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Joseph Kittinger: The First High-Altitude Jumper

Chris Balogh

Wikimedia Commons Next week, “Fearless Felix” Baumgartner will attempt the highest, fastest free fall in history when he leaps out of a capsule 23 miles above Roswell, New Mexico wearing just a pre

The Late Movies: Guess The Theme 72

Mark Arminio

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

The Missing Links: One Billion Friends

Colin Patrick

It Ain’t A Real Event Until the Internet Memes It The Presidential debate gets the lightsabers and bad photoshopping and McKayla Maroney we all knew were coming. * Slurpee. Old Hot Dog.

A Wooden Adding Machine

Chris Higgins

When I want to add two numbers, I use a calculator. Made of metal.

At the Libraries: Rowling Breaks Records

Miss Kathleen

Each week Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books.

7 Legendary Monsters of South America

Miss Cellania

It should be no surprise that a continent with extremely high mountains, extensive waterways, and dense rainforests filled with undiscovered species would have many legends of monsters.

How a Murder Trial Inspired the Modern Radio Format

Kara Kovalchik

Wikimedia Commons In its early days, radio was a medium for live entertainment. The dramas, comedies, and music were all performed in the studio at the time of broadcast.

Does Eating Celery Really Result in Negative Calories?

Matt Soniak

Wikimedia CommonsSnake oil salesmen all over the web would have you believe that, for a few easy payments, they'll reveal to you a diet focused on “negative calorie” foods.

Introducing the mental_floss iPad App!

Mangesh & Jason

We're very excited to announce the launch of the iPad version of mental_floss magazine! The app is free, and if you download it now, you can get the new issue free as well (thanks, Boeing).

Brain Game: The Rare Triple

Good luck with today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Think Thursday challenge: Four Epistles in the New Testament are divided into two books each, but only ONE is divided into THREE different b

Morning Cup of Links: The Croods

Miss Cellania

TV newscaster Jennifer Livingston calls out a bully on air for calling her fat. Then she concisely explains how not only ridiculous but contagious his behavior is.

The Late Movies: Harpo Marx, Harpist

Chris Higgins

Harpo Marx, the "silent" Marx brother, was a phenomenal self-taught harpist -- hence the nickname.

Teddy Roosevelt's Historic Losing Streak Is Over

Scott Allen

After more than 500 losses, Teddy Roosevelt has finally won his first Presidents Race.

Don't Look Down! Messing with Visitors to the Space Needle

Jill Harness

If you were given the opportunity to create a piece of art that people from all over the world would see, what would it be?

6 Remarkable Police Animals

Jill Harness

We’ve seen bookstore cats, animals trained to sniff out bombs and heroic dogs, but now we're here to focus on animals who have served, or are currently serving, their local police departments. 1