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Taylor Wilson at the White House

Jason English

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza Last summer we ran a profile of Taylor Wilson in mental_floss magazine. Today the kid was at the White House!

40 Years Ago, Iran Was Hit by the Deadliest Blizzard in History

Haley Sweetland Edwards

Blizzard image via Shutterstock Forty years ago this week, the deadliest blizzard on record ripped through the lower Caucasus and into Iran, where it left 4,000 people dead.

What Disneyland Looked Like in 1957

Chris Higgins

Disneyland opened in 1955. Just two years later, the film below was shot. This footage has been in the vault, so to speak, since then; it was just released by Todd J.

Name All the Best Picture Nominations Since 2008

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They say it's an honor just to be nominated, but do people really remember the nominees? How many of the Best Picture nominees from 2008 through this year can you name in 10 minutes? (When we say "2008," we mean the Academy Awards that were held in 2008, so those movies came out in 2007. We're including the winners. And we're including this year's nominees.) Good luck!

10 Excellent Bookstore Cats

Miss Cellania

Not all bookstores have cats: the big chains don't have cats, and some mom and pop stores keep their cats at home, so if you are allergic to cats, you can still find a place to browse for reading

Brain Game: Feel Like a Number

Put on your mathematical thinking cap and take the Tuesday Test Time challenge for today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game.

Morning Cup of Links: Osama+Zombie=Osombie

Miss Cellania

Nichelle Nichols talks about breaking barriers in television.

5 Questions: Big 10 Teams

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The Time We Found Pyramids on Mars

Calli Arcale

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Mars has long fascinated people. One of the few objects in the night sky to show a visible color and the only one that wandered, it was a natural draw.

"Simpsons" Creator Matt Groening's Dad Was Named Homer, and He Made Movies

Chris Higgins

Matt Groening created "The Simpsons," and as we all know, Homer Simpson is the patriarch of the family. Well, Homer was the name of Matt's dad too...but he wasn't a doofus.

Your Mom Is So Old the Babylonians Made Fun of Her

Colin Patrick

Some things are just purely human, it would appear.

This Snake Can Send You Back Through Puberty

Jill Harness

A lot of people are afraid of snakes and the fear makes total sense, even if most snake bites aren't lethal. As it turns out, they can actually send you back in time.

Feline Physics: Why Cats Can Survive Falls From Great Heights

Bill DeMain

Cat image via Shutterstock The other night, I watched a YouTube video featuring a woman standing on her bed, holding a cat upside down by its feet, then repeatedly dropping the cat onto the mattres

Don't Know Jack? Meet Howard Cogan!

David K. Israel

Chances are, if you live within radio frequency range of most any major city in the U.S. or Canada, you DO know Jack. But you probably don't know much about the man behind the voice of Jack...

Brain Game: Math Square #108

Monday Monday, so good to me... Enjoy a new Monday Math Square for today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game.