You, me, cats, dogs, horses, rabbits, deer, elephants and lots of other animals all make brown poop (most of the time, anyway). What makes birds veer from the standard color palette and produce black and white... READ ON
Positively brilliant - The Sound and the Fury as William Faulkner imagined, in color. (Thanks Frances for this link!)
From Dekalb, an exceptionally in-depth consideration of Jay-Z's "99 Problems" (and yes it's a PDF but it should display in your browser).
“One Steinway Place” is an exploration of the famed piano factory in Astoria, Queens, by the photographer Christopher Payne. With more than twelve thousand individual parts, including those made of Canadian maple, Bavarian spruce, and Swedish... READ ON
You've already seen celebrities posing with Mental Floss at the Motor City Comic Con, but have you ever wondered whether your favorite fictional characters would enjoy the magazine? Thanks to the San Diego Comic Con, we were able to find out that, whether given to real celebrities or fictional icons, Mental Floss is always a big hit.
All photos by Zeon Santos and myself.
1 & 2: Velma and Wonder... READ ON
Kevin Allocca is the "trends manager" at YouTube, which means, as he says, he watches YouTube videos for a living -- and then thinks about why they become popular. In this TED Talk, Allocca runs through a series of viral video hits and attempts to explain why they became popular. While it's not exactly deep thought (it seems to boil down to "new media is awesome!"), his discussion of Nyan Cat and videos of other cats watching it is worth the price of admission. Have a... READ ON
Back in 2010, we introduced you to some of the many talented artists at the San Diego Comic Con. So how have things changed in the last two years? For one thing, there are even more talented artists setting up shop at the convention these days. Here are a few of the many amazing artists at the convention.
Jackie Huang of Wool... READ ON
In case you weren't obsessively refreshing mentalfloss.com all week, here's what you... READ ON
On May 8, 2007, David Letterman asked perhaps the least important question any man could have asked: "How many guys in Spider-Man suits can fit into a Jamba Juice restaurant in New York City?" In order to answer this question, Letterman sent a rather large group of Spider-Men into a Jamba Juice, filming the whole time. This is one of the dumbest, weirdest things I've ever seen. I think about this every few days. When life seems a little low, maybe you should just send some Spider-Men into a juice bar... READ ON
Using the noggin: how to successfully store passwords in your subconscious.
I positively loved this beautiful video of a person who "plays a strangely tuned guitar in a language that we can all understand." (Thanks for this goes to Matt!)
Another cool video -- this time, of a marble machine that continues to gain complexity.... READ ON
Editor's Note: This is the third installment of Bill DeMain's new column, where he explores the real historical events that inspired various songs. "Music History" appears twice a month.
“Yes! We Have No Bananas”
Written by Frank Silver and Irving Cohn (1922)
Originally sung by Eddie Cantor
The story goes that one day in 1922, songwriting duo Frank Silver and Irving Cohn were on their way to work in New York City when they stopped for a... READ ON
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was released at 12:01am on July 21, 2007. Celebrate the book's wood anniversary with a few Hogwarts-related quizzes from the... READ ON
One of Prince Charles's Secret Service code names was "Unicorn."