The Weekly Recap
In case you weren't obsessively refreshing mentalfloss.com all week, here's what you missed:
Top 5 Stories Originally Posted This Week
1. The Strange Early Jobs of 23 Famous People, by Ethan Trex
2. 6 Movies With Far More Depressing Alternative Endings, by Danny Gallagher
3. 5 Alternative Teaching Methods, by Scott Allen
4. One-Man Construction: 7 Lifelong Personal Projects, by Miss Cellania
5. Surfing the Web at 300 Baud, by Chris Higgins
Top 5 Most Commented Stories
1. Is Texting Ruining Our Children?, by Chris Higgins
2. A Brief History of Garden Gnomes, by Linda Rodriguez
3. The Quick 10: Santa Monica Pier, by Stacy Conradt
4. 10 Brilliant (or Puzzling) Baseball Stadium Promotions, by Ethan Trex
5. Don't Eat The Marshmallow, by Chris Higgins
[New Rule: Stories on the 'Most Popular' list have been omitted from the 'Most Commented' chart.]
Top 3 Quizzes Originally Posted This Week
Top-Selling T-Shirt in Our Store
"Hokey Pokey Anonymous" beat out "I'm No Rocket Surgeon" to keep its stranglehold on first place. You can get both shirts here.
10 Other Things We Learned
1. C.S. Lewis and Aldous Huxley both died the same day that President Kennedy did (November 22, 1963).
2. Animatronic robots can still rock.
3. Hitler's downfall was bad subtitles.
4. Before they were megastars, Steve Martin and Arnold Schwarzenegger (and many more celebs) appeared on The Dating Game.
5. You can finally put all your old LPs to good (and hilarious) use.
6. AbÅ« YÅ«suf YaÊ»qÅ«b ibn Isá¸¥Äq al-KindÄ« was the father of perfume.
7. Farmers aren't stupid.
8. The Very Hungry Caterpillar deserves that name.
9. We seem to have several art-loving readers in the Philippines.
10. And finally, as Will's mom and my grandma (and several of our Twitter followers) pointed out this morning, someone at The Today Show has heard of us (fast-forward to roughly 7:20):
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