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The Late Movies: All That Jazz

Erica Palan

6 Words English Got From Hindi

Judith B Herman

During the British Raj, or dominion over India (1757-1947), English gained a number of words from Hindi and other Indian languages.

Music History #19: "Ruby's Shoes"

Bill DeMain

When singer-songwriter Lori McKenna’s son was in second grade, he did a book report on Ruby Bridges, the African-American elementary school student who famously crossed the desegregation lines in 1960

The Missing Links: The Story of Sriracha

Colin Patrick

Sailor Chic: How Peacoats Came to Be

Roma Panganiban

These days, you don’t have to be in the Navy to look like you belong on the open sea.

How NYC's Street Signs are Made

Chris Higgins

9 Delightful Garden Cakes

Miss Cellania

13 Really Creepy Movie Locations

Jenni Miller

Some movie-makers make the extra effort to find a spooky location to go with a nightmarish tale. Although not all of these places are haunted, they look like they could be!

Brain Game: Win a Book!

Sandy Wood

Happy T-Shirt Tuesday!

Erin McCarthy

The Late Movies: "Skyfall" Covers

Bryan Dugan

5 Ridiculously Expensive Restaurant Menu Items

The Week

Starbucks may hold the unofficial record for world's most expensive cup of coffee, but it is fortunes away from being the most expensive food or drink item on a menu.

Project Peacock: How the British Wanted to Heat WWII Mines

Dan Lewis

Dan Lewis runs the popular daily newsletter Now I Know ("Learn Something New Every Day, By Email"). We've invited him to share some of his stories on mental_floss this week.

The Missing Links: A History of Movie Popcorn

Colin Patrick

Black Cat Bones, Crocodile Dung, and Coca-Cola: 9 Fascinating Historic Methods of Contraception

Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

This might not be the time for the birds and the bees talk, but sometimes, when a man and a woman love each other, they have sex—but they don’t always do it to make a baby.