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5 Things You Didn’t Know About John Candy

The world hasn’t been quite as funny since we lost John Candy in 1994. Let’s remember the star of great comedies like Uncle Buck and Planes, Trains, and Automobiles by taking a look at five things you may not have known about Candy. 1. He Was Almost a Ghostbuster By 1983, Candy’s national celebrity had grown to [...]

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Jonas Salk

You probably know Jonas Salk as the man behind the polio vaccine. You may not know about his scientific rivalries, love life, and non-polio projects, though. Let’s take a look at five unheralded aspects of the doctor’s life. 1. He Wasn’t Big on Patents Shortly after Salk’s vaccine breakthrough, legendary journalist Edward R. Murrow sat down with [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Unusual War Weapons

Think fighting wars is all about grenades and tanks? Think again. It takes some serious innovation to win wars – here are a mere handful of those ideas, although some of them were bombs in more than one way. 1. Major Martin, AKA Operation Mincemeat. How did a homeless alcoholic help pull one over on [...]

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill had one of the most immediately recognizable faces of the 20th century, and you probably know all about his triumphs as a statesman and orator. Let’s take a look at five things you may not know about him, including how his mom tried to bribe him to give up smoking. 1. He May Have [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Ghosts Lurking at the White House

We live in an old house, and I occasionally see things out of the corner of my eye that make me wonder. There are many totally logical explanations for this, including paranoia, a mirror in a built-in wall cabinet that catches my reflection, and three dogs who move in and out of my line of [...]

24 More Cool College Landmarks

Back in February 2008 (posted again in January 2009), we brought you a list of 10 cool college landmarks, ranging from MIT’s relatively new Stata Center to the 130-year-old Nott Memorial at Union College. Today, we’re bringing you 24 more, recommended by mental_floss readers. 1. Cathedral of Learning The University of Pittsburgh‘s Cathedral of Learning holds the [...]

Man decorates basement with $10 Sharpie

Charlie Kratzer His home decoration Entire Ideas Basement Using a Sharpie and a Marker When He started on the basement Art project in his south Lexington home, he was surrounded by walls painted a classic cream. Ten dollars of Magic Marker and Sharpie later, the place was black and cream and drawn all over.There are [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Facts About Number 10

Number 10 Downing Street, that is. We do a lot of posts about the White House and its notable residents here on the _floss, but not quite as many on their counterparts. We’re looking to even the score a little bit today by featuring 10 on 10 Downing Street, the office and residence (sometimes – [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Isaac Newton

Happy Birthday to Isaac Newton (sort of… skip to #5 for the scoop on that)! Although he’s been a household name since his time, there’s more to Isaac than meets the apple. Here are 10 facts you may not have known about Newton. 1. He really did not like his stepfather. Newton was an avid list [...]

10 Most Influential Desks

The Toy Zone has a list of historical desks on which the owner helped shape the world. Pictured is the desk Charles Dickens used to write such classics as Great Expectations. Also see the work spaces of Shakespeare, Gandhi, Winston Churchill, and others. Link -via the Presurfer