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Our Smarty Pants Magazine Made The New York Times Today

Jason English

Today in shameless self-promotion, here's a link to David Carr's latest piece, which is about our owner Felix Dennis and includes some nice coverage of our "smarty pants magazine":

Peter Cushing and His Miniature Soldiers

Chris Higgins

Peter Cushing is famous for his roles in the Hammer films, his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, his roles in Doctor Who films, and later as Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars (among many other roles).

Why Is the Sound of Nails on a Chalkboard So Unpleasant?

Erin McCarthy

The act of scraping nails down a chalkboard creates a sound so awful that most people have an instantaneous reaction: A shiver runs up the spine, and they slap their hands over their ears.

Brain Game: Math Square #143

Here's a brand new mentalfloss.com Brain Game Monday Math Square challenge.

Morning Cup of Links: New York Mad Hatters

Miss Cellania

Senator George McGovern, the antiwar 1972 presidential candidate, died Sunday at age 90.

24 Useful Words From Laádan, a Language Invented to Express a Woman's Point of View

Arika Okrent

In 1981, author Suzette Haden Elgin was working on a speech when she began to wonder why feminist science fiction always portrayed either matriarchy, where women were superior to men, or androgyny, wh

17 Famous Actors in Tiny Background Parts

Stacy Conradt

Before they were headlining movies and TV shows, these celebs were just like everyone else trying to make it in Hollywood: thrilled to call home to report that the “Flight Attendant #3” role was total

The 5 Other Times Baseball Managers Were Traded

Danny Groner

Blue Jays' manager John Farrell was so highly coveted by the Red Sox to replace Bobby Valentine, Boston sent infielder Mike Aviles to Toronto to bring Farrell to Beantown.

Male Explorer Revealed To Be A Woman Honored Two Centuries Later

Jill Harness

Jean Baret was one heck of an explorer back in the late 1700s, circumnavigating the globe and serving as an assistant to naturalist Philibert Commerçon.

The Life And Times Of The MGM Lion

Matt Soniak

The famous mascot of Metro-Goldwyn Mayer is not one lion, but five lions. These are their stories. Slats

Weekend Links: Halloween Postcards

Allison Keene

Most certainly a conversation-starting piece: photographs of Marines' faces before, during, and after serving in Afghanistan.

9 Things Invented For Military Use That You Now Encounter In Everyday Life

Allison Lex

A surprising number of military inventions have found their ways into our civilian lives. Here are just a few military-turned-everyday items. 1.

Happy 27th Birthday, Nintendo Entertainment System

Chris Higgins

In Feel Old Again news, the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) console went on sale 27 years ago this week in North America.

What a Big Baby: The Life and Times of the Paradox Frog

Matt Soniak

In the tropical lowlands of the Amazon rainforest, some of the frogs are shrinking. No cause for alarm, though. This isn’t the work of deforestation, mining runoff or even witch doctors.

Mmmm, Brains: Everything You Wanted to Know About Cannibalism But Were Afraid to Ask

Matt Soniak

It's the time of year when seeing flesh-eating zombies on the streets is actually kind of normal. So let's talk about cannibalism.