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John Francis: Silent All These Years

Chris Higgins

In 1971, John Francis witnessed a terrible oil spill. Seeing the destruction caused by the oil industry, Francis stopped traveling in motorized vehicles. Instead, he walked.

Friday Happy Hour: Gift Guide Edition

Jason English

1. Back in June, we put together a mental_floss summer reading list, where various _flossers each recommended one book.

The Last of the (New) New Einsteins

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

How Old Do You Feel?

Ransom Riggs

You know the saying: you're only as old as you feel.

How Did You Know? - {day 4}

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

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

Cop in Charge of Drunk Driving Caught Driving Drunk A deputy police inspector in Tokyo was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol on Monday.

Brain Game: Steeeeeeeeeeeerike!

Okay, I'll admit it... I took bowling in college.

Morning Cup of Links: Martian Glaciers

Miss Cellania

How to bring a woolly mammoth to life. It doesn't even require viable cells, just a DNA sequence. (via Metafilter) * How many ways can you make a cupcake look like a turkey?

Reader Request: Rodin

Andréa Fernandes

A year ago, Auguste Rodin was one of several artists discussed in the "November Artists" post for "Feel Art Again," as he was born on November 12, 1840, and passed away on Novemb

8 Turkey Tales to Tell Next Thursday

Kara Kovalchik

Thanksgiving is a week away. But it's never too early to start stockpiling stories to share over turkey and stuffing next Thursday. Which president pardoned the first turkey?

Google's Ginormous Life Magazine Photo Archive

Chris Higgins

Remember Life Magazine? I sure don't. Well, I recognize the name, but I don't think I ever read an issue.

The Quick 10: 10 Thanksgiving Traditions

Stacy Conradt

Those of us in the States will be gorging ourselves on tryptophan a week from today, but there's a lot more to Thanksgiving than just the eating and the Pilgrims.

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.