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What's the Best Gag Gift You've Ever Given?

Jason English

On Fridays, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else's reply, whatever you want.

"A Nun Suit Painted on Some Old Boxes" and 71 Other Great Frank Zappa Song Titles

Colin Patrick

The late Frank Zappa would have turned 72 today. Even if you don’t know much about Zappa, you may be aware of his penchant for creative naming.

6 Memorable Movie Musical Moments That Were Recorded Live

Erin McCarthy

Much ado is being made about the fact that the movie musical version of Les Miserables, out December 25, did not use pre-recorded vocals.

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

Ground Zero at the Maya Apocalypse The town of Bugarach, France, was reported to be the safest place on earth for the Maya Apocalypse.

What are Frankincense and Myrrh, Anyway?

Matt Soniak

Gold, frankincense and myrrh.In the standard Christmastime narrative of Jesus’ birth, he’s born in a manger and visited by, among others, three “wise men.” These guys are sometimes referred to as King

10 Other Doomsday Predictions That Were Not Correct

Stacy Conradt

We survived! Add it to the list of times the apocalypse was wrongly prophesized.1. 1284. When the Pope decrees something, people tend to listen.

Santas of the Future, as Imagined by Artists of the Past

Erin McCarthy

Novak Archive Science fiction has long been imagining what the future will look like—flying cars, robotic servants, Terminator-like vision—and nothing, not even Santa Claus, has been exempt.

Brain Game: Happy Holidays!

Have a fun and safe holiday season, everyone. Thanks for your continued support of mental_floss magazine

Morning Cup of Links: Still Here

Miss Cellania

The History Behind New York City’s Most Iconic Holiday Decorations. And for those of us who didn't know they were iconic, a nice introduction.

The Late Movies - Guess The Theme 80

Mark Arminio

It's Thursday, it's late, it's time once again for the game that's sweeping the nation: GUESS THE THEME! All the clips below, in this case songs, have something in common.

24 Adorable Photos of Presidents With Little Kids

Lucas Reilly

Pete Souza/White House After TIME named Barack Obama its Person of the Year, it released a series of photos by Pete Souza—which included the adorable photo above, of the president pretending to get

The Missing Links: Running in the Rain

Colin Patrick

This Helped Me TODAY When I Went to Get Lunch I still got drenched.

The Name of a New Bee Species Was Inspired by Sheldon Cooper

Erin McCarthy

Scientists have named plenty of species after celebrities.

16 Christmas Party Beverages, Cocktails, and Jello Shots

Miss Cellania

On the weekend before Christmas, you may be off work and ready to celebrate with friends before the whole family gets together.

The Mayan Apocalypse: By The Numbers

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