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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 [...]

Man Calls Police after Receiving Menacing Phone Call from His Dog

Bruce Gardner of Orem, Utah was just settling in for a day of work at his office when he received a phone call. No one spoke, but there was banging and scratching on the line. And the caller ID indicated that the call came from his own house! Gardner immediately called the police: Officers went to [...]

The Illustrated Guide to a Ph.D.

University of Utah computer science professor Matthew Might welcomes his new graduate students each year by explaining a PhD by drawing, literally, “the big picture” in graph form. That series of pictures has become a classic story of pride and knowledge and then a shattering dose of reality, but still ends with “Keep pushing.” Don’t [...]

12 Proposed U.S. States That Didn’t Make the Cut

The road to 50 states was littered with wannabes who couldn’t wait to declare themselves—but never quite got to full statehood. Here are 12 states that could have been. 1. Franklin Wikimedia Commons After the Revolutionary War, it became common for states to gift their westernmost lands to the newly-founded (but broke) American government to repackage and sell [...]

9 More 2012 Presidential Candidates

The third party presidential candidates we told you about a couple of weeks ago were only the top of the list of those running for president in 2012. There are plenty more, but as you go down the list, information becomes harder to find. Here are a few that are either on the ballot somewhere [...]

How One Pilot’s Sweet Tooth Helped Defeat Communism

by Greg Volk In 1948, the Soviet beast was hungry. Three years into the postwar occupation of Germany, the USSR had tired of sharing Berlin, so it blockaded ground and water access to the two million residents in the American, French, and British zones. The Soviet hope was to starve them into submission. In response, from [...]

15 Suspicious Packages That Were Definitely Not Explosives

Getty Images Reports of suspicious packages are common across the United States. Police take all reports seriously — as they should — and they look into every unmanned briefcase or wayward box. More often than not, abandoned gym bags just wind up being lost gym bags. Here are 15 fairly recent suspicious package reports from alert [...]

Land Speed Record Vehicles, Part 2: Jet Propulsion 1960s-1980s

“QUANTUM SHOT” #786 Link – article by Simon Rose and Avi Abrams Need for Speed: The Fastest Men On Earth & Their “Rocket” Vehicles, 1960s-1980s In Part One of our look at land speed record vehicles here at Dark Roasted Blend, we featured the pioneers who steadily pushed top speeds [...]

Goat Man Mystery Solved

Earlier this month, photographer Coty Creighton spotted something strange in a Utah mountain: a man dressed in goat suit trailing behind a herd of goats on his hands and knees. The "goat man" became an [...]

‘Goat Man’ spotted in Utah mountains

Sightings of a man wearing a goat costume in a field of real goats have puzzled authorities in Utah. Phil Douglass of the Utah Division of Wildlife Re…