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The Weird Nicknames of 7 Spy Agency Headquarters

David W Brown

Because being a secret agent isn’t cool enough, spymasters tend to build elaborate headquarters buildings with really great nicknames.

12 Proposed U.S. States That Didn't Make the Cut

M Asher Cantrell

The road to 50 states was littered with wannabes who couldn't wait to declare themselves—but never quite got to full statehood.

Brain Game: The Problem of the Two Cars

Today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Think Thursday is a classic puzzle included in Robert Tocquet's 1957 book The Magic of Numbers (2+2=4).

Morning Cup of Links: Slave Ants

Miss Cellania

The Three Biggest Lies About College Admission. They may have been valid rules in the past, but the college game has changed a lot in the past few years.

The Nazis Were on to Continental Drift Before Everyone Else

Matt Soniak

Wikimedia Commons “The dream of a great poet.” “A fairy tale.” “Delirious ravings.” “Moving crust disease and wandering pole plague.” “Germanic pseudoscience.” In the early 20th cent

A Brief History of Challenge Coins

Rob Lammle

There are many examples of traditions that build camaraderie in the military, but few are as well-respected as the practice of carrying a challenge coin—a small medallion or token that signifies a per

12 Beloved Children's Authors Who Also Wrote for Grown-Ups

Adrienne Crezo

You've probably heard by now that Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has a new book releasing this week, and it is definitely not for children.

The Missing Links: Horrible Things That Make You Happy

Colin Patrick

Looking at Einstein’s Brain: There’s An App For That? Yes, yes there is. * Charles Manson Just Doesn’t Make As Much Sense As You’d Think And that’s certainly saying something.

Why Are Bottles of Champagne Smashed On New Ships?

Matt Soniak

Before a ship slides from its berth into the water, it must first get hit on—by a bottle of booze, usually champagne. Here’s the lowdown on the history and physics of smashing some bubbly and launchin

Why Does a Laptop Need Its Own Bin at Airport Security?

Erin McCarthy

Taking your laptop out of your bag is the second most annoying thing travelers have to do at airport security (number one, of course, is being forced to remove your shoes and put your bare feet on the

Brain Game: Digging Clams

Here's hoping you'll dig today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Wednesday Wordplay challenge: By changing one letter in each step to form English words, and leaving all other letters in

Morning Cup of Links: Oscar Bait

Miss Cellania

The 23 Most Important Lessons Learned During Your Childhood. Illustrated with images from TV, which is where they are learned. * The Most Controversial Game Endings in Sports.

Violent Video Games May Increase Your Pain Tolerance

Jill Harness

Worried you might be tortured and interrogated soon, but don't want to break down too quickly?

There's a First World. There's a Third World. Is There a Second World?

Matt Soniak

We often hear about the plights of the Third World, and most of us have our share of First World problems. But is there something in between—a Second World?

The Late Movies: National Anthems at Fenway Park

Erica Palan

On this day in 1911, ground was broken for Fenway Park. Though there have since been attempts to update and move the park, fans feel strongly about the storied baseball stadium.