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The Late Movies: How to Celebrate Festivus

Erica Palan

While the origins of Festivus are a little murky — Seinfeld? The father of a Seinfeld writer? The ancient Romans?

10 Times Jesus Appeared in Junk Food

Stacy Conradt

On December 12, 1531, the Virgin Mary, the story goes, appeared on the cloak of a peasant named Juan Diego. Today, the image that appeared on the cloak is popularly known as the Virgin of Guadalupe.

Abraham Lincoln Created the Secret Service the Day He Was Shot

Dan Lewis

Dan Lewis runs the popular daily newsletter Now I Know ("Learn Something New Every Day, By Email"). We've invited him to share some of his stories on mental_floss this week.

QR Codes

David K. Israel

Last week we announced that we're giving away a BRAND NEW FORD FIESTA in NYC through a special QR code hunt a week from today. But what on earth is a QR code?

Today's Giveaway: Get Clean and Geeky With Video Game Soap

Jason English

I enjoy learning about cities that got creative with their official symbols. For example, the plastic pink flamingo is the official bird of Madison, WI.

We're Coming To Durham (and we're bringing Prizes!)

Mangesh & Jason

We're loading up the RV and taking the Mental Floss Trivia Show on the road to beautiful Durham, North Carolina! It's true. This Monday, Feb.

Google Zeitgeist 2010

Chris Higgins

Each year since 2001, Google releases its Zeitgeist summary, showing various lists of top search terms.

Ten Odd and Awesome 2011 Calendars

Miss Cellania

Calendars are a popular Christmas gift for friends and relatives who already "have everything", because you need a different calendar every year. And these are certainly different! 1.

Amazing Bookstore Adaptations

Jill Harness

Bookstores come in all shapes and sizes, but these 10 featured by WebEcoist are some of the world's coolest locations for selling books.  All ten places featured are repurposed buildings and tran

Brain Game: Threefer Madness #1

In today's Brain Game, the three definitions that follow apply to three different 8-letter words that are anagrams of one another (meaning they use the same letters of the alphabet).

It's Amazing What They Can Do With Computers These Days

Ransom Riggs

It wasn't so many years ago that movies like Toy Story were absolutely cutting-edge, and it was hard to imagine how such slick animation could've been produced by a computer.

Morning Cup of Links: Listed Lists

Miss Cellania

TIME magazine lists The Top 10 Everything of 2010.

It's Not Christmas Without Bon Jovi and R2D2

Stacy Conradt

We talked about Christmas in the Stars: Star Wars Christmas Album last week. It’s where the gem “What Can You Get a Wookiee for Christmas (When He Already Owns a Comb)” comes from.

5 Questions: They're Full of Beans, Baby

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The Late Movies: Christmas Songs

Ransom Riggs

I decided to put together some unusual, funny, off-the-wall Christmas songs because, you know, 'tis the season!