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Why Our Calendars Skipped 11 Days in 1752

Chris Stokel-Walker

Six and a half million Britons went to bed on September 2, 1752, and woke up on September 14. The reason? The Calendar (New Style) Act of 1750, of course.

Why You Shouldn't Leave Your Dog in the Car

Chris Higgins

To show you just how hot it gets, Dr. Ernie Ward closes himself into a parked car for 30 minutes. He even cracks all the windows.

What Are the Chances There's Actually a Doctor in the House?

Matt Soniak

There's usually a doctor around in the movies, and they save the day. But what about in real life?

Our 25 Most Popular Stories of 2013 (So Far)

Jason English

Now that we've passed the halfway point of 2013, let’s look back at the most popular stories on mentalfloss.com from the last six months.

At the Libraries: Getting Rid of Old Book Smell

Miss Kathleen

The Late Movies: Guess The Theme 108

Mark Arminio

When John Adams Predicted the Wrong Independence Day

Erik van Rheenen

When John Adams penned a letter to future First Lady Abigail Adams on July 3, 1776, he guessed how future generations of Americans would celebrate Independence Day with remarkable accuracy.

The Missing Links: Taking Pictures That Sparkle

Colin Patrick

The Last Words and Final Moments of 38 Presidents

Stacy Conradt

Some are eloquent quotes worthy of the holders of the highest office in the nation, and others... aren’t.

9 Tracks With Facts: An Independence Day Playlist

Jamie Spatola

Your guests will delight in these on-theme American classics; you will delight in delivering to them bits of musical Americana, one song at a time.

The Curious Comedian with Amir Blumenfeld: All About Fireworks

the mag Amir Blumenfeld

Ask the right questions about fireworks, and your Fourth of July is sure to pop!

9 Ways to Celebrate Independence Day Like a POTUS

Stacy Conradt

Fireworks. Barbeques. Trips to the ER. Sick of doing the same old thing every Fourth of July? Abandon the same old-same old and celebrate like our presidents do. Here’s how.

How Did the Liberty Bell Get Cracked?

Erik van Rheenen

Chalk the Philly landmark’s famous blemish up to faulty building materials from across the pond.

18 Vintage Photos of People Celebrating Independence Day

Erin McCarthy

Happy Fourth of July!

The Late Movies: Jim Morrison, Gone for 42 Years

Chris Higgins