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10 Nonviolent Ways to Thwart a Westboro Baptist Church Protest

Adrienne Crezo

You're probably familiar with the Topeka-based Westboro Baptist Church, a fringe religious group of anti-gay, anti-Semitic, anti-kindness-in-general people infamous for picketing at the funerals

Why Did NORAD Start Tracking Santa?

Matt Soniak

On December 24, 1955, the red telephone at the Continental Air Defense Command Operations Center started to ring.

Fall, Timelapse, Central Park

Chris Higgins

Need a dose of tranquility? Watch this three-minute timelapse video shot in New York City's Central Park.

Last Week's Most Popular Stories

Jason English

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

Weekend Links: Learn to Dance

Allison Keene

A Russian man writes about attending an NFL game for the first time, and his take is fantastic. "Sort of a bird derby." * Finally!

Neil Gaiman Waits for His Parents in a Train Station

Chris Higgins

Neil Gaiman can really tell a story. In this fourteen-minute bit for The Moth, he tells the tale of how he waited for his parents at Liverpool Street Station after returning home from Germany.

The Only Math Museum in the U.S. Just Opened

Erin McCarthy

Math has been intimidating and worrying students (and their parents) since humans starting adding and subtracting.

Weekend Links: Photos That Restored Our Faith in Humanity

Allison Keene

We all could use this.

Coverage of the Tragic School Shooting

Jason English

Reuters/Landov Our sister site The Week has live updates on the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. We'll be back over the weekend. I'm heading home early to hug my

5 Things You Didn't Know About "The 12 Days of Christmas"

The Week

by Scott Meslow With only 12 days left 'til Christmas, we're in the heart of caroling season — and few songs would seem more appropriate than "The Twelve Days of Christmas."

What's Your Favorite Pet Name Ever?

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.

Tear Out This Line: How Reagan’s Most Famous Words Almost Got Silenced

Matt Soniak

Wikimedia Commons “Behind me stands a wall that encircles the free sectors of this city, part of a vast system of barriers that divides the entire continent of Europe.” It was June 1987.

Miss Cellania’s Top 20 Weird News Stories of 2012

Miss Cellania

One of the ways we celebrate the end of the work week here at mental_floss is to round up the oddest news stories for The Weird Week in Review.

What Does SOS Stand For?

Matt Soniak

A lot of people think that the distress signal is an abbreviation for “save our souls” or “save our ship.” But in reality, "save our souls" and "save our ship" are backronyms, and

Why Does Santa Give Coal to Bad Kids?

Matt Soniak

Obviously, because they’ve been naughty, and not nice.