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Where Did The Idea Of "Red States" and "Blue States" Come From?

Erin McCarthy

Wikimedia CommonsThat’s all, folks: The 2012 election is finally over.

Brain Game: Boxes, Boxes Everywhere

Mentalfloss.com Brain Game regulars know that your humble research editors have been going through the harrowing process of moving into a new home, a feat which has involved us transporting not only o

Morning Cup of Links: We Voted!

Andréa Fernandes

Miss Cellania is on vacation, so I’ll be filling in this week. Enjoy! No "I Voted" stickers at your polling place?

The First (and Last) Serious Challenge to the Electoral College System

Adrienne Crezo

No election cycle would be complete without a debate over whether the Electoral College should be abolished.

The Late Movies: 6 Controversial Campaign Songs

Erica Palan

Even if you're not living in the United States of America right now, it's hard to ignore that it's Election Night.

Our 5 Most Popular Quizzes From the 2012 Presidential Campaign

Jason English

The Missing Links: The Election As A Graphic Novel

Colin Patrick

Susan B. Anthony Voted 140 Years and 1 Day Ago And after she did so, she was arrested. Go vote. * Second Place Is First Loser How do you get over losing a Presidential election?

How Curiosity Snapped Its Incredible Self-Portrait

Erin McCarthy

Photo Courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems On October 31, the Mars Curiosity Rover indulged in a tradition honored by party people everywhere: the self-snapped photo, which the

Shop The mental_floss Election Collection!

Erin McCarthy

You may have heard that today is Election Day.

The Red Balloon

Chris Higgins

In 1956, French filmmaker Albert Lamorisse created The Red Balloon, a fantastical short film in which a boy (played by Lamorisse's son Pascal) discovers a sentient red balloon.

25 Presidential Facts for Everyone Killing Time at the Polls

Jason English

1. The last time a Republican was elected president without a Nixon or Bush on the ticket was 1928. * 2. Susan B. Anthony was fined $100 for voting in the 1872 election (for Ulysses S. Grant).

How the Presidency Sort of, Maybe, Almost Might Have Gotten Cursed

Matt Soniak

William Henry Harrison, Tecumseh, and Tenskwatawa. In 1809, William Henry Harrison, then governor of the Indiana Territories, was negotiating the Fort Wayne Treaty to secure native lands for white

3 Animals (Other Than Birds) That Mimic Human Speech

Erin McCarthy

Everyone knows that parrots can mimic human speech. So can a few other birds, including ravens and starlings. But it's not just birds that speak up.

The Dixville Notch Results Are In

Stacy Conradt

ZHANG CHUANSHI/Xinhua/Landov The returns are in, at least in one place in the U.S.: Dixville Notch, N.H., where 10 voters lined up at midnight to be the first in the nation to cast their ballots.

Do Americans Actually Move to Canada After Elections?

The Week

Wikimedia Commons"That's it, I'm moving to Canada." So goes the liberal response every time the Democratic candidate loses a presidential election.