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We Are Never Ever Gonna Cook Together

(YouTube link) Taylor Swift’s song “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” gets the Breaking Bad treatment in this parody from Teddie Films. May contain spoilers if you aren’t caught up on the TV show. -via Metafilter

Neighborly Feud Escalated with Swearing Cockatoo

It’s one thing to have a feud with your neighbor. It’s a whole ‘nother thing entirely when said feud involves a cockatoo. A swearing cockatoo. Let’s see if you can follow the twist and turns of this story of a what [...]

The Missing Links: Accelerating Ketchup

The Little Slinky That Could… Walk On A Treadmill Call me what you will, but there is something about this slinky walking on a treadmill that almost brought a tear to my eye. It seems to be trying so hard, and the music kind of makes the whole thing seem rather epic. Oh man, here I [...]

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, [...]

Lectures for a New Year: A Brain Scientist Studies Her Own Stroke

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor is a neuroanatomist (or “brain scientist”) from Indiana. In 1996 she experienced a major stroke, out of the blue, at age 37. As a scientist deeply involved with brain function, she was ideally situated to understand the stroke as it happened (as much as anyone can during a frickin’ [...]

The World’s Fastest Guitar Player

(Video Link) John “Doctor Hot Licks” Taylor prides himself on playing the guitar very well, very quickly. Back in April, he tried to break the world record as the fastest guitar player. In this video from the event, he started playing “Flight of the Bumblebee” at 170 beats per minute. Taylor gradually worked his way up [...]

10 Overhyped Baseball Players Who Fizzled

By almost all accounts, Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg is a can’t-miss prospect who will enjoy a long and prosperous major league career. The amount of Strasburg-related memorabilia available on eBay grows by the day. Before you think about investing in the No. 1 pick of June’s amateur draft, consider the following 10 players who went [...]