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10 Star-Spangled Facts About the Musical '1776'

Mark Mancini

The winner of three Tony Awards (including Best Musical), 1776 might be the most improbable hit in Broadway history.

Meet the Woman Who Discovered Bob Ross

Caitlin Schneider

The story of how Annette Kowalski and Bob Ross met, founded a worldwide company, and made a surprising star of the mild-mannered painter.

The Grammar Battle That Followed the American Revolution

Arika Okrent

Dogs Chasing Bubbles and Winning

Chris Higgins

Bubbles are like tennis balls, except they float, cannot be fetched, and are nearly infinite.

15 Things You Didn't Know About 'DuckTales'

Stacy Conradt

Without the adventures of Scrooge and the boys, Indiana Jones may not have existed.

A History of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero

Rob Lammle

Daytime Fireworks!

Chris Higgins

Not all fireworks shows happen at night.

24 Unexpected Things You'll Find on Cruise Ships

Alvin Ward

In this week's episode of mental_floss on YouTube, John Green breaks down the weirdest things you'll find on cruise ships.

Why Are The Best Competitive Eaters So Skinny?

Matt Soniak

Mostly so they don't die.

The Tiny Town That’s Home to America’s Oldest July 4th Celebration

Amy Plitt

Bristol, Rhode Island covers only about 10 miles of the country's terrain, but it's home to America's most storied Independence Day celebrations.

3 Great Moments in Presidential Debt

the mag

Properly managing one’s finances seems like it should be a prerequisite for running a country. But these U.S. leaders could have used more dead presidents in their wallets.

WWI Centennial: Terror Attacks on U.S. Capitol, J.P. Morgan

Erik Sass

The First World War was an unprecedented catastrophe that shaped our modern world. Erik Sass is covering the events of the war exactly 100 years after they happened.

10 Bony Facts About Amargasaurus

Mark Mancini

Amagarasaurus' neck has been baffling scientists for decades.

The Names of 10 Fireworks Effects

Stacy Conradt

Try to spot them this Fourth of July.

A Super Simple Hack for Falling Asleep Faster

Hannah Keyser

Sticking one foot outside the covers could help you fall asleep faster.