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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.

Brain Game: A Tense Situation

Good luck with today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Tuesday Test Time challenge: What's the only letter of the English alphabet that is NOT contained in the following sentence? "The

Morning Cup of Links: Kate Nash Performs "Once More with Feeling"

Andréa Fernandes

Miss Cellania is on vacation, so I’ll be filling in this week.

Who Came In Third? A Presidential Election Quiz

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We might have a two-party system in the U.S., but there are still some years with notable third-party candidates running for President and even a few years in which several major candidates vied for the office. You probably know who won, but how well do you remember who came in third?

(The questions are in chronological order, so they should get easier--or at least more recent in your memory--as you go through the quiz.)

5 Questions: Election Day!

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The Late Movies: Kids Incorporated

Andréa Fernandes

The children's TV show Kids Incorporated ran from 1984 through 1993 and featured a group of kids who performed in their own rock group, Kids Incorporated, at a former musical club called The Pala

World War I Centennial: Wilson Takes The White House

Erik Sass

Installment #42: There aren’t many times in U.S.

Finally: Medical Proof That Math Makes Your Head Hurt?

The Week

Splitting the bill after dinner can be a big headache for some people.