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Santa Claus Is From New Jersey

Nicholas Ferroni

Thomas Nast began drawing Santa as early as 1863.

Last Week's Most Popular Stories

Jason English

In case you weren't obsessively refreshing mentalfloss.com all week, here's what you

Weekend Links: The Most Relaxing Song in the World

Allison Keene

MC Frontalot’s toilet paper factory rap (wrap?) created for Sesame Street taught me many things I did not know and always wondered ...

How MythBuster Adam Savage Solves Problems

Chris Higgins

In this Maker Faire talk from 2010, Adam Savage explains how he went from being a billiards player to a prop-maker to a special effects master, and ultimately a MythBuster (among much else).

Who Really Wrote "'Twas the Night Before Christmas"?

Stacy Conradt

Call it a literary mystery - nearly 190 years after "A Visit from St. Nicholas" was published in New York's Troy Sentinel, we still don't know who really wrote the classic

Tonight: Frozen Planet: Edge of the Earth

Chris Higgins

Tonight (Saturday, December 22) at 9:00pm ET/PT on Discovery, take a look back at the Frozen Planet documentary, coproduced with the BBC.

Weekend Links: The Most Easily Scared Man in the World

Allison Keene

This is the Most Easily Scared Man in the World. He has such a positive attitude about it!

10 Facts About Your Favorite Christmas Carols

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The Late Movies: Reports from the Apocalypse

Miss Cellania

The apocalypse, for some reason, was supposed to happen today. Just because a calendar ran out?

5 Helpful Holiday Travel Tips from the TSA Blog

Erin McCarthy

The holiday travel season is upon us!

The Missing Links: A Painting Horse

Colin Patrick

Diagnosing the Ailments of the Wet Bandits A real doctor gives their medical opinion on the injuries sustained by Marv and Harry in Home Alone. * Kelsie Frick Is Indeed As She Describes What a

7 Board Games That Probably Weren't Appropriate for Kids

Danny Groner

Board games are a time-honored tradition for kids of all generations to enjoy, and parents depend on them to keep their young ones in check for at least a few minutes at a time.

What is a Supervolcano?

Erin McCarthy

In Yellowstone, the rim of a supervolcano caldera is visible in the distance. Photo courtesy of the National Park Service.

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.