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Martin Van Buren Had a Really Nice Toilet

Brian Abrams

It's December 5th, and we all know what that means: The time has come, once again, to celebrate Martin Van Buren's birthday. In commemoration of the eighth U.S.

6 Weird Gifts President Obama Has Received

the mag

By Lucas

RIP Dave Brubeck: 5 Things You Might Not Know About the Jazz Legend

Ethan Trex

Legendary jazz musician Dave Brubeck passed away this morning in Connecticut, one day short of his 92nd birthday.

Why Are Flea Markets Called That?

Matt Soniak

Jason emailed to ask about the origins of this term (you can send me questions, too, at askmatt@mentalfloss.com).

Brain Game: Yank!

I'm having a back tooth in my jaw pulled this morning (ouch!), and trips to the dentist have never been fun for me.

Morning Cup of Links: Creepy Christmas

Miss Cellania

Be careful what you ask for, especially on the internet.

12 of Stephen Fry's Wise, Witty Quotations

Chris Higgins

Stephen Fry is an actor, writer, poet, TV host, narrator, and for all I know a terrific cook -- the man is so prolific he has a Wikipedia page devoted simply to listing his works.

The Late Movies: In Honor of a New Prince (or Princess), Six "Purple Rain" Covers

Erica Palan

In case you've been living on Mars, in a cave, with your fingers in your ears, let me clue you in to the biggest news of the week: Prince William and his royal lady Kate are expecting a baby!

The Matchstick Model Monastery 16 Years In The Making

Jill Harness

Can you remember what kind of work or school projects you were working on nearly 16 years ago?

The Tiny Transforming Robot That Can Turn Itself Into (Almost) Anything

The Week

By Chris

Music History #13: "Midnight Rambler"

Bill DeMain

“Midnight Rambler” Written by Mick Jagger & Keith Richards (1969) Performed by The Rolling Stones The

The Missing Links: The Pope's Pink Slips

Colin Patrick

Now THAT’S Body Art Probably not the weirdest thing ever purchased at a thrift store, though. * The Bravery That Built the Big Apple Check out these shots of men that took their lives into th

One Does Not Simply Unicycle into Mordor

Chris Higgins

For your daily dose of geekiness, I bring you The Unipiper (yes, a unicycling bagpiper), practicing his unique brand of performance art in anticipation of the upcoming movie adaptation of The Hobbit.

Cheap, Sustainable Bricks Made from Cow Blood

Matt Soniak

Image courtesy Sanguis et Pulvis You can’t get blood from a stone, but you might get a brick from blood. In his final semester at the University of Westminster in London, architecture student Ja

If Kate Has Twins, Which One Will Assume the Throne?

Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

Britons woke up yesterday morning to gleeful headlines declaring that the former Kate Middleton, Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, is pregnant.