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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.

The $39 Experiment

Chris Higgins

In 2006, self-described "average guy" Tom Locke decided to see what he could get companies to send him for free by mailing out 100 letters.

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.