You don't have to read mental_floss to know that President Obama is running for re-election on the Democratic ticket and that Mitt Romney is opposing him on the Republican ticket. However, you might not know about these other political parties and their 2012 presidential nominees.
1. Gary... READ ON
If you're squinting and still can't make that out, it says, "Kirk is not expected to live long and prosper."
Thanks to Michael Fusion for bringing this to our... READ ON
Earlier this year you may have heard about a “War on Teachers,” where discussions of how little teachers work compared to how much they're paid got a lot of play in the media. With school starting again, let's take a closer look at our teachers.
1. They Don’t Do It for the Money
Since more money is the way to motivate employees in most businesses, some school districts with less than stellar test grades have tried offering large bonuses to teachers if they get their kids to a higher level. In... READ ON
Everyone wants dibs (such as “I’ve got dibs on that last piece of pizza!”) but do we know what they are or why we call them? Chances are you first started calling dibs back when you were a kid on the playground. Coincidentally, the playground is exactly where the phrase is believed to have... READ ON
Keep an eye out for an exciting presidential event coming up in October here at mentalfloss.com. In the meantime, good luck with today's POTUS-related Brain Game Tuesday Test Time challenge:
Who was the first U.S. president
to have a middle name, and who was
the most recent U.S. president
NOT to have a middle name?
Here are the ANSWERS.
The first U.S. president to have a middle name was John Quincy Adams.
The most recent U.S. president NOT to have a middle name was Theodore... READ ON
Did you hear the one about the Indian bloggers who Samsung flew to Berlin to see their new gadgets? Turns out they were expected to play booth babe and work to earn their plane tickets and hotel rooms.
The Cecilia Prize is being offered to the best amateur restoration of the fresco Ecce Homo -- or the funniest, it seems. See some imaginative examples submitted already.
Watch a sport-themed "People are Awesome" video. These folks are fit, talented, and totally without fear.
Bubbles the dog wants... READ ON
Dan Lewis runs the wildly popular daily newsletter Now I Know (“Learn Something New Every Day, By Email”). To subscribe to his daily email, click... READ ON
Labor Day generally marks the end of summer and the start of a new school year. These fun educational videos for all ages should ease the sting of returning to school and help make studying more enjoyable.
"Bad Romance: Women's Suffrage" by Soomo Publishing
This might be our favorite: a fantastic, well-produced women's suffrage parody of Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" from the educational publishing company Soomo.
"Gutenberg" by History for Music Lovers
The Hawaiian-based history teachers... READ ON
The Arm of the Law Really Is Quite Long
It reaches five decades backward in time. And all for a lousy dime.
Squirt Gun Flamethrower Just Sounds Like a Bad Idea
An awesome idea. But a bad idea all the same. Check out that and other deadly DIY items you need to avoid.
Running a Car on Moonshine
Is that really... READ ON
One of Prince Charles's Secret Service code names was "Unicorn."