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Remembering Reebok’s “Dan and Dave” Campaign 20 Years Later

Getty Images Twenty years ago, Reebok introduced us to “Dan and Dave.” Once American sports fans moved beyond their game of word association — “Who?” — the two men involved became part of one of the most memorable marketing campaigns in history despite a letdown of Olympic proportions. In 1992, Dan O’Brien and Dave Johnson were given such [...]

Taking A Trip Down Peepery Lane

Do you prefer The Peep Swan, Inpeeption, West Side Peep or Silent of the Peeps? Whatever your favorite movie, you can be sure that someone at some point will probably parody in Peeps. Check out some of the best Peep shows over at Mental Floss. Link

The “Lyrical Embarrassment” that is the Sesame Street Theme Song

My 17-month-old daughter is just getting into Sesame Street, and I have to say, I think I’m enjoying it even more than she is. But while I’m totally into the guest appearances by Andy Samberg and Will Arnett, her main thing right now is getting her groove on to the theme song. And who can [...]

School Banned Brown Bag Lunch

Alarmed that her students were bringing junk food for lunch, Chicago school Principal Elsa Carmona decided to save the children from their (nutritionally-challenged) parents … by banning brown bag lunches: … Little Village Academy on Chicago’s West Side, students are not allowed to pack lunches from home. Unless they have a medical excuse, they must eat [...]

Living in 90 Square Feet

(YouTube link) Felice Cohen lives in a Manhattan “microstudio” that measures 12′ x7′. My home office on the back porch is twice that! She pays $700 a month rent and considers it a bargain. That’s because the average apartment rent in this Upper West Side neighborhood is $3,600. Link -via Metafilter

Cartozoology

The following is reprinted from the science humor magazine Annals of Improbable Research. Dr. Eilert Sundt, Secretary General, Norwegian Cartozoologic Society cartozoology n. The science or practice of discovering and studying animals outlined paradigmatically by street layouts as they appear in maps, especially with reference to physical evidence of the animals’ presence in the corresponding terrain. cartozoologist [...]

Win A Fiesta Tomorrow!

We’re less than 24 hours away now! Tomorrow morning, at precisely 10:30am, we will announce your four starting locations right here on this blog (also on the following Twitter accounts: @mental_floss, @neatorama, @resila The locations will be roughly around the Upper West Side, the Upper East Side, the West Village and the East Village. Once we tell [...]

NYC QR Code Hunt Details

It’s almost time for our big QR Code Hunt in NYC! Who’s almost ready to win a new car?! On Tuesday morning, at pricesly 10:30am, we will announce your four starting locations right here on this blog (also on the following Twitter accounts: @mental_floss, @neatorama, @resila The locations will be roughly around the Upper West Side, the [...]

Are You Afraid of the Park? Ghosts, Conspiracies and Other Weird Happenings in Central Park

For a while, Central Park, the 770-acre green oasis in the middle of Manhattan, wasn’t considered a place you really wanted to go. In the early 1980s, there were 1,000+ crimes of various types committed in the park every year, but muggers and vandals aren’t the only creeps that have run rampant there. From its [...]

Adam Chodikoff: Investigative Humorist

Adam Chodikoff at Comedy Central offices. – Photo By Talaya Centeno (for WWD) Investigative Humorist, that’s what The Washington Post has called Adam Chodikoff, one of The Daily Show’s producers, and its most accomplished researcher. Behind the scenes, someone has to pour through all those C-Span clips; someone has to sift through newspapers and transcripts to [...]