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Morning Cup of Links: Diagnosing Whales

Miss Cellania

Don Levy found a suitcase full of photographs ready to be picked up by  the garbage service in Watertown, Massachusetts.

Inside NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab

Chris Higgins

Following up on yesterday's Mars Phoenix Lander post, let's continue with the NASA theme.

The Quick 10: 10 Flu Facts

Stacy Conradt

It's flu shot time around here, so I guess I have the flu on the brain.

7 Historic (and Seriously Unhealthy) Beauty Practices

Adrienne Crezo

While our modern beauty regimens certainly don't lack weird ingredients, by tradition our good looks have often been achieved at the cost of good taste and health.

10 Things That Have Deflated the Macy's Parade

Stacy Conradt

The Macy's Parade has been a Thanksgiving tradition since the 1920s.

Dietribes: Raisin d'Etre

Allison Keene

From the 1812 battle cry "Remember the Raisin!" to the groundbreaking (and Tony award winning) "Raisin in the Sun" to baseball (Fresno's first professional baseball team was f

Laser Portraits, and Other Adolescent Humiliations

Ransom Riggs

Considering the current wave of early-80s nostalgia that's sweeping the nation, especially teenagers who weren't even embryonic in 1981 -- witness the music of Chromeo, the renewed popularit

5 Weather Events Worth Chatting About

Caroline Donnelly

Usually, the weather is a subject for polite, uneventful conversation with people you don't know very well. But sometimes the weather is weird, or even downright scary.

Brain Game: The Tri-State Brain Game

We're in a stately mood now that the U.S. mint's "state quarter" series has come to an end with the issue of Hawaii, the last coin in the series.

Creatively Speaking: Jackie Hoffman

David K. Israel

You may know Jackie Hoffman from her roles in the Broadway musicals Xanadu and Hairspray, for which she won the 2003 Theatre World Award, or her TV appearances on Curb Your Enthusiasm or Conan O'

It's New T-Shirt Week!! (Today's Shirt: Veni Vidi Wiki)

Jason English

New T-Shirt Week (!!) rolls on. We've been unveiling one new mental_floss shirt each day, and offering a one-day-only 10% discount. Today's shirt is Veni Vidi Wiki: I came. I saw.

Morning Cup of Links: Light Pollution

Miss Cellania

A new genetic theory suggests that mental illness may be a product of struggles between the genes you get from your father and the genes you get from your mother.

The Quick 10: 10 Celebrities Who Served Our Country

Stacy Conradt

It's Veterans Day in the U.S.

RIP, Mars Phoenix Lander

Chris Higgins

Yesterday, NASA announced that the Mars Phoenix Lander has died.

Attention Birmingham & New York Readers...

Jason English

Tonight, in Birmingham and in Brooklyn, we'll be celebrating the recent release of The Mental Floss History of the World.