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Happy Alaska Day (and an Alaska Fact You Never Thought You’d Hear)

Matt Soniak

Today is Alaska Day, the anniversary of the formal transfer of the Territory of Alaska from Russia to the United States.

Why Is Abruptly Quitting Something Called "Going Cold Turkey"?

Matt Soniak

Around this time of year, we’re all loosening our belts and getting ready to gorge ourselves on hot, gravy-laden turkey.

Brain Game: Heartstrings

Today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Think Thursday challenge is an open-ended question with no set answer. We haven't done one like this for a while, so it's time.

Morning Cup of Links: Vampires, Werewolves, and Pelicans

Miss Cellania

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Vampires. Like, eating garlic isn't your only defense against them, just the tastiest. * The Gregory Brothers know how to make a political debate entertaining.

The Late Movies: These Tetris Videos Will Stress You Out

Chris Higgins

How Ladybugs Fly

Chris Higgins

Sometimes, a video comes along that answers a question I didn't know I had: How does a ladybug fly if it doesn't have visible wings? It doesn't just flap its shell around.

13 Scientific Terms You Might Be Using Wrong

Erin McCarthy

11 Mundane Objects That Are Statistically Deadlier Than Sharks

Mark Mancini

11 Common Words You're Probably Mispronouncing

Amanda Green

12 Hidden Celebrity Cameos in Movies

Rudie Obias

11 Smells That Are Slowly Disappearing

Kara Kovalchik

Music History #10: "Biko"

Bill DeMain

“Biko” Written and performed by Peter Gabriel

The Missing Links: Inside the Antiques Roadshow

Colin Patrick

Star In Your Very Own Political Ad PBS has put together this nifty site that allows you to craft an ad for your very own campaign.

Smooth Operator: How Victor Lustig Sold The Eiffel Tower

Bill DeMain

In May 1925, an article appeared in a Paris newspaper about the decaying condition of the Eiffel Tower.

50 Prison Slang Words To Make You Sound Like a Tough Guy

Matt Soniak

We’ve been just a little bit obsessed with old timey and subcultural slang here at the Floss as of late, and today we’re going to mine one of the richest sources for weird slang and code-talk: crimina