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WWI Centennial: The Archduke and Arch-Conspirator Take Their Places

Erik Sass

We're covering the events that led to World War I exactly 100 years after they happened.

Last Week's Most Popular Stories

Jason English

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

What 1939 Thought Fashion in 2000 Would Look Like

Chris Higgins

13 Things You Might Not Know About Mae West

Amanda Green

Mae West quipped, "You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”

Weekend Links: Fabulous Fictional Libraries

Roma Panganiban

The Late Movies: Vintage CBGB Shows

Erica Palan

On this date in 1974, the Ramones made their debut at CBGB. Like many bands before (and after) them, the Ramones' appearance at this famed rock venue helped catapult them into stardom.

5 Operas About Politics

Maureen Monahan

Earlier this month, award-winning composer Derrik Wang wrote an opera, Scalia/Ginsburg, based on the friendship of Supreme Court justices Ruth Bader-Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia.

The Missing Links: At the Edge of the Earth

Colin Patrick

Hear Helen Keller Speak

Lucas Reilly

In this 1930 newsreel footage, teacher Anne Sullivan explains how Keller learned to speak.

Make this Drink to Celebrate National Rum Day

Ethan Trex

Today is National Rum Day, which for some reason is not yet a federal holiday. However, unlike Arbor Day or Grover Cleveland’s birthday, this is a holiday you should take the trouble to celebrate.

Nursery Rhyme Facts!

Jamie Spatola

Books, facts and fun for you and your little knowledge junkie.

The Science Behind Near-Death Experiences

The Week

"Walking towards the light" is a common experience for cardiac arrest survivors. A new study attempts to figure out why.

What's the Most Interesting Thing You Learned This Week?

Jason English

On Fridays, I ask a series of questions I hope will inspire discussion in the comments. Answer one, answer all, or ask your own question. On to this week's topics...

10 Characters Made Famous on TV Variety Shows

Kara Kovalchik

Some variety shows launched characters that transcended popular culture then as Bart Simpson and the Sex and the City ladies have in more recent years.

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

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