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Jason English

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

How We Make Pencils

Chris Higgins

The familiar No. 2 pencil is a seemingly simple object, but it's actually an exceedingly complex thing to make.

Alton Brown's Green Bean Casserole

Alton Brown

Our resident food expert dives into the relatively recent birth of green bean

Weekend Links: The 100 Best Films of World Cinema

Allison Keene

Fascinating read on the concepts of breakfast, lunch and dinner. Have we always eaten them? * On Twitter this was tagged "Prepare to have your mind blown," and I didn't believe it.

What is Martial Law?

Nicholas Ferroni

After the tri-state area was devastated by Hurricane Sandy, food, gas, and power were in high demand but short supply.

17 Other Memorable Presidential Photographs

Jason English

This White House photo of President Obama doing the "not impressed" look with Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney is zooming around the Internet this morning.

Weekend Links: The James Bond Super-Movie

Allison Keene

According to Slate, the greatest American screenplay was written in 1978. But the movie still hasn’t been made.

Powder Can Capture the Fluidity of Dance

Jill Harness

One of the most difficult things about photographing dancers is managing to capture the beauty of the movements and the flow of the dance itself in a still image.

The Late Movies: Turkey 'Toons

Miss Cellania

We get a little obsessed with turkeys around this time of year. Myself, I can't wait for a good leftover turkey sandwich! Here are some cartoons centered about the bird for your entertainment.

Beyond the Twinkie: 5 Other Hostess Products We're Losing

Kara Kovalchik

The corporate future of Hostess Brands is hanging by a mere thread, and the Internet is all a-Twitter with Twinkie talk. But there’s more than just a golden snack cake at risk here.

Words You Coined for Everyday Objects

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.

The Missing Links: Kennedy's Secret Shelter

Colin Patrick

2012 In Review: Mashable’s Best It’s begun already. This is a good one though.

Bubble Wrap Was Originally Supposed to be Wallpaper

Daven Hiskey

In 1957, engineer Al Fielding and Swiss inventor Marc Chavannes were trying to create a textured wallpaper.

Our New Game, JaLink, Now In The mental_floss Store!

Erin McCarthy

The holiday season is almost upon us, and you're probably looking for something to amuse yourself—and many visiting relatives—in the days ahead.

More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About the Sleeping Patterns of Hummingbirds

Jessica Hullinger

There are some topics you probably never thought you'd be interested in, including the nocturnal habits of hummingbirds.