever convince my [...]

Eight Amazing Garage Sale Finds

I made $8 at my mom’s garage sale last weekend. That wasn’t a typo – I only made eight dollars, which put me in the hole about $79 when you factor in the speeding ticket I got on the way to her house. Suffice it to say, I wish my luck ran more like that [...]

No "Like" Lost in Facebook Double-Cross

Facebook lets me keep in touch with colleagues, friends and my grandma. But one pair of divorcees used everyone’s (least?) favorite social media site to destroy one another from afar in what turned out to be a pretty sneaky double-cross. Angela Voelkert, 29, set up her ex by creating a false Facebook identity, 17-year-old “Jessica Studebaker.” [...]

Fuzzy Math: How College Football’s Champs Were Chosen

The BCS pairings have been announced for this year’s football season, so here’s a question for you college football nuts: what NCAA school claims the most football national championships? Who did you guess? Alabama? The Crimson Tide have only won a paltry 13 titles. Michigan? Notre Dame? USC? They’re all tied with a pedestrian 11 championships. [...]

Embarrassing Billboard Typo

A billboard bragging about the schools in South Bend, Indiana was erected without anyone noticing a certain misspelled word, until Lee MacMillan took a picture and posted it on Facebook. Responsibility for the spelling error has been claimed by the Blue Waters Group. The company does work for the city of South Bend’s redevelopment commission to [...]

10 Quirky Marriage Proposals

Since the mental_floss article Modern Marriage Proposals was published in 2007, I have read about many more marvelous methods men have used to asked for their sweetheart’s hand in marriage, plus a couple of proposals that started out traditionally and ended up in the news because of embarrassing unforeseen circumstances. 1. Hay Bales William Butler took advantage [...]