Go Backstage at 30 Rock
The awesome team behind Jimmy Fallon’s blog has put together a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure style tour of the show’s production facilities in New York. The tour includes visits to backstage areas like The Roots dressing room, the props department, and even a visit to the famous Jim Henson Muppet pipes. If you don’t know what those are, you really should check this out.
Happy 200th Birthday, War of 1812!
A primer on America’s often overlooked conflict.
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Whether it's for a day trip, a getaway weekend, or a full-blown vacation, there's a theme park near you, and many of them have new rides to deliver the biggest thrills yet -if you're into that sort of thing.
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In this short animated video, Dr. Olivia Johnson of the Royal Observatory Greenwich (home of Greenwich Mean Time and the Prime Meridian) explains how scientists measure the universe using parallax, standard candles, and the Doppler effect. Got four minutes? Pick up some basic math. (Sorry, maths.)
Royal Observatory Greenwich is hosting an exhibit on Measuring the Universe through September. See also: Hank Green's explanation of how The Universe Has No Edge.
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Some felt that our most recent U.S. president puzzle was a bit on the easy side, but I don't think that'll be a problem today. Step up to the mentalfloss.com Brain Game Tuesday Test Time challenge and find out. Good luck!
Only two U.S. presidents served a single four-year
term in office but then did not seek their
party's nomination for re-election as the incumbent.
Name these two.
Here are the ANSWERS.
RUTHERFORD B. HAYES and JAMES K. POLK.
Thanks for playing! Tomorrow, it's... READ ON
Welcome to the Multiverse. What is everything we know is only one of many universes that are all extremely different.
Long before we actually had e-books, Douglas Adams recorded the history and future of books in 1993 for his publisher. Now there's a competition underway challenging animators to illustrate Adams' prophetic essay, and this entry by Gavin Edwards is a standout.
The 60 pictures in this Extreme Tattoo Gallery go way beyond tramp stamps. A few might even be NSFW.
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For the past few weeks, every time I saw an acronym or initials, I took a picture. You know the brands, authors, and pieces of legislation, but do you know what all those letters stand for?
1.... READ ON
If you ever thought your tablecloth was ruined and worthless after someone left a nasty coffee cup stain on it, then you need to meet Hong Yi. That's because the artist knows how to take those annoying brown rings and turn them into something absolutely... READ ON
This is for everyone celebrating Memorial Day weekend with pools, picnics, parades, and barbecue.
The Last Letters From World War I Literary Heroes. Poets Wilfred Owen and Edward Thomas, and editor Roland Gerard Garvin all died in the War to End All Wars.
A little boy visits his father's grave at Arlington. It's a gripping photo included in the gallery of Memorial Day Tributes Around the World.
Honor Flight is a program to bring World War II veterans to see the memorial built in their honor in... READ ON
Michael Jackson’s 1988 autobiography Moonwalk was edited by Jackie O.