We’ve all heard of the American Civil War and the French Revolution. The Cold War and Cuba are old hat by now, and we’ve seen so much on Iraq and Afghanistan we know them inside out. These parts of history may indeed be pretty crazy, but they’re so well-known they just don’t have the same impact anymore. But do you know about the world’s craziest Central Asian dictators, who spend millions building marble palaces or boil their political opponents to death, depending on which country you look at? Do you even know which countries are in Central Asia? Many of you may not—and that’s what makes finding out about this stuff so interesting, horrific as some of it undoubtedly is.
Thursday, Jul 27th 2017 (12:00am)
A list compiled at BuzzFeed more than a year ago but still very pertinent if you ever have plans to hop the puddle for a visit to our Brit friends. It's a completely different language.
Thursday, Jul 13th 2017 (12:00am) | Thanks: Kyndi
Let the carping begin! Anytime someone tries to pinpoint regional idioms, there are many folks who were born and raised there and have never heard the term.
John Green has a whole slew of them in the latest mental_floss video.
Have you have ever read the speech that William Safire wrote for President Nixon in case of a moon landing disaster? Or President John F. Kennedy's Dallas Trade Mart speech he would have given at a luncheon. He never made it.
For every speech, there are a bunch of versions that ended up on the writers' room floor. Here are 12 speeches that were written but, for a variety of reasons, never delivered.
Monday, Jan 7th 2013 (10:24am)
This question, posed on Kel-Tec Owner's Group forum in February, further proves that 'tactical' is indeed the buzzword darling of the gear and guns industry. Therefore, it's only natural for that word to be applied to some traditionally non-tactical products, which has created a recent onslaught of the most ridiculously tactical items in the world.
Thursday, Jul 15th 2010 (4:48am)
Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
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