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Doug McClure and Troy Donahue, the Two Halves of Troy McClure

Hi, I’m D.B. Grady. You might remember me from such articles as The Criminal Lives of Classical Composers and Remarkable Things Discovered Under …

Royal Family

10 Lesser-Known U.S. Coins

President Obama recently suggested the retirement of the penny as a way of reducing the federal budget, since it costs nearly two and a half times …

Great Depression

11 Disney Character Cameos in Other Disney Movies

Disney has been playing I Spy in their movies for decades. The next time you pop in one of these films, keep your eyes peeled for a few characters …

Walt Disney Company

11 Characters Played by Different Actors

Having more than one actor portray the same character happens more often than you’d think on many popular TV series. The reason behind the switcheroo …

Self-Pity

11 Times Companies Bowed to Customer Outcry

The customer is always right—as these 11 companies learned the hard way.<p>1. Watered-Down Whiskey<p>On February 9, whiskey maker Maker’s Mark let it slip …

Bank of America

30 Things Turning 30 This Year

Though we often forget it in favor of its younger and more popular sibling (1984), 1983 was a banner year for American culture: It is the birth year …

12 Very Special 'Very Special Episodes'

Some TV shows are custom-made for Very Special Episodes. With all those girls on the cusp of adulthood at the Eastland Academy on <i>The Facts of Life,</i> …

6 Fictional Houses You Can Move Into

Most of us, at one point or another, have coveted a house that's not real. For me, it's the mansion from <i>The Haunting</i>, minus the haunting. While most …

Architecture

50 Shades of Gray from the First Comprehensive Guide to Color Naming

Robert Ridgway was a famous ornithologist who wrote an eight-volume work on <i>The Birds of North and Middle America.</i> (Three more volumes were completed …

Great Depression

35 Facts About Mr. Fred Rogers - mental_floss on YouTube (Ep.2)

How 10 Famous Landmarks Get Clean

Happy first day of Spring! This is the time of year when we cleanse our homes of all the muck and mustiness of winter. But it's not just houses that …

Great Depression

10 Old-Fashioned Swears to Spice up Your Cussin'

People just don't swear like they used to. As long ago as 1944, H.L. Mencken, the great observer of American language, sadly noted that cursing had …

How to Buy a New Computer (in 1993)

This classic episode of <i>Computer Chronicles</i> helps buyers choose personal computers...in 1993. It's quite the trip down memory lane, including a …

Personal Computers

What the Internet Looked Like in 1995

In this episode of <i>Computer Chronicles</i>, the team goes in-depth on "The Internet," a trendy topic in 1995. It starts with host Stewart Cheifet in a …

MacBook Pro

6 People Who Went to Great Lengths for Their Pranks

<i>Julie Winterbottom is the former editor in chief of</i> Nickelodeon <i>magazine, where she fulfilled her childhood dream of getting paid to write jokes; her</i> …

45 Odd Facts About US Presidents - mental_floss on YouTube (Ep.3)

9 Creative Ways to Enjoy Cadbury Creme Eggs

Easter is the last of the "candy holidays" until Halloween, so you better make the most of it! A few candies have become traditional for Easter: …

Cadbury Creme Egg

12 Lonely Negative Words

Are you disgusted, disgruntled and disheveled? Well, unfortunately you’re never going to be gusted, gruntled or sheveled. <i>Disgusted, disgruntled</i> and</i> …