The actor who was inside R2-D2 hated the guy who played C-3PO.
Fifty-six years ago yesterday, Republican VP candidate Richard Nixon went on TV to give what's known as the "Checkers Speech." Why does a speech named after a dog live on in our cultur
At the request of reader Mike, today's "Feel Art Again" features Jean-LÃ©on GÃ©rÃ´me (1824-1904), a French painter.
Journalist/programmer Andy Baio had a problem: he had recorded a half-hour telephone interview, but didn't want to spend hours transcribing it to text so he could post it on his blog.
I was in New York this weekend to visit my brother-in-law, check out a Yankees game and drop in on Mangesh and Jason at the Brooklyn HQ.
Microsoft announced it was moving away from its commercials featuring Bill Gates and Jerry Seinfeld just two weeks after unveiling the baffling teaser ads.
All this talk of sexism lately has got me to wondering, with all the negative things associated with being a sexist (you're a behind-the-times jerk, an oppressor of women, etc.), are there any po
Once upon a time, wedding bands were plain gold, or more likely gold plated. Their value was in the symbolism.
We're back with another 5-day trivia hunt!
To remind you of the rules: Every day this week, I'll be presenting a specific challenge.
After John Adams won the Emmy for best miniseries, Tom Hanks said, "The election between Jefferson and Adams was filled with innuendo, lies, a bitter partisan press and disinformation.
While at the bookstore recently, the young daughter of a mental_floss fan offered to challenge me with a riddle that she had written herself.
Gut Instinct's Surprising Role in Math. New research suggests that math teachers might do well to emphasize the power of general reckoning.
The 6 Most Horrifying Ways Anyone Ever Got Rich.
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At last night's Emmy Awards, HBO's John Adams miniseries won a boatload of awards. It's out on DVD now, and I enjoyed the heck out of it when it aired on HBO earlier this year.
With the financial world in a state of flux, we thought now was a good time to explore the early history of credit cards, checks, coins and paper money.
In the 1800s, you could pick