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How to Swear Like a Librarian

Each week Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books. If there’s something noteworthy going on in your local library, leave us a comment! Let’s start off with some swearing — how to swear like a librarian, that is! My personal favorite, which I heard a third-grader say [...]

The mental_floss Guide to the NCAAs (The Southeast)

We may not be much help in filling out your bracket. But throughout this week we’re going to bring you a _flossy take on March Madness: one interesting fact about each of the 68 teams in the tournament field. Tonight we’re tackling the Southeast region. (1) Pittsburgh graduated its first female students in 1898. Sisters Margaret [...]

Atlas of Accents around the World

The Speech Accent Archive is a project by George Mason University linguistics professor Steven H. Weinberger. It records people from different parts of the world reading this paragraph in the English language: Please call Stella. Ask her to bring these things with her from the store: Six spoons of fresh snow peas, five thick slabs of [...]

The Late Movies: Reggie Watts, the Beat-boxing, Singing, Dancing Comedian

Reggie Watts is an entertainer with something for everyone, but what’s weird is that he’s awesome at everything he does. He’s a world-class musician, standup comedian, dancer, playwright, and actor…you name it, he’s done it, and he’s done it shockingly well. He’s probably best known for his beat-boxing musical improvisation, though this post will show [...]

Congrats, Hanan: Grow-a-Brain Grew a Baby!

Congratulations to Hanan Levin of grow-a-brain and Stella on the arrival of his new baby: Adora “Nyunyu” Levin, born October 18, 2009. Hanan wrote me: People who knew me would never have thought that at 56 I will have my first child, but here she is, taking a piece of me to see the 22nd century… Congrats [...]