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The Missing Links: When Statues Attack

Colin Patrick

Will There Be A Barcode on the Tombstone? The inventor of the omnipresent barcode recently died and his obituary is sort of odd. * The Future Is Now: Invisibility Cloaks They’re real, and the

Mars Curiosity: Looking Forward, Looking Back

Chris Higgins

On August 6, 2012 the Curiosity rover made a successful touchdown on Mars.

Why Does "XOXO" Mean "Kisses and Hugs"?

Sean Hutchinson

Whether you end a letter or e-mail with it—or you recognize it from the end of each Gossip Girl episode—“Xoxo” is commonly known to refer to the phrase “Kisses and hugs.” But how did these two inconsp

Video of the Huge Asteroid that Buzzed by Earth Last Week

Erin McCarthy

Last week, the 3-mile-wide asteroid 4179 Toutatis flew by Earth—on December 12, Toutatis was 4.3 million miles from Earth; on December 13, it was about 4.4 million miles away.

9 Delightfully Bizarre Christmas Cards from the 1800s

Erin McCarthy

After the first Christmas card was sent in 1843, Victorians eagerly embraced the new tradition. Here are just a few of the wonderfully weird cards we tracked down.

Brain Game: Math Square #151

Enjoy today's new Monday Math Square for today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game challenge - and good luck! Place the digits 1 through 9 in the white blanks so that the mathematical equations

Morning Cup of Links: Sandy Hook Elementary

Miss Cellania

Remembering the Victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting.

10 Nonviolent Ways to Thwart a Westboro Baptist Church Protest

Adrienne Crezo

You're probably familiar with the Topeka-based Westboro Baptist Church, a fringe religious group of anti-gay, anti-Semitic, anti-kindness-in-general people infamous for picketing at the funerals

5 Questions: "Hair" Care

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Why Did NORAD Start Tracking Santa?

Matt Soniak

On December 24, 1955, the red telephone at the Continental Air Defense Command Operations Center started to ring.

Fall, Timelapse, Central Park

Chris Higgins

Need a dose of tranquility? Watch this three-minute timelapse video shot in New York City's Central Park.

Last Week's Most Popular Stories

Jason English

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

Weekend Links: Learn to Dance

Allison Keene

A Russian man writes about attending an NFL game for the first time, and his take is fantastic. "Sort of a bird derby." * Finally!

Neil Gaiman Waits for His Parents in a Train Station

Chris Higgins

Neil Gaiman can really tell a story. In this fourteen-minute bit for The Moth, he tells the tale of how he waited for his parents at Liverpool Street Station after returning home from Germany.

The Only Math Museum in the U.S. Just Opened

Erin McCarthy

Math has been intimidating and worrying students (and their parents) since humans starting adding and subtracting.