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Is Puerto Rico on the Verge of Becoming the 51st State?

The Week

In the midst of Tuesday's mad rush of election news from all 50 states, one contest was largely lost in the shuffle: Puerto Rico's referendum on statehood, which could potentially make the C

The Missing Links: Pay Up, Will Ferrell

Colin Patrick

Time to Pay the Piper, Will Ferrell A crafty Imgur user has decided to call in his just reward from Will Ferrell, who made a series of lofty promises last week. As a citizen of the net, I think it

Why Are Winter Storms Suddenly Getting Named?

Erin McCarthy

Don’t be surprised if you hear a meteorologist refer to the nor'easter that’s about to hit the East Coast as “Athena.” They’re just following the example of The Weather Channel, which recently an

When Victoria's Secret Rescued the National Guard

Andréa Fernandes

Photo of the 69th Infantry Regiment's armory in New York City by Wikimedia user Dmadeo, edited by user AndreasPraefcke. When SuperStorm Sandy hit New York City last week, the Army National Gua

Understanding the Monty Hall Problem

Chris Higgins

The Monty Hall problem is a logic puzzle named for the host of the gameshow Let's Make a Deal.

Music History #12: "Vagabond Ways"

Bill DeMain

“Vagabond Ways” Written by Marianne Faithfull and David Courts (1999) Performed by Marianne Faithfull The

5 Election Day Superstitions

Adam Raymond

Just like athletes before a big game, politicians and their camps often have superstitions leading up to big elections. 1. Obama Shoots

Where Did The Idea Of "Red States" and "Blue States" Come From?

Erin McCarthy

Wikimedia CommonsThat’s all, folks: The 2012 election is finally over.

Brain Game: Boxes, Boxes Everywhere

Mentalfloss.com Brain Game regulars know that your humble research editors have been going through the harrowing process of moving into a new home, a feat which has involved us transporting not only o

Morning Cup of Links: We Voted!

Andréa Fernandes

Miss Cellania is on vacation, so I’ll be filling in this week. Enjoy! No "I Voted" stickers at your polling place?

The First (and Last) Serious Challenge to the Electoral College System

Adrienne Crezo

No election cycle would be complete without a debate over whether the Electoral College should be abolished.

The Late Movies: 6 Controversial Campaign Songs

Erica Palan

Even if you're not living in the United States of America right now, it's hard to ignore that it's Election Night.

Our 5 Most Popular Quizzes From the 2012 Presidential Campaign

Jason English

The Missing Links: The Election As A Graphic Novel

Colin Patrick

Susan B. Anthony Voted 140 Years and 1 Day Ago And after she did so, she was arrested. Go vote. * Second Place Is First Loser How do you get over losing a Presidential election?

How Curiosity Snapped Its Incredible Self-Portrait

Erin McCarthy

Photo Courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems On October 31, the Mars Curiosity Rover indulged in a tradition honored by party people everywhere: the self-snapped photo, which the