So many reasons why the internet will fail. A essay from 1995 bemoans the lack of all the things we've managed to come up with since then. (via Boing Boing)
How to wash your hedgehogs. They're so cute, even the dog wants to help!
A Brief History of Olympic Sore Losers. Well, that's one way to be remembered without winning a gold medal.
Christiaan Van Vuuren has been quarantined due to a rare strain of tuberculosis. After two months, he's gone stir crazy enough to produce a one-of-a-kind music... READ ON
You never know what secret passions people have, and where it will lead them. For instance, did you know Sir Isaac Newton invented the Cat Door? Oh yes - here are 5 Surprising Inventions From Famous People.... READ ON
What were the most-watched series finales in TV history? Let's take a look.... READ ON
In case you weren't obsessively refreshing mentalfloss.com all week, here's what you... READ ON
Every Olympic city provides separate housing for the world's media and an Olympic Village for the athletes, coaches and team officials.
By most accounts, Vancouver's Olympic housing is a jewel. At the very least, what it clearly is not is a converted mental hospital. So that's an upgrade.
Let me... READ ON
It was seven years ago today that we lost Mister Rogers. Back in 2007, Mangesh put together a list of 15 reasons Mister Rogers was the best neighbor ever, which became one of our most popular stories. Here's a video of the time he went to Washington to save public broadcasting. And when we held our 'Readers & Their Famous Friends' photo submission contest, Michael Geier's picture with Mister Rogers won the gold (scroll down).
Rest in Peace,... READ ON
Looks like the blind cross-country skier we profiled this week won't be competing in the Olympics after all.
How well did you sleep last night? Did you hear a large, inexplicable crash around 3 a.m.? Don't worry, it may have just been your head exploding (but it's not what you think - thanks Sarah for the link!)
Speaking of exploding heads, or eardrums, can you hear as well as a teenager? This audio test of a high-pitched frequency used to deter teens from certain areas will tell you the truth.... READ ON
Our 9th annual '10 Issue' hits newsstands this week. To celebrate, here's an article from last year's edition.By Maggie Koerth-Baker Get ready for a little kiss and tell. From the smooch that changed a law to the peck that launched a religion, these are the most powerful kisses in history.1. The Kiss of Judas: A Betrayal or Just... READ ON
If you're looking for some great facts on foods, the new 10 Issue (which hits bookstores this Tuesday!) has you covered. From a hilarious food fight between San Francisco and Los Angeles over the origin of the Fortune Cookie, to why Ray Kroc had no faith in the Egg McMuffin, we've got all sorts of great stories. But perhaps one of my favorites was this little known gem about Rice-A-Roni's origins:
The Not-So Frisco Treat?
If you watched daytime television in the 1980s, you know that Rice-a-Roni is... READ ON