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"Death and the Civil War" - Tonight on PBS

Chris Higgins

Tonight on the PBS series American Experience, Ric Burns brings us Death and the Civil War, a bleak and wrenching documentary about the 750,000 people who died in the American Civil War.

A Fresh Dozen Niche Blogs

Miss Cellania

When I notice there's quite a few of something interesting on the internet, I make a list of them and post it here.

Brain Game: King Me!

October brings with it an exciting presidential event here at mentalfloss.com. More on that soon.

Morning Cup of Links: Popcorn in Your Mouth

Miss Cellania

CIA operatives got into Tehran and rescued six of the Americans held hostage in 1979.

The Late Movies: Erupting Volcanoes

Andréa Fernandes

On this date 6 years ago, Alaska's Fourpeaked Mountain erupted (at left), its first eruption in at least 10,000 years.

5 Infamous Female Spies

Floss books

Behind every good war are many good women. Using their feminine (and in at least one case masculine) wiles, the following five spies would make James Bond proud. 1. Mata

The Missing Links: Super Creepy Ventriloquist Dummies

Colin Patrick

Honest Abe On the Big Screen The trailer for Steven Spielberg’s new film Lincoln is out and it looks great.

Here's Your Jetpack

Chris Higgins

Jetpacks have long been a staple of American futurism: we believe that soon, just down the line a bit, we'll be able to strap on a jet-powered backpack and fly to work.

Brain Game: Math Square #138

Here's this season's final Monday Math Square challenge at the mentalfloss.com Brain Game.

Morning Cup of Links: Happy Rosh Hashanah!

Miss Cellania

Happy Rosh Hashanah! Let's have some music for the holiday. * With a new Godzilla film on the way, it's time to look back at The Five Worst Godzilla Movies Of All Time.

The 10 Most Engaging Brands on Twitter (and the Completely Self-Serving Reason We Brought It Up)

Jason English

Our Twitter feed was named one of BuzzFeed's 90 Best Twitter Accounts of 2011, and we were #1 on Mashable's list of 25 Twitter Accounts That Will Make You Smarter.

World War I Centennial: Montenegro Pledges War

Erik Sass

Installment #36: In 1912, Bulgaria, Serbia, Montenegro and Greece conspired to attack the Ottoman Empire and divide its European territories; the Balkan League, as their loose alliance was known, came

Weekend Links: Early Movie Concept Art

Allison Keene

When I first saw this photo of blemished inverted solar beauty, I thought "well that's cool ::shrug::" … then I clicked the picture to, as Phil Plait always says, "embiggen" a

The Time Douglas Adams Met Jim Henson

Chris Higgins

"Kermit and Dr.

Last Week's Most Popular Stories

Jason English

In case you weren't obsessively refreshing mentalfloss.com all week, here's what you