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The Sometimes Baffling Origins of 32 Superstitions

You know the superstitions. Do you know how in the world people came up with them?<p>Don't miss an episode of mental_floss on YouTube—subscribe</i> …

Where Does General Tso Chicken Actually Come From?

<i>Part 2 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> Misconceptions.<p><b>About Jennifer 8. Lee's Talk</b><p>Journalist Jennifer 8. Lee talks about her hunt for the origins of familiar Chinese-American dishes — exploring the hidden spots where these two cultures have combined to form a new cuisine.<p><b>About Jennifer 8. Lee</b><p>I really …

9 Intriguing Excerpts From Old FBI Files

Under J. Edgar Hoover, everybody who was anybody had an FBI file. Here are some interesting things we found while poking around their archives.<p>1. …

Aldous Huxley: the prophet of our brave new digital dystopia

On 22 November 1963 the world was too preoccupied with the Kennedy assassination to pay much attention to the passing of two writers from the other side of the Atlantic: CS Lewis and Aldous Huxley. Fifty years on, Lewis is being honoured with a plaque in Poets' Corner at Westminster Abbey, to be …

7 Real (And Totally Insane) Medical Practices From History

Whenever someone says, "People in the past were such dumbasses," scholars like to point out that you have to judge history in its proper context. …

25 Books That Changed The Course Of History

But what about the lives of an entire generation? Can a book change the future?<p>Miriam Tuliao, assistant director of central collection development at the New York Public Library, helped us come up with a list of 25 books that changed the course of history.<p>From the Torah to Orwell's "1984," these 25 …

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Watch the Real-Life Anchorman Who Inspired Will Ferrell to Create Ron Burgundy

In a new* *<i>Rolling Stone</i> interview, Will Ferrell reveals the origin story of Ron Burgundy, the satirical 70s anchorman who is currently terrorizing our great nation —its college campuses, grocery aisles, and museums—to promote <i>Anchorman</i>’s upcoming sequel,<i>Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues</i>.<p>The actor …

Sandy Hook Gun Maker Sales Soar