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What was the "Checkers Speech" and why is it so important?

Matt Soniak

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

Eager to Escape This Theatre: Jean-Léon Gérôme

Andréa Fernandes

At the request of reader Mike, today's "Feel Art Again" features Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824-1904), a French painter.

Crowd-Sourced Audio Transcription

Chris Higgins

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.

The Quick 10: 10 Facts About Yankee Stadium

Stacy Conradt

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.

5 Ad Campaigns that Failed Quickly (or Spectacularly)

Ethan Trex

Microsoft announced it was moving away from its commercials featuring Bill Gates and Jerry Seinfeld just two weeks after unveiling the baffling teaser ads.

Good News for Sexists: You Probably Earn More

Ransom Riggs

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

11 Weird and Wonderful Wedding Rings

Miss Cellania

Once upon a time, wedding bands were plain gold, or more likely gold plated. Their value was in the symbolism.

How Did You Know? - {day 2}

David K. Israel

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.

The Election of 1800: The Birth of Negative Campaigning in the U.S.

the mag

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.

Brain Game: Trish's Riddle

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.

Morning Cup of Links: Evil Twins

Miss Cellania

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.

$50,000 Tuition Giveaway

Mangesh & Jason

No purchase or payment necessary to enter or win. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning.

Site Maintenance: Comments Turned Off

Jason English

Hey everybody. For the next 18 hours (give or take), we'll be undergoing a little site maintenance. Unfortunately, this means you won't have the ability to comment on today's posts.

4 Reasons You Must Watch HBO's "John Adams"

Chris Higgins

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.

The Origins of Credit Cards, Checks, Coins and Bills

In the Beginning

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. Credit Cards In the 1800s, you could pick