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These animations will make you cry

Mangesh Hattikudur

The good folks at Story Corps have recorded a series of touching -- and utterly heartbreaking-- stories from the families of 9/11 victims, and then animated the recordings to beautiful effect.

We Are All Americans: The World's Response to 9/11

Haley Sweetland Edwards

In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, people all over the world stood shoulder-to-shoulder in mourning, solidarity, sympathy and friendship with the people of the United States.

Follow @mental_floss on Twitter: Amazing Facts, 140 Characters at a Time

Jason English

Follow @mental_floss. You'll like

9 Looks at History re-imagined with Monsters

David K. Israel

Some narratives can’t be found in history books. That's the kind of stuff we love here at the _floss.

Rapper or McDonald's Menu Item?

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McDonald’s food and rap music. Two worldwide phenomenons tied together by one thing—their generous use of the letters M & C. Take a look at each set of letters. Are you reading the name of a rapper or a McDonald’s menu item?

4 Old Men Who Played College Football

Ethan Trex

College football is usually a young man’s game, but occasionally an old timer finds his way onto the field.

Where Were You on 9/11?

Jason English

On Fridays, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else's reply, whatever you want.

Election, Clueless or Cruel Intentions?

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Continuing our series of movie quote quizzes, here's a look at three great high school films of the '90s: the soapy Cruel Intentions (1999), the hilarious Clueless (1995) and the devious Election (1999). Given a quote, can you tell which movie it's from?

Archive Team: A Distributed Preservation of Service Attack

Chris Higgins

Jason Scott is my favorite archivist; I've written about his work on early LOL Cats, Computer Beach Party, his BBS Documentary, and his talk at Defcon 18 about inter-(software)-pirate battles.

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

Gumby Fails at Robbery Police in San Diego are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to a suspect who tried to rob a convenience store in a Gumby costume.

Brain Game: Ow!

The mentalfloss.com Brain Game presents Free-for-all Friday. Enjoy! The five following entries aren’t really medical conditions – they’re anagrams.

Morning Cup of Links: Cool Belgians

Miss Cellania

StoryCorps has recorded over a thousand stories of 9/11 victims as told by their loved ones.

5 Questions: Fantastic Four

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14 Literary Settings Inspired by Real Places

Stacy Conradt

At the end of a good book, do you ever close the back cover, sigh, and think, “I wish I could be there”? Good news: in some cases, you can.

The Late Movies: Guess the Theme XX

Mark Arminio

Thursday night _flossers attend!