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How to Write Jokes

Ransom Riggs

OK, this is really more about how not to write jokes -- but sometimes learning by negative example is helpful, too.

Morning Cup of Links: Painting Nudes

Miss Cellania

Body art puts paint next to nothing. Artists once painted nude bodies on canvas; now the naked body IS the canvas! * Go Where? Sex, Gender, and Toilets.

The Number of the Day: 6

Jason English

The Ford Motor Company made more money in the first six months of 2010 than in the previous five years combined. Related Link: "Fordlandia: Henry Ford’s Ill-Fated Foray Into the Brazilian Jung

The Late Movies: Get Your Guitar On

Mark Arminio

For thousands of years humans have been playing guitars, mostly in ill-fated attempts to overcome severe genetic disadvantages and impress members of the opposite sex.

The Quick 10: The 10 Tallest Statues in the World

Stacy Conradt

When I think of big statues, I tend to think of the Statue of Liberty and Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro. In truth, though, those statues are positively dwarfed by some lesser-known statues.

Sam I Am: How a Butcher Became America’s Most Famous Face

the mag

by Mark S. Longo Mascots. You gotta love ’em. England has its bulldog, Canada has the beaver, and America … well, America has a New York meat packer.

The Adventures of Mr. Rat - Episode 1

David K. Israel

One of the great things about blogging for mental_floss is meeting people from all over the Web who have pantloads of talent.

12 Celebrity Professors

Ethan Trex

As college students head back to class for the fall semester, many of them will take classes with professors who are well known within their fields.

An Analysis of Couch Fort Architecture

Chris Higgins

Build Blog normally covers architecture and design, in their traditional, adult sense.

The Hardest Word to Guess in Hangman

Jill Harness

Next time you want to trip someone up in hangman, try using the word "jazz." Mathematician Jon McLoone used a computer simulation that helped him uncover that "jazz" is the hardest

How to Write Movie Scenes

Ransom Riggs

Ever wondered how screenwriters do their thing? Lots of people have, and there's a whole genre of books out there devoted to helping up-and-comers understand the arcane art of movie-writing.

Brain Game: On Broadway

September is here, and right on schedule. When the month arrived, my trivial brain got right to work, wondering why September is the only month with two common abbreviations (Sep. and Sept.).

The Number of the Day: 23:59:60

Colin Patrick

A "leap second" is a single second of time which is sometimes added into the Coordinated Universal Time in order to make it more accurately sync up with astronomical time.

Morning Cup of Links: Chem Lab Accidents

Miss Cellania

You've heard moderate drinking is good for your health. Now evidence shows that heavy drinkers also outlive teetotalers. * Chemistry Lab Horror Stories.

The Late Movies: Simon's Cat

Chris Higgins

If you've been checking out web videos in the past two years, it's a good bet that you've seen Simon's Cat, a video series by animator Simon Tofield featuring the adventures of a m