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Jason English

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

The First Christmas Card Was Sent in 1843

Matt Soniak

The commercial Christmas card as we know it originated in London in 1843.

Why is Space Dark?

Chris Higgins

Time for your daily mind-blow. In this four-minute video (tsk tsk!), Minute Physics explains why the night sky is dark, and in turn tackles the more interesting question of why space itself is dark.

World War I Centennial: Austria-Hungary Escalates, Kaiser Convenes War Council

Erik Sass

Installment #48: As 1912 drew to a close, Europe seemed to be teetering on the brink of war.

10 Sci-Fi Gingerbread Creations

Miss Cellania

Making a gingerbread house is a fun and traditional craft for the holidays, but there's no reason why crafting with gingerbread should be limited to architecture.

8 Great Arguments from the Latke-Hamentash Debate

Arika Okrent

Every year, a few weeks before Hanukkah begins, eminent scholars don their formal academic robes and convene in one of the great Gothic halls at the University of Chicago to present their arguments on

15 More Quirky Menorahs

Amanda Green

Hanukkah begins tonight at sundown. Wanna lighten up the Festival of Lights? Check out these 15 funny, unique, and just plain geeky menorahs. 1. Circuit Board

Weekend Links: The Worst Things For Sale

Allison Keene

Very, very happy to be able to share this link and video this week -- I saw this short film at that Atlanta 48-hour Film Festival last year and was blown away by the emotion behind it.

A Day in the Life of a Professional Party Princess

Chris Higgins

M. Alice LeGrow is a professional party princess. It wasn't a job she expected -- she was a graphic novelist until a few years ago, when her publisher went out of business.

The Late Movies: Animals in the Snow

Miss Cellania

No snow in my neck of the woods yet this year, but we are looking forward to it! Meanwhile, enjoy watching some cute animals in the snow.

5 Songs from the Eurovision for Endangered Languages, Liet International

Arika Okrent

English has taken over pop music to the point where many bands from other countries will write their songs in English in order to appeal to a wider audience.

The Frighteningly Rapid Die-Off of the World's Oldest Trees

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These Broken Flowers Won't Break Your Heart

Jill Harness

You probably already know that most things shatter when they are frozen in liquid nitrogen and then hit against a solid surface, but knowing something to be true and seeing it happen are two different

GALAXY: A Party That Combines Art, Science, Technology, and Storytelling

Erin McCarthy

Do you like art, science, and parties? If you do, you live in Los Angeles, and you have some time tomorrow, you might want to check out GALAXY.

The Missing Links: Cats As Killers

Colin Patrick

The Amazing Origami Home This folding house idea is so freaking cool: D*Haus Dynamic from The D*Haus Company Ltd on Vimeo.Where is the contract and how soon can I move in? * Death By House