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How the American Museum of Natural History is Restoring its Dioramas

Erin McCarthy

Founded in 1869, the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York City is home to some of the most beautiful—and most accurate—dioramas in the world.

Are Carrots Really That Good For Your Eyes?

Matt Soniak

When I was a kid, my parents often tried to sell me on the idea that carrots were good for my eyes—and if I wanted to avoid vision correction in the future, I would eat them now.

Perk Up: It's International Coffee Day!

Adrienne Crezo

Look sharp, java monsters. It's joe's big day!

Weekend Links: The Story of a Minor League Lifer

Allison Keene

Fascinating migration data within the United States -- you can see where people are coming from or moving to county by county.

The Late Movies: Autumn

Miss Cellania

We've about completed the first week of autumn, and it's been wonderful so far.

Why Do We Have Fingerprints?

Matt Soniak

Though fingerprints are handy for identifying perps, biologically, scientists still aren't quite sure what our fingerprints are for.

The Missing Links: GPS Candy Bars

Colin Patrick

How Do You Save A Bunch of Superheroes? Find out who rescued Marvel Comics. * What Happened to Good Old Golden Tickets? When we start putting GPS devices in our candy bars, I think we’ve gone

27 Cowboy Slang Terms for Things You Eat and Drink

Adrienne Crezo

If your bread wallet is empty and you need to line the flue, knight the ribbons and mosey to a beanery.

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

Toddler Steals Keys and Car A four-year-old boy in Gärsnäs, southern Sweden, sneaked into his mother's jacket pocket as she slept, stole her car keys, and went for a joyride.

Space Madness: The Psychosis That Never Happened

Matt Soniak

From Star Trek to Ren and Stimpy to Van Der Graaf Generator’s “Pioneers Over C,” pop culture and fiction are filled with men, women, and animals who have gone excitedly beyond the bounds of the Earth

What Sequels Improved on the Original?

Jason English

On Fridays, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else's reply, whatever you want.

7 Politicians Who Appeared on Game Shows

Stacy Conradt

As we’ve been seeing lately, everything politicians have done since birth ends up being in the news—especially during election time.

Brain Game: Meet Joe

Say hello to Joe, whose likes and dislikes will help you solve today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Free-for-all Friday challenge.

Morning Cup of Links: Common Chimeras

Miss Cellania

Students graduate from college and suddenly confront crushing debt. One professor proposes that they stop paying them. * The Three Stooges’ 15 Greatest Sports Moments.

Why Are First-Year Students Called Freshmen?

Kara Kovalchik

Image credit: Duke.eduThere was a time when almost every university student was a sophomore.  Well, a sophister, to be exact, but that’s where the word “sophomore” originated.