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From Virgil to Beyoncé: 5 Great Moments of Artistic Patronage

Jo Piazza

Throughout the centuries, the patronage system has allowed for the redistribution of wealth from the business class to the creative class—the members of which were often assumed to be starving and in

12 Reddit AMAs Worth Revisiting

Colin Patrick

Photo courtesy Snoop's Instagram Snoop Dogg (AKA Snoop Lion) recently claimed in a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) that he smokes a lot of marijuana. And I mean, a lot.

The Missing Links: Adult Badges of Honor

Colin Patrick

Unfortunately, Yes I wish I didn’t agree with Ken Robinson’s contention quite so much. * Moms Are the Best And they’re doing a great job.

Here's What $315,000,000,000 in Gold Bars Looks Like

Chris Higgins

"We're in the bullion vault of the Bank of England.

7 Movies With Backstage Antics That Inspired Other Films

Orrin Konheim

1. Plan 9 From Outer Space (1957) / Ed Wood (1994) By any standard, Edward Wood, Jr. was not a particularly good filmmaker.

Buy Three T-Shirts, Get One Free!

Erin McCarthy

From today until Sunday, December 16th at midnight PST, buy any three t-shirts in the mental_floss store and get one free! Just use the code "FREEBIRD" at

11 Golden Girls References Explained for Younger Viewers

Kara Kovalchik

For those of you who were too young to watch the show when it first aired, many of the topical references might be ancient history.

Do Cameras Really Add 10 Pounds?

Matt Soniak

For everyone who’s ever been unhappy with the way they look in a picture or on video, there’s almost always someone there to try and comfort them by pointing out that the camera “adds ten pounds” to i

NASA's Pretty Confident the World's Not Going to End Next Week

Erin McCarthy

So confident, in fact, that last night they released a video called "Why the World Didn't End Yesterday," 10 days before the end of the Mayan calendar, which some conspiracy theorists b

Dragon Spotted Over Disney World

Stacy Conradt

Someone find the Khaleesi: A dragon has been spotted in the Orlando area.

Brain Game: Full Court Press

Today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Think Thursday challenge tests your National Basketball Association knowledge.

Morning Cup of Links: The Year That Was

Miss Cellania

2012 on Twitter: The 5 Conversations that Spun Our World This Year. Most of them were about events occurring outside of the U.S. * 10 Disney Songs Sung In The Characters' Native Tongues.

12 Nutty Dungeons & Dragons Media Mentions From the 1980s

Chris Higgins

In the 1980s, U.S. and Canadian media were up in arms over Dungeons & Dragons and the problem of teen suicide.

12 Characters From Your Childhood Voiced by Tim Curry

Stacy Conradt

You know Tim Curry as the deliciously devious Doctor Frank-N-Furter from The Rocky Horror Picture Show. You might recall him as Wadsworth, the freakishly fast-talking butler in Clue.

12 Christmas Cards Sure to Geek Up Your Holiday Spirit

Jill Harness

It might be a little late to order Christmas cards to send out to your friends and family, but you’ve still got plenty of time to enjoy the great art and creativity in some of the geekiest holiday car