It's Thursday night, which means it's time for GUESS THE THEME! We had some trouble with the last installment, which I'm reposting here (I don't think anyone got it...it was incredibly tough!)
Once again, all the clips below have something in common. Can you guess what it is? Leave your answers in the comments.
The Eagles - Take It... READ ON
Chris Schwarz emailed us his Halloween pictures. How about you? Send them to email@example.com and we'll post some of our favorites on Monday (like... READ ON
Today is the 139th anniversary of etiquette guru Emily Post’s birth. We’ve got a copy of the eleventh revised edition of her classic tome Etiquette here in the mental_floss New York office, and it’s a terrific read if you ever need pointers on how to behave in 1965. In honor of Mrs. Post’s birthday, here are 10 helpful tips and admonitions from the... READ ON
I've been working my way through John Hodgman's final book of complete world knowledge, That Is All, for a few weeks now. It comes out November 1 (11/1/11), and I'll have a complete review then. But I'm here to tell you today: this is the best final book of complete world knowledge I've read all year. And I don't just say that because the previous two books of complete world knowledge were actually incomplete (and thus worthless without this final volume) -- I say it because That is All is the only... READ ON
A Turkish rescuer searches for earthquake survivors in Van province of Turkey.
© Ma Yan/Xinhua Press/Corbis
When two-week-old Azra Karaduman was pulled from what was left of a seven-story apartment building 47 hours after a devastating earthquake leveled parts of Turkey, spectators marveled that such a tiny morsel of humanity could survive such a horrific ordeal. But scientists tell us that infants are actually the most likely survivors due to their incredible resiliency. Newborns are equipped with... READ ON
If our grand plan for a Split Decision game show ever comes together, I'm ready to give the people behind Tumblr blog "Halloween or Williamsburg?" their own... READ ON
Ever wonder how it is that you can share photos from Flickr to sites like Facebook? Ever wonder how a Google map can pinpoint your geo coordinates in Yelp? Or that your tweets can be simultaneously published to Facebook? Or, simply, that we’re able to show you YouTube videos on the mental_floss blog?
All these types of collaborations are done through what’s called an API, or application programming interface. It’s sort of like how we humans interact with Web and mobile app, only south (reference?... READ ON
While researching the tale of Mercy Brown for the Cemetery Stories post, I read that she was the only accused vampire ever exhumed in the United States. The very idea that this is a notable fact gave me the willies. Is this so common in other countries? As it turns out, exhumation over supernatural suspicions happened quite often in our history, and many people have been accused of vampirism during their lives. There are so many such people that I limited this list to examples of the different reasons... READ ON
Here's a quick-and-dirty mentalfloss.com Brain Game Think Thursday challenge. Enjoy!
What's the final number in this sequence?
8795, 29, 11, ?
Here is the SOLUTION.
The final number is 2.
Each number is the sum of the digits used in the previous number:
8+7+9+5 = 29
2+9 = 11
1+1 = 2
Thanks for playing! Tomorrow, it's Free-for-all... READ ON
Why Our Brains Love Horror Movies. The more you know, the more pleasure you can squeeze out of this weekend's offerings.
Here are some behind the scenes photos from a 1947 live horror show. They briefly explain how "realistic throat-cutting" works.
How to Write Romance Novels. The formula is spot-on, but the example left me in stitches.
Eddie Murphy says he's through with family movies and wants to get edgy again. Eventually, he may get around to finding a new project.
We Are The 1%.... READ ON
Winston Churchill's mother was born in Brooklyn.