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Why Did "The Ukraine" Become Just "Ukraine"?

Matt Soniak

Until a few decades ago, Ukraine was almost always referred to as the Ukraine. Then people started dropping the definite article, and now you almost never see it. What gives?

Portraits That Show The Human Side of Animals

Jill Harness

Photo courtesy of TimFlach.com. These creatures may be wild, but they've never looked so relatable as they do in the series of amazing photographs by Tim Flach as seen in his new book, More Th

Brain Game: A Tricky Year

Please enjoy today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Think Thursday challenge, and good luck: The year 2013 is a special one, since the total of the first three digits equals the fourth: 2+0+1 = 3.

Morning Cup of Links: Future Entertainment

Miss Cellania

The NFL’s No Good, Very Bad Season. There was more drama than football, and the league needs to return to entertaining its fans with sports. * Why telecommuting may destroy your work/life balance.

5 Questions: Family Guy

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The Late Movies: Best Timelapses of 2012

Chris Higgins

On December 31, 2012, timelapse.org chose its top timelapse videos of the year.

7 Television Shows Saved by Their Fans

Jill Harness

Never doubt the power of a devoted audience: Time and again, adoring fan bases have brought television shows back from the brink of cancellation—or actual cancellation.

Blood Found in a Dried Squash Belongs to Louis XVI

Erin McCarthy

Image courtesy of The History Blog. The dried, hollowed out squash is ornately decorated, emblazoned with the portraits of French revolutionary heroes and intriguing passages of text: “On January 2

The Missing Links: Weird New Laws of the Land

Colin Patrick

Preparing For the Coming Cyber Wars This connected little town was developed just to be wrecked by hacker terrorists. * The Internet Pays Some M*%#&#f@*%#ing

Over the Borderline: The Little Bit of Minnesota That Could Have Gone Canadian

Matt Soniak

If you look at a map of North America, you’ll notice that the Canada–United States border is strikingly straight from the Pacific Ocean to about a third of the way across Minnesota, where it hiccups a

Did Neil Armstrong Mislead the World About His 'One Small Step' Line?

The Week

By Chris Gayomali The famed quote wasn't quite so spontaneous after all, at least according to the late astronaut's

The Blogger Abides: Words and Phrases I've Misused

Chris Higgins

Good news, everyone! I wrote a book! It's called The Blogger Abides, and it's based on my experience writing for Mental Floss and other publications over the years.

10 Cocktails Inspired by Pop Culture

Jill Harness

Have you ever wanted to drink just like your favorite book, TV, movie or video game character, or at least drink a cocktail inspired by them? Well, good news.

Do Lobsters Really Mate for Life?

Matt Soniak

We already learned over the summer that watching Friends is not the best way to learn about wildlife or first aid.

Places That Could Use a Little mental_floss

Ethan Trex

Having cancer is really boring. Don’t get me wrong; it’s also terrifying, stressful, and exhausting. But a lot of the time, it’s just mind-numbingly boring.