19 Famous People Who Started as Extras

Eddie Deezen

These people all made one or more appearances as movie extras before going on to bigger and better things.

Brain Game: Arthritis

Today's Brain Game Wednesday Wordplay challenge is a word ladder.

Morning Cup of Links: Marshmallow Cannon

Miss Cellania

Should people be required to earn a GED to receive unemployment benefits?

5 Questions: Famous Hills

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World War I Centennial: More Guns and Ships for Germany

Erik Sass

Installment #4: After the Second Moroccan Crisis, as European leaders confronted the suddenly very real possibility of a continent-wide war, internal political tensions in Germany moved into the foreg

The Late Movies: California Raisins

Erica Palan

Sure, we were all psyched about the commercials before last weekend's Super Bowl, but will any of them spawn Emmy Award-winning TV specials?

Taylor Wilson at the White House

Jason English

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza Last summer we ran a profile of Taylor Wilson in mental_floss magazine. Today the kid was at the White House!

40 Years Ago, Iran Was Hit by the Deadliest Blizzard in History

Haley Sweetland Edwards

Blizzard image via Shutterstock Forty years ago this week, the deadliest blizzard on record ripped through the lower Caucasus and into Iran, where it left 4,000 people dead.

What Disneyland Looked Like in 1957

Chris Higgins

Disneyland opened in 1955. Just two years later, the film below was shot. This footage has been in the vault, so to speak, since then; it was just released by Todd J.

Name All the Best Picture Nominations Since 2008

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They say it's an honor just to be nominated, but do people really remember the nominees? How many of the Best Picture nominees from 2008 through this year can you name in 10 minutes? (When we say "2008," we mean the Academy Awards that were held in 2008, so those movies came out in 2007. We're including the winners. And we're including this year's nominees.) Good luck!

10 Excellent Bookstore Cats

Miss Cellania

Not all bookstores have cats: the big chains don't have cats, and some mom and pop stores keep their cats at home, so if you are allergic to cats, you can still find a place to browse for reading

Brain Game: Feel Like a Number

Put on your mathematical thinking cap and take the Tuesday Test Time challenge for today's Brain Game.

Morning Cup of Links: Osama+Zombie=Osombie

Miss Cellania

Nichelle Nichols talks about breaking barriers in television.

5 Questions: Big 10 Teams

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The Time We Found Pyramids on Mars

Calli Arcale

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Mars has long fascinated people. One of the few objects in the night sky to show a visible color and the only one that wandered, it was a natural draw.