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Gotta Have Backup

David K. Israel

I have flat, sensitive, wide feet. They look and feel like they belong to someone grossly overweight and possibly arthritic. Meanwhile, I'm anything but.

February 13th, 2008

Miss Cellania

A beautifully preserved fossil of a tiny pterosaur has been discovered in China. And he's just adorable! * Where do those Valentines Day roses come from?

Feel Art Again: Art Theft

Andréa Fernandes

Yesterday afternoon, four paintings were stolen from the E.G. Buehrle Collection in Switzerland in the largest art robbery in Switzerland's history.

Hometown Haunts T-Shirt Contest

Matt Soniak

I'm from a little dot on the map called Lower Macungie Township.

Photo Challenge #2: Weird Business Names

Ransom Riggs

Calling all photographers: it's time for another mental_floss photo challenge! We got so many great entries for the first challenge, and we're hoping to get even more this time around.

The True Story of Audion

Chris Higgins

As a long-time Mac nerd, I remember fondly the introduction of Audion, an early MP3 player application for the classic Mac OS (and later Mac OS X).

Fact Contest Winner

Jason English

The reader-submitted Amazing Fact that stayed with me all weekend came from Samantha: "The first issue of the Kiss comic books included blood from the band members in its ink." You win a cop

Fun with Venn and Euler Diagrams

Miss Cellania

A Venn diagram is a mathematical illustration that shows all of the possible mathematical or logical relationships between sets.

Tuesday Turnip: 9 Little-Known Facts about Honest Abe

David K. Israel

It's time for another whimsical Tuesday Turnip search wherein I type a random phrase and we see what kind of interesting factoids "turn-up." In honor of Lincoln's birthday, today

February 12th, 2008

Miss Cellania

The history of The Evil Eye. And how heavy metal fans keep it away. Really. * America's 50 Greenest Cities.

8 Movie Metaphors Worth Puzzling Over

Ransom Riggs

We've all seen lists of great screen kisses, great car chases, great fight scenes. They're easy to appreciate, and perhaps that's why they get all the attention.

The Great British Venn Diagram

Chris Higgins

I've always had a problem figuring out the difference between terms for British nationality -- most notably the difference between "British" and "English." I've also bee

2 things that made me happy this morning

Mangesh Hattikudur

So, like the title implies, 2 things made me really happy this morning: 1) That our onesies are FINALLY on sale in the mental_floss store.

College Weekend In Review

Jason English

On Saturday and Sunday, we posted several great articles by up-and-coming student writers.

Happy birthday to them!

David K. Israel

As you might know, tomorrow is February 12th. It's also the 199th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth.