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The Late Movies: High School Haka

As I prepared an old mental_floss magazine article for the internet, I was struck by YouTube’s “related videos” section. It appears that the Maori war dance known as the haka has been adopted by not only rugby teams, but quite a few American high school football teams, too! You may enjoy watching these teenagers intimidate [...]

12 Historical Speeches Nobody Ever Heard

For every speech, there are a bunch of versions that ended up on the writers’ room floor. Here are 12 speeches that were written but, for a variety of reasons, never delivered. 1. “In Event of Moon Disaster” As the world nervously waited for Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to land on the moon, Nixon speechwriter William [...]

Do DNA tests prove Bigfoot exists ?

Veterinarian Melba S. Ketchum believes it does after a 5 year study using over 100 alleged DNA samples Working as part of Texas-based firm DNA Diagnos…

More Disgusting Fried Foods From the Texas State Fair

Why bother with eating the actual chicken meat when you can just enjoy the fried skins instead? If that’s not enough fried nastiness for you then I’m sure you’ll find something to trigger your gag reflex over at Serious Eat’s slide show covering the best of the worst of the foods at the Texas State Fair. Link

A Family of Bank Robbers

Some families golf together, others go camping together. This family, however, is a bit unique: they rob the bank together. And you know what they say about a family that robs a bank together. They go to jail together: A father, son [...]

The Missing Links: It’s Oz-Inspiring

This Looks Oz-Some I’m sorry for the puns, but it does. * If I Didn’t Know Any Better I’d Say They Didn’t Like It The New York Times reviewed Guy Fieri’s new NYC restaurant and their thoughts are scathing at best, but very entertaining. * Alone Star State Is Texas secession actually possible? * Burning Down Buckingham Palace Sure it [...]

Taxidermied Squirrel Riding a Rattlesnake

Yeeeeeeehaw! We’ll saddle break this wild rattler if it takes all week! It pains me to admit it, but this masterpiece of taxidermy is not a product of Texas. eBay seller azhotstuff-2008 of Congress, Arizona recently sold it a buyer of obviously refined tastes. Link -via Blame It on the Voices

Confederate Army Officer Wearing Jaguar Skin Pants

The stylin’ Captain Samuel J. Richardson of the Second Texas Cavalry wore a standard issue hat and shirt. But his pants and his holsters were made of jaguar skin! Link -via Retronaut

You’re Never Too Old for Halloween

When a picture of a 91-year-old man in a Halloween costume went viral this week, I was asked if other senior citizens dressed up in Halloween costumes. Of course they do, and why are you asking me, anyway? Redditor Kristin_Ols23 posted this photograph of her 91-year-old grandfather. His costume for this Halloween is the Mayor of [...]

13 Vintage Photos Of Hurricanes And Their Aftermath

As Hurricane Sandy makes landfall on the East Coast, here’s a look back at other dramatic hurricanes in American history. Galveston, Texas Hurricane, September 1900 This hurricane was the deadliest in U.S. history—the estimated death toll was 8000 (to compare, 1800 people died during Hurricane Katrina). Damage to a church. The hurricane, which had a storm [...]