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Where Are They Now? Diseases That Killed You in Oregon Trail

Laura Turner Garrison

You have died of dysentery.

New Dates Added for Our Trivia Show!

Jason English

The mental_floss Trivia Show is coming to New York, Chicago, and San Francisco!

The Missing Links: The Worst Waiter of All Time

Colin Patrick

38 Bleak Photos of Abandoned Shopping Malls

Rebecca OConnell

What was once one of America's biggest malls is being overtaken by nature.

More People Live Inside This Circle Than Outside It

Alvin Ward

18 Fancy Words for Specific Shapes

Arika Okrent

Circle, square, triangle—boring! There are so many more shapes than those in nature. Good thing there’s a rich vocabulary of fancy scientific words for shapes.

Kickstart "Reading Rainbow"

Chris Higgins

Why Does Bacon Smell So Good?

Erin McCarthy

It is an immutable fact that nothing will get a person's mouth watering like the smell of bacon cooking.

The History of the Hamburger

Judith B Herman

Happy National Hamburger Day!

Turn Down, California [Sponsored]

Will Wild Mice Use Running Wheels?

Erin McCarthy

Scientists and animal rights activists have long wondered if wheel running was a neurotic behavior exclusive to captive mice.

Maya Angelou Reads "And Still I Rise"

Nick Greene

The author and poet has died at the age of 86.

That Time America Attacked the British Isles

Matt Soniak

We usually think of the American Revolutionary War as being fought strictly in North America, but naval battles were also fought in European waters by both American forces and by their French and Span

5 Questions: "Dum"my Up

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The Stories Behind All 50 State Quarters

Hannah Keyser

Here's how each state decided what to put on its commemorative quarter.