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Something Old: The Analogist

Jason English

Back in 2007, I started a semi-regular feature called The Analogist. It was like an advice column, except not helpful—you told me a problem, and I told you what that problem was like.

The Fans Strike Back: 9 Sports Protests

Scott Allen

In Washington, DC, Redskins fans are mailing "Fan Cards" to team headquarters and local media outlets, renouncing their fandom as a result of the actions of owner Daniel Snyder.

Angela Merkel: The Sharp Axe of Reason

Jenny Drapkin

The global recession has hit Germany hard; its economy will likely shrink by 6 percent this year alone. Why should you care?

Yeee-ouch! Uncomfortable Chairs Galore

Jill Harness

Everyone's seen comfy, soft and ergonomic chairs.

7 Historic Hollywood Landmarks

David K. Israel

Whether it's Grauman's Chinese Theater or that iconic nine letter sign, Hollywood is rife with historical landmarks.

Inflatable Seat Belts

Miss Cellania

Old curmudgeons like me like to talk about how much freedom children had when we were young.

Brain Game: Two of 26

The list of the world's independent nations (or "sovereign states," if you'd rather) includes 193 countries.

Morning Cup of Links: The Tin Horse Highway

Miss Cellania

A profile of Sgt. Kimberly Denise Munley, the hero of the Ft. Hood shooting. "She had the training; she knew what to do.

5 Country Stars Who Got Fried in the Food Business

the mag

By Bill DeMain 1. Minnie Pearl's Fried

New T-Shirts Are In! (To Celebrate, All Shirts Are $14.90)

Mangesh & Jason

We're proud to announce four new additions to the mental_floss line: Scuba Diving: Keep Your Friends Close and Anemones Closer * Ambiguity: What Happens in Vagueness Stays in Vagueness *

This Week's Most Popular Stories

Jason English

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

Toilet Paper History: How America Convinced the World to Wipe

Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

Since the dawn of time, people have found nifty ways to clean up after the bathroom act. But the idea of a commercial product designed solely to wipe one's bum?

The Weekend Links

Allison Keene

From the Annals of Too Much Time: An incredible movie mashup that creates a song (that rhymes! with a beat!) from bits of dialogue spanning TV and movies from the '20s onward.

Lunchtime Quiz Leftovers

Jason English

The Quick 10: 10 of the Best Books of 2009

Stacy Conradt

I hate the end of Daylight Saving Time.