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The Mobile Phone Throwing World Championships Were Yesterday

Julia Davis

The World Mobile Phone Throwing Championship took place yesterday in the small town of Savonlinna, Finland.

How Ben Franklin Became a Colonel in the Pennsylvania Militia

Matt Soniak

Franklin statue image via Shutterstock In the 1750s and 60s, Great Britain and France waged war in North America for colonial domination of the continent.

Last Week's Most Popular Stories

Jason English

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

What Is an "October Surprise"?

Ethan Trex

An October surprise is any bit of news that breaks right before an election that has the capability to help determine the outcome of the race.

Jon Ronson's "Psychopath Test"

Chris Higgins

In this decidedly spooky TED Talk, Jon Ronson explains his journey to understand mental illness, which brought him to a prison for the criminally insane to interview a very sanely-dressed possible psy

Weekend Links: How to Read a Victorian Novel

Allison Keene

Sadly I don't read as many books as I used to. I grew up an incorrigible bookworm, but so much time now is taken up with TV and internet (forsooth!).

Permission to Sin: Why The 7 Deadlies Aren't So Terrible After All

Judy Dutton

Scientists have found that the seven deadly sins aren't all bad. Consider this your official permission to give in to

World War I Centennial: France Tells Russia England Will Fight Germany

Erik Sass

Installment #31: After the Russian and French general staffs met in Paris in July 1912, French Prime Minister Raymond Poincaré (above, at right) followed up with a trip of his own to St.

The Late Movies: Oh, Those Clever Octopi

Andréa Fernandes

Octopi are pretty clever creatures with a whole wealth of skills; some people believe their intelligence levels are on par with those of cats and dogs.

The Missing Links: The Anthropology of Comedy

Colin Patrick

It’s Casual Dress Friday It’s Friday, so you may be at your office right now wearing jeans. If so, your office is one of many with a relaxed end-of-week dress code.

16 Old-Timey Slang Terms to Describe Being Drunk

Jason English

As I continue flipping through my copy of the Dictionary of American Slang (1967), it seems like every page has a new term for "drunk." We've discussed "on a toot" (a drunken

Rest in Peace, Baby Beluga

Lucas Reilly

The whale that sparked decades of elementary school sing-alongs has swum to the big ocean in the sky.

If You'd Been Born 50 Years Earlier, Where Would You Have Worked?

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.

24 Library-Centric Sites We Love

Miss Kathleen

Each week I provide links to stories about libraries, authors, and books. Today we're going to do something different!

Crime Doesn't Pay (Well): The Economics of Bank Robberies

Matt Soniak

Hollywood always makes bank robberies look so easy (with some notable exceptions).