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4 Animals That Change in Captivity

Jill Harness

Put a wild animal in a cage, and it’s bound to act differently. Zoologists and vets have many strategies to help an animal get settled and normalize its behavior in captivity.

Music History #11: "The Ballad of Ira Hayes"

Bill DeMain

“The Ballad of Ira Hayes” Written by Pete La Farge (1963) Performed by Johnny Cash The Music Folk singer and songwriter Peter La Farge packed a lot into his thirty-four years on Earth.

Friday Happy Hour: Could A TV Show Written Entirely By Fans Work?

Brett Savage

Jason's out this week, so we called in a worthy substitute to whip up this week's Friday Happy Hour. Below is a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments.

The Missing Links: Life at the Fair

Colin Patrick

LIFE at the Fair Check out these shots from their photo gallery of shots taken at a 1930s fair, a collection that includes this baffling shot of chimps in little cars. * Will Ferrell.

8 Celebrity Tactics For Responding to Fan Mail

Colin Patrick

In the days before the Internet, writing a letter to a celebrity and sending it out via snail mail was almost a rite of passage. Nearly everyone did it.

Boo-reaucrats: 8 Presidential Families—And Pets!—Dressed Up for Halloween

Amanda Green

Politicians have to dress the part.

Paul Erd?s, the Amphetamine-Popping Genius

Chris Higgins

Paul Erd?s was a mathematician.

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

Couple Sold Pot for a Good Cause Michael Foster and Susan Cooper, both in their 60s, of Long Sutton, Lincolnshire, England, were arrested for running a marijuana-growing operation that netted an esti

Why Is Cranberry Juice Good For UTIs?

Matt Soniak

A mental_floss staffer who shall remain nameless asks, “Why is cranberry juice good for treating UTIs?

Brain Game: The Upside-Down Mirror

If you know the English alphabet and can visualize a bit (or stand on your head), you can solve today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Free-for-all Friday challenge.

Morning Cup of Links: Mythbusters Mayhem

Miss Cellania

First, there's the list of the highest-paid actors of the year.

The 25 Most Powerful TV Shows of the Last 25 Years

the mag

TV doesn’t get much respect. It rots your brain and grows couch potatoes. But the so-called idiot box also swings elections, rewires brains, snares criminals, and even sways the Supreme Court.

World War I Centennial: Bulgaria, Serbia, Greece Declare War

Erik Sass

Installment #40: Ten days after Montenegro declared war on the Ottoman Empire, the rest of the Balkan League piled on, with simultaneous declarations of war by Bulgaria, Serbia, and Greece, which ulti

The Late Movies: Guess The Theme 73

Mark Arminio

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

13 Disturbing News Stories You Probably Missed

M Asher Cantrell

One of the biggest news stories of 2012 has been the so-called Miami Zombie attack, where one man—theorized to be on bath salts—attacked a homeless man and gnawed on his face.