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The Downside of a Nobel Prize

Scientists are mostly a humble bunch, as they spend a big part of their lives in search of knowledge or teaching it to others without much hoopla. And while incompetent people often don’t know they are incompetent, professional scientists are often smart enough to think they don’t quite measure up. And while winning a Nobel [...]

Feed My Frankenweenie

Just in time for Halloween, Frankenweenie is hitting theaters today, giving viewers a chance to enjoy all the campiness of black-and-white classic horror films while still offering them something delightfully new and unique. In honor of the movie’s release, here are some things you should know about the development and creation of Tim Burton’s newest [...]

If Tim Burton Drew Spider-Man: The Tattoo

Let’s see. Creepy, gangly arms? Check. Swirly, wonky lines? Check. Yup, it’s definately Tim Burton style. Link Via Fashionably Geek

Water Wigs

Photographer Tim Tadder of Los Angeles, California, sure knows how to make a splash. He’s discovered the simple formula for an “exploration into water weirdness” with the use of water balloons. Now, all he needed was a few baldies: Water Wigs is a dynamic set of images using exploding shaped water balloons lit with a triad [...]

11 Amazing Reader-Submitted Air Travel Facts

Last month, while Jason was flying home from Chicago, he asked readers to submit their most amazing facts related to air travel. We’ve combed through the submissions, fact-checked our favorites, and picked 11 winners. The winners will be contacted via e-mail so they can receive the mental_floss T-shirts of their choice. And the winners are… Amy Gardner McNeal: Seventy-five [...]

The Late Movies: The Replacements’ “Can’t Hardly Wait” Turns 25

The Replacements’ classic album Pleased to Meet Me turned 25 this week. It debuted on July 7, 1987, and featured two of my favorite songs of all time: “Can’t Hardly Wait” and “Alex Chilton.” The rest of the album isn’t bad either. The song “Can’t Hardly Wait” has stuck with me all these [...]

World Burping Championship

[YouTube Clip] Burp! The results of the first ever World Burping Championship is in: Tim Janus, a 35-year-old pizza chef silenced his competitors with a "lyrical and melodic burp" 18.1 seconds long. New York’s DNAinfo [...]

30 Famous People With Law Degrees

Law degree image via Shutterstock Second-guessing your career choice? You’re not alone. Even people who put themselves through many extra years of schooling sometimes end up changing their minds. That’s the case with many of these people, who ditched their law degrees in favor of other pursuits — quite successful ones at that. Authors 1. Washington Irving. The [...]

How the Chicken Conquered the World

From KFC to chicken tikka masala, people everywhere eat chicken. It’s versatile, relatively inexpensive compared to other meats, and has no major religious restrictions. But chicken for dinner wasn’t always this popular. How did the chicken achieve such cultural and culinary dominance? It is all the more surprising in light of the belief by many archaeologists [...]

Alduin the World Eater Dragon Cake

Believe it or not, this picture is of a birthday cake! Alduin is a dragon character from the video game world of Skyrim. Vera at Baking Obsession made this cake for her son Tim’s birthday. It was made of four 13?x18? sheets of chocolate cake, soaked in strawberry syrup, and sandwiched with bittersweet strawberry ganache (5 [...]