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Shemp: The Forgotten Stooge

Eddie Deezen

Samuel "Shemp" Horwitz was born on March 17, 1895. He was the third in the line of five consecutive brothers born to Sol and Jennie Horwitz.

Last Week's Most Popular Stories

Jason English

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

Weekend Links: Positively Crazy Inventions

Allison Keene

From the Department of Nostalgia: The Tour De France in the Good Ole Days.™ Like everything from the Good Ole Days™ everyone smokes and drinks all the time … most especially the cyclists! * Some pre

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Mangesh & Jason

26 Things You Might Not Know Were Named After Places

Kathy Benjamin

From cheddar cheese to the tuxedo.

The First Text Message Was Sent 19 Years Ago Today

Jason English

This is bound to come up. Follow @mental_floss on Twitter for more pub quiz

Weekend Links: Ugly Renaissance Babies

Allison Keene

This has got to be my favorite meme of the year: Ugly Renaissance Babies. Anytime someone can turn classic art or literature into something accessible and funny, I appreciate it. Know of more?

Lunchtime Quiz Leftovers

Jason English

"Britney Spears" is an Anagram for "Presbyterians"

Jason English

© Lucas Jackson/Reuters/Corbis As the great John Green informed us back in 2006 during his stint as a mental_floss blogger, "Britney Spears" is an anagram for "Presbyterians."

The Late Movies: and the Bride on Drums

Miss Cellania

When you plan and prepare your wedding, get yourself a pair of drumsticks and make sure your dress will fit behind a trap set.

A Classic Tale of Pre-Teen Embarrassment and Geography

Colin Patrick

The pre-teen years are typically pretty awkward. Luckily, most of us enjoyed the benefit of not having those moments broadcast to the TV masses. Gregg Gethard wasn’t quite so fortunate.

Attention Birmingham: Mental Floss Is Coming to Town (with Mo Rocca!)

Jason English

Mark your calendars! At 8pm on Friday, December 16th, UAB's Alys Stephens Center is hosting their Annual Holiday Comedy Show starring Mo Rocca.

How You Acquired the Last Book You Read

Jason English

On Fridays, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else's reply, whatever you want.

The $6,400 Remote-Controllable "Toilet of Tomorrow"

Chris Higgins

In case you missed the new hotness back in October, I have bad news: your toilet is obsolete. BEHOLD, THE TOILET OF TOMORROW!

The Sith who Stole Christmas

David K. Israel

This one isn't going to last very long on YouTube. Too many copyright issues going on here. So get a look before they pull the audio off it, or the video down entirely. Pretty clever, I think!