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The Depressing Stories Behind 20 Vintage Child Labor Pictures

Jill Harness

Child labor has never been a particularly pretty part of society, but during the industrial revolution, the practice became even uglier than its earlier incarnations.

Starry Nights, as Seen from the International Space Station

Chris Higgins

Some of us have been fortunate to see a truly starry night -- away from light pollution in cities, you can see quite a lot. But when you're in space you can see even more.

Brain Game: Math Square #114

Now that the second season of The Walking Dead is complete, you can focus on a new Monday Math Square for today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game.

Morning Cup of Links: Jump Rope POV

Miss Cellania

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales allegedly murdered 16 Afghan citizens and damaged the hope for cooperation between our countries.

Last Week's Most Popular Stories

Jason English

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

7 Ways to Divorce-Proof Your Marriage (Statistically Speaking)

Kathy Benjamin

While these certainly aren't guaranteed (please don’t cite us in your divorce petition), here are some things science says will make you less likely to get

World War I Centennial: Gathering the Fleets

Erik Sass

Installment #9: “We cannot conceal from ourselves the fact that we live in an age of incipient violence and strong and deep-seated unrest,” Winston Churchill warned the British House of Commons in a d

Why Are There Gideon Bibles in Hotel Rooms?

Matt Soniak

© William Whitehurst/CorbisBecause the Gideons put them there!

Weekend Links: Aerial Photos of the World's Busiest Airport

Allison Keene

I'm almost positive I have posted this link before, but you should be watching it more than once!

The Muppets Attempt to Sing "Danny Boy"

Chris Higgins

In this short video, the three least articulate Muppets share their brilliant, touching interpretation of "Danny Boy." Not a dry eye in the house: See also: Muppets Singing Classic

Weekend Links: The Least Helpful Things Found in Textbooks

Allison Keene

It was a favored pastime of mine, and I'm sure most of you, to ridicule the absurd drawings and bizarre quotes from school textbooks.

The Late Movies: St. Patrick's Day

Miss Cellania

Saturday is St. Patrick's Day, so here's a collection of videos that may tangentially have something to do with St. Patrick, the holiday, or Ireland. How to Celebrate St.

"Luck of the Irish" is an Old Mining Expression

Angela Tung

"It carried with it a certain tone of derision."


David K. Israel

Ending my SXSW coverage this week with a little write up of a _flossy product called FoundIt!

Let's Say You Had to Write a Memoir About One of Your Jobs

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.