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Five Questions

Jason English

Before we dive into this week's questions, a quick update on last Friday's magazine giveaway: I'm slowly making my way through the list of lucky recipients, and I'll try to have al

Strange Geographies: East LA's Abandoned Hospital

Ransom Riggs

I'm sick today. Sore throat, achy muscles, the works.

Coney Island Freaks of Yesterday and Today

Miss Cellania

Although the first "freak show" at Coney Island opened in 1880, the golden age of the village's side shows began in 1904 when Samuel W.

Weekend Word Wrap: Daffynitions

David K. Israel

In the 1929 Marx Brothers film, Cocoanuts, Groucho explains to Chico his plans to develop and auction some land in Florida.

February 15th, 2008

Miss Cellania

Enjoy a gallery of amazing images from scanning tunneling microscopes. These are pictures taken at the molecular level. * A study finds that some thoughts really do require language.

Feel Art Again: "A Young Girl Defending Herself Against Eros"

Andréa Fernandes

Several weeks back, reader Johnny Cat suggested Bouguereau's paintings for "˜Feel Art Again.' Adolphe William Bouguereau's "A Young Girl Defending Herself Against Eros"

In Praise of Cheap Coffee

Ransom Riggs

With prices for a simple cup of coffee approaching $4.00 at some national coffee-tailers -- and my own addiction to espresso leading to a recent home appliance purchase that cost as much as a low-end


Jason English

"¢ We've elected the winners of our 'Super Tuesday' contest.

February 14th, 2008

Miss Cellania

In Chicago, seven well-dressed men were lined up against a wall and shot through their backs. What really happened at the St.

Own a Piece of History (But Not a Very Important One)

Ethan Trex

If you want to see some truly historic sports memorabilia, you've got to make the trip to a hall of fame or museum.

The Hunting Strategies of Carnivorous Plants

Caroline Donnelly

Not the blood-thirsty Audrey II from Little Shop of Horrors "“ we're talking about the very real plants that feast on insects and invertebrates.

Your Best Worst Commuting Stories

Jason English

I used to write a column called "Commuting Suicide" for YesButNoButYes. For a while, this was fun.

Dietribes: McIntosh Apples

Allison Keene

Apples are ubiquitous in our culture, especially in legend and lore "“ from Isaac Newton to William Tell, Johnny Appleseed to Snow White, Greek mythology to the forbidden fruit of the Bible.

The Year 1975 (As Predicted By 1962)

Ransom Riggs

We here at Mental_floss love to uncover visions of the future -- especially when that "future" is already long past.

4 More things to know about Jack Webb (Part Deux in a series)

Kara Kovalchik

After the color reincarnation of Dragnet had exhausted its run, TV genius Jack Webb decided there were plenty of stories to be mined from the day-to-day exploits of the average cop on patrol duty.