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How Do We Break a Presidential Election Tie?

Chris Higgins

Storm-related news aside, here's an interesting question about next week's US election: What happens if there's a tie? Within the Electoral College, there are 538 electors.

Why Do Dogs Kick Their Legs When You Scratch Their Bellies?

Matt Soniak

Every dog seems to have one—that special spot on his belly or flank that, when scratched, sends his back leg kicking like crazy.

Brain Game: Two Letters, No Stamps

We've been all about the alphabet in our recent Tuesday Test Time challenges. This time around, you need rattle off just two letters to solve today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game.

Morning Cup of Links: Anakin's Bag

Miss Cellania

A timeline of real-time updates on hurricane Sandy and what it's doing to the U.S. Atlantic coast.

The Late Movies: Children's Book Trailers

Andréa Fernandes

Last month, I shared 10 wonderful book trailers.

Why You Always Get Your Bills, Even After A Natural Disaster

Kara Kovalchik

When disaster hits, it destroys whatever is in its path, whether it's a private residence or a major bank that contains hundreds of thousands of financial records.

13 Vintage Photos of Hurricanes and Their Aftermath

Erin McCarthy

As Hurricane Sandy makes landfall on the East Coast, here's a look back at other dramatic hurricanes in American history.

How Do Hurricanes Get Their Names?

Matt Soniak

As Hurricane Sandy pounds the East Coast, here's a Big Question from the mental_floss

The Missing Links: T.Hanks A Lot

Colin Patrick


The 10 Most Beautiful Libraries in the United States

Jill Harness

We already looked at libraries in all the major continents, but there were so many great ones in the United States that the article featuring libraries in North America had to leave many beautiful bui

Last Week's Most Popular Stories

Jason English

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

The History And Impact Of The Red Cross

Jill Harness

In honor of the founding of the Red Cross on October 29, 1863, here's a closer look at the organization, how it works, and its greatest triumphs. How It

Kryptos: The CIA Cipher Hiding in Plain Sight

Chris Higgins

Kryptos photo via Wikimedia Commons Kryptos is an encrypted sculpture installed at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia.

The Last 'Frankenstorm': Video of the 1938 Nor'easter That Ravaged New England

The Week

Hurricane Sandy is making its presence known across the Eastern Seaboard, with powerful winds beginning to lash the coast and rain starting to pour down from North Carolina to New York.

Do People Really Walk in Circles When They’re Lost?

Matt Soniak

It’s a reliable movie trope: Our heroes are lost in the woods, and in their valiant effort to make a beeline out of the forest or back to camp or civilization, they inevitably get turned around and wi