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Words You Coined for Everyday Objects

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.

The Missing Links: Kennedy's Secret Shelter

Colin Patrick

2012 In Review: Mashable’s Best It’s begun already. This is a good one though.

Bubble Wrap Was Originally Supposed to be Wallpaper

Daven Hiskey

In 1957, engineer Al Fielding and Swiss inventor Marc Chavannes were trying to create a textured wallpaper.

Our New Game, JaLink, Now In The mental_floss Store!

Erin McCarthy

The holiday season is almost upon us, and you're probably looking for something to amuse yourself—and many visiting relatives—in the days ahead.

More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About the Sleeping Patterns of Hummingbirds

Jessica Hullinger

There are some topics you probably never thought you'd be interested in, including the nocturnal habits of hummingbirds.

Alton Brown + MythBusters = Awesome TV

Erin McCarthy

This Sunday, our food columnist, Alton Brown (have you tried any of his recipes?) and the MythBusters (check out their picks for the craziest myths they've tackled) are teaming up for an episode

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

Counterfeiter Used Wrong President Dana Leland of Central Falls, Rhode Island, was arrested in Massachusetts for trying to pass counterfeit $100 bills at a Target store.

Why Do Our Ears Pop When We Ride In Airplanes?

Sean Hutchinson

You’re sitting on a plane destined for a far off place, sandwiched between two people, and you're doing your best to sit back and get comfortable.

10 Twinkie Talking Points

Stacy Conradt

It's a sad day for Twinkie enthusiasts. Hostess Brands announced that it's asking a federal bankruptcy court for permission to shut down operations.

Brain Game: Hollywood and Ice

You may have to look in both two and three dimensions to solve today's  mentalfloss.com Brain Game Free-for-all Friday challenge.

Morning Cup of Links: Holiday Prep

Miss Cellania

The 17 Best Thanksgiving Moments From TV And Movies. Just the thing to get you into the proper holiday spirit. * Reporting news on TV can be dangerous.

The Late Movies: Guess The Theme 76

Mark Arminio

It's Thursday, it's late, it's time once again for the game that's sweeping the nation: GUESS THE THEME! All the clips below have something in common.

The Russians Didn't Just Use Pencils in Space

Chris Higgins

A longstanding urban legend goes like this: During the space race of the 1960s, NASA spent millions developing a fancy "space pen" that could be used in zero gravity ...

Brazil Has a Plan to Clone Endangered Animals

The Week

Cloning a dinosaur might be a doomed pursuit (much to the dismay of a generation raised on Jurassic Park fantasies), but biologists at Brazil's Brasilia Zoo want to use genetic information from e

The Missing Links: Answering the Tough Turkey Questions

Colin Patrick

To Be A Fly On the Wall Chevy hanging with Belushi. Pee-wee and Rodney kicking it. Woody and Larry chatting. Carlin and Marx clowning around. Poehler, Arnett and Sedaris laughing.