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Attention Research Triangle Readers...

Jason English

Tonight, mental_floss co-founder/president Will Pearson and History of the World co-author Erik Sass are taking their roadshow to North Carolina.

4 Heartbreaking (or Miraculous) Moments in Gambling History

Ethan Trex

The NFL saw a great meaningless gambling moment last weekend when Steelers safety Troy Polamalu seemed to scored a touchdown on the final play of Pittsburgh's game against San Diego.

Thomas Crapper: Separating Truth from Crap

Ransom Riggs

One of the most popular sanitation-related misconceptions out there is that an Englishman named Thomas Crapper invented the flush toilet. It isn't true.

Lunchtime Quiz: Two More Oldies/Goodies

Jason English

Here are two vintage quizzes from all the way back in 2007. (We'll return live tomorrow.) For now, click on either banner to take that

How Did You Know? - {day 3}

David K. Israel

We've FIXED the soundbites for all browsers now! For those who had trouble hearing the sounbites in yesterday's Name That Tune challenge, please try again.

The (New) New Einsteins: David Shaw

Erik Vance

For the current issue of mental_floss magazine, Erik Vance profiled nine "New Einsteins" "“ visionaries who are discovering how to grow organs, peer into black holes, levitate food, cur

Five Other Thanksgiving Holidays

Miss Cellania

As much as we appreciate the Pilgrims' contribution to our holiday calendar, they are far from the first to set aside a holiday to give thanks for a bountiful harvest.

Brain Game: Really, Really Bad Rebus #5

It's been a long time since we ran a new entry in the Really, Really Bad Rebus series. And once you're done with this one, you'll know why.

Morning Cup of Links: Alien Life Forms

Miss Cellania

Astronomers are discovering that water, and life, might exist on many planets where conditions are very different from those on Earth.

Inside a Giant Ant Colony

Chris Higgins

Today's crazy science video: a Science Channel documentary in which scientists pour 10 tons of concrete down a massive anthill, let it harden for a month, then carefully excavate it to demonstra

5 Deadly Animals That Might Just Save Your Life

the mag

by Maggie Koerth-Baker & Laurel Mills Sure, you know these five creatures as stinging, biting merchants of death.

(Re)searching for an Intern

Ransom Riggs

Hey floss community, I need your help!

Lunchtime Quiz: Two from the Vault

Jason English

Here are a couple quizzes from yestermonth you might have missed the first time around. Click on either banner to take that

The (New) New Einsteins: Nathalie Cabrol

Erik Vance

In the current issue of mental_floss magazine, Erik Vance profiled nine "New Einsteins"—visionaries who are discovering how to grow organs, peer into black holes, levitate food, cu

How Did You Know? - {day 2}

David K. Israel

We're back with another 5-day trivia hunt, this time with a whole new format, and new prizes, so read on! The new, updated rules: Every remaining day this week, I'll be presenting a speci