The Stories and Scandals of Hollywood's Classic Actresses

“If you can’t handle me at my worst, then you don’t deserve me at my best,” Marilyn Monroe once famously quipped. Except she didn’t. As the hosts of Scatterbrained reveal in their latest episode about classic Hollywood starlets, many myths about this beloved blonde bombshell still abound.

In addition to setting the record straight once and for all, the Scatterbrained team dug up some surprising stories about Tinseltown’s leading ladies from the ‘20s up to the ‘60s. In this episode, you’ll learn why Mae West was jailed for lewdness, which famous literary role Audrey Hepburn almost landed, why Elizabeth Taylor hated being called Liz, and the personal favor that John F. Kennedy asked of Judy Garland.

Plus, the tale of how Clara Bow was blackmailed by her hair dresser-turned-personal assistant might make you rethink the details you divulge while getting your bi-monthly trim.

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Everything You Need To Know About Weddings

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Mental Floss via YouTube

Promises. Hand-holding. Weeping—and that's just when you get the bill for your wedding! Fear not, happily betrothed couples: there are plenty of ways to plan the wedding of your dreams on a budget—you just need to know where to look.

In the latest episode of Scatterbrained, presented by Discover, Mental Floss editor-in-chief Erin McCarthy and friends will take you for a stroll down the aisle as we take a look at the history of swearing one's eternal devotion to a partner before you realize they snore, and offer some money-saving tips for your big day.

Find out more in the full video below.

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Everything You Need to Know About Budgets

Mental Floss via YouTube
Mental Floss via YouTube

Blustery days are finally replacing balmy ones, and that means the holidays are almost here. From booking Thanksgiving airline tickets to buying heartfelt holiday gifts, it’s easy to find yourself a little short on both time and money. In other words: ’tis the season for budgets.

In the latest episode of Scatterbrained, presented by Discover, Mental Floss editor-in-chief Erin McCarthy and friends will walk you through some tips and tricks to help you make a budget—and stick to it.

In addition to learning how to break down your paychecks into categories and knock out your to-do list efficiently, you’ll also delve into the history behind budgets—which didn’t always relate to financial planning. (When William Shakespeare used the word budget in The Winter’s Tale, for example, he was referring to a small purse.)

Find out more—including the surprising thing you have in common with squirrels—in the full video below.

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