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Why Do They Use Sterile Needles for Lethal Injections?

Matt Soniak

“Lethal injection” isn’t a marketing term or a cute nickname. The intent of the injection is to execute someone. So why bother with the alcohol swab and sterile needle?

The Late Movies: Banana Peels

Gabrielle Linnell

Peel banana. Place peel on ground. Insert comic moment. Banana peel slips remain a source of human fascination and schadenfreude.

The Quick 10: 10 Things Mark Twain Didn't Say (and 10 he did)

Stacy Conradt

The man who has provided us with some of the best quips of all time is also one of the most misquoted men of all time.

How Did You Know Cara Vu?

David K. Israel

We had a lot of fun giving away daily neatorama prizes this month! We hope you continue to enjoy this new aspect of the game. Thanks for being active on the Facebook page.

I Want to Send You $50!

Jason English

I want to send you $50. Because you deserve $50! Unfortunately, the economics of a give-all-our-readers-$50 promotion concerned our accounting department.

More Minimalism

Colin Patrick

This minimalist thing is taking over the internet! Hot on the heels of last week's Minimalist Hereos post comes Minimalist

Pomplamoose: Donate Books to Kids, Get a Christmas Album

Chris Higgins

YouTube phenoms Pomplamoose have released a Christmas album -- but it's not for sale. The only way to get the album is to donate a book to the Richmond Book Drive.


David K. Israel

My mom just returned from a semester at sea (life-long-learner program). The other night she showed us her photos. Good stuff.

Dog Day Afternoon: The 35th Anniversary Quiz

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Earlier this year, the classic bank robbery movie Dog Day Afternoon celebrated its 35th anniversary. Let's see how well you remember the exploits of Sonny (Al Pacino) and Sal (John Cazale) in their ill-fated holdup attempt.

Patricia Piccinini's Revolting, Realistic Sculptures

Jill Harness

While sculpting the human body can take some serious skills, it takes even more talent to create a shockingly disgusting creature that looks utterly realistic and somehow invokes our sympathies.

A Note to Readers in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill Area

Jason English

The mental_floss Trivia Show may be headed to North Carolina's Research Triangle in 2011. Do we have any readers in that part of the country?

13 Weird and Wonderful Gingerbread Houses

Miss Cellania

Traditional alpine chalets, woodland cottages, and Victorian mansions made of gingerbread are impressive, to say the least. I know from experience that they are not easy to make.

Know Your Labels: The Stories Behind 5 California Wine Brands

Ethan Trex

As holiday parties approach, so does the specter of sipping from a small plastic cup of inexpensive wine as you make small talk. Ever wonder where the names on those bottles came from?

8-Bit Arthouse: Super There Will Be Blood

Ransom Riggs

Ingeniously combining two of my favorite things, nostalgia for the original Nintendo Entertainment System and indie movies -- specifically, 2007's dark and disturbing There Will Be Blood -- is Su

Brain Game: Get Well Soon!

By changing one letter at a time to form different English words, and leaving all other letters in their original positions, convert WELL into SOON in the fewest steps possible.