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Why Can’t You Remember Being a Baby?

There are probably blackout periods you can’t remember at all from your childhood, and the memories you do have are likely hazy and garbled. Although pretty much everyone experiences this phenomenon known as childhood amnesia, its causes are still somewhat of an enigma. Here are 4 hypotheses that might explain why you can’t remember much [...]

The Earliest LOLCats and Other 19th-Century Animal Photography

LOLcats and other funny animal pics weren’t born with the Internet; they’ve been around since the end of the 19th century. Here are some of the early photographs that inspired them. Harry Whittier Frees is one of the best-known novelty photographers of the 1900s. He dressed animals in clothing and then posed them in humorous scenes. While [...]

The Story of Tommy’s Big Head

Kalvin and Leah Greuel of Hawley, Minnesota, adopted Tommy soon after he was born to a woman that Leah met at Walmart. That in itself is a story, but then Tommy suffered from a mysterious condition that caused his head to grow too fast. At 6 months old, it was off the charts for his age [...]

The mental_floss Guide to the NCAA Tournament: The West

We may not be much help in filling out your bracket, but we can promise one interesting fact about each of the 68 teams in the tournament. Let’s tip things off with the West Region. © Chris Bergin/Icon SMI/Corbis (1) Michigan State In May, a Michigan State professor from the School of Social Work will begin teaching an [...]

Dog Defends Bone from Plush Rival

(YouTube link) Tommy doesn’t want to share his bone with Lulu, despite the fact that Lulu wouldn’t have taken it anyway. She’s already stuffed! -via Arbroath

Star Wars the Musical

(YouTube link) This production number is called “Millennium Falcon,” a song set to the tune of “Greased Lightning” from Grease. It’s a part of the 1996 high school musical version of Star Wars produced by the students of Palos Verdes Peninsula High School. Other numbers used tunes from Godspell, Les Miserables, and Tommy. The entire production [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Celebrities Who Own Wineries

Some celebrities have done quite well for themselves in the wine business – Francis Ford Coppola, for example, is as famous for his grapes in some circles as he is for his movies. But it would seem that every celebrity has a winery these days, even if they aren’t selling at that level (some keep [...]