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Why Is Toy Packaging So Difficult to Open?

Matt Soniak

Whether you’re buying them for your kids or yourself, you’ve surely noticed that Barbie dolls, action figures, and other toys often come packed in their own tiny Fort Knoxes, with layers upon layers o

The Late Movies: Christmas Lights Set to "Call Me Maybe"

Erica Palan

Whether or not you celebrate Christmas or enjoy the acoustical stylings of Carly Rae Jepsen, I think we can all agree on one thing: Thank goodness we don't live across the street from any of thes

The WWI Christmas Truce of 1914

Chris Higgins

Not much about life in the trenches of World War I is very festive.

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.