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17 More Offbeat Holidays and Anniversaries to Celebrate in January

Forget weight loss and penny-pinching, make a resolution to keep this year a little more unconventional. What better way to start than with a few offbeat holidays and anniversaries you can easily observe? 1. January 1: First Foot Day A Scottish New Year tradition, the first person to step into someone’s home is called the “first-footer” and [...]

15 Offbeat Holidays You Can Celebrate in August

National Underwear Day/Getty Images At first glance, August might seem light on the holiday offerings. We dug a little deeper to find a healthy helping of celebrations to help you beat the heat. 1. August 1st: National Girlfriends Day Rest easy, boyfriends of the world, this holiday has nothing to do with you. National Girlfriends Day honors [...]

The Historical Gift Guide: 15 of the Greatest Gifts in the History of Presents

Do you have a pal who always leaves you scratching your head when it comes to gifts? Perhaps something in our Historical Gift Guide will sound like the perfect present for the person in your life who has everything—everything except a 69-carat diamond, an eagle made of beer can tabs, and fire. 1. For Friends Abroad: [...]

Map of the United States According to A New Yorker

Dan Abramson drew a map of the United States of America as seen by New Yorker over at Funny or Die. As far as I can tell based on my interactions with New Yorkers, it’s entirely accurate. I love New York and New Yorkers. I found them to be amongst the nicest and most helpful people [...]

18 Seriously Cool Bookshelves & Bookcases

I know you Neatoramanauts are a smart bunch, so many of you probably have piles of books lying around your house. If you’re looking for some new bookshelves and bookcases to put all of those great books away, here are some of the coolest book shelving systems that money can buy. Inverted With a little clever placement [...]

Making Money: Currency in the Confederate States

When the Civil War began, the Confederacy quickly found itself facing a pressing issue: fighting a protracted war is really, really expensive. Unlike their Union counterparts, the Confederate states didn’t boast vast reserves of money and precious metals, either. With a Union naval blockade diminishing the lucrative international cotton trade, the Confederacy needed a way [...]

John Green Hates Pennies (and Nickels)

So I’m a few weeks late to this party, but after Kottke.org picked up John Green’s anti-penny rant I felt obligated under the Blogger Code to post this video. (For those who haven’t been reading this blog for 3+ years, John Green is a former mental_floss blogger.) And I must say, I call John’s video [...]

The Quick 9: Nine Capitals of the United States

Washington, D.C., hasn’t always been the political center of the United States. In fact, nine different cities across the country have served as the nation’s capital at one point or another, even if only for a day (and technically, some of them can’t be called capitals of the United States, but the capital of the [...]

World’s Top 10 Valuable Brands

The business of building brands is a tough one. And it takes years of hard work, great service, great product, sustained socially responsible work and a lot more to create a brand that people hold store by. In today’s ever-changing economy, entrepreneurs seek specialists’ help to launch their products and create brands. Often big corporate houses [...]