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Weekend Word Wrap: words we once mispronounced

David K. Israel

Becky had a brilliant post a couple months back on vocab words. She recounted a segment she once heard on Rush Limbaugh where he said a person's vocabulary stops growing at the age of 25.

Vince Guaraldi's Charlie Brown Christmas Music

Chris Higgins

Yesterday I covered Alternative Christmas Tunes, including pointers to the Vince Guaraldi's soundtrack for "A Charlie Brown Christmas." But there's a great story behind Guaraldi&#

8 Reasons to Love National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

Stacy Conradt

Kara's awesome post on A Charlie Brown Christmas inspired me to write about my favorite Christmas movies.

4 Parasites We Wouldn't Mind Hosting, After All

Ransom Riggs

It's parasites week here at mental_floss, which we kicked off two days ago with the release of our newest video, "Attack of the Parasites." Now, while it's true that there are all

How a coffee shortage killed the confederacy

Mangesh & Jason

by David A. Norris Even in the midst of the Civil War, there was still one thing the North and South shared—a serious addiction to caffeine.

School for Santas


If you're a little heavier and more hirsute than you intended for the holidays, perhaps you're considering stumping as a Santa.

December 21st, 2007

Miss Cellania

The Top Ten Heartbreaking Gadgets of 2007.

Creepy Crawlies: 7 more little things that make life special

Chris Weber

In case yesterday's story on horrifying parasites didn't leave you sufficiently creeped out, Chris Weber is here to tell you about seven more creepy crawlies.

Feel Art Again: "The Triumph of Galatea"

Andréa Fernandes

Yesterday was the anniversary of the death of Jean-Baptiste van Loo.

Eight (and a half) People Whose Jobs Actually Killed Them

Stacy Conradt

We've all made those offhand comments: "This job is killing me," "I'd rather die than go to work this morning," and my personal favorite, "This job is sucking my wil

Alternative Christmas Tunes

Chris Higgins

At Christmas time, my family traditionally engages in a mild battle of wills over what goes on the stereo.

What We Want In Our Next Intern(s)

Jason English

Last week, we hung our 'Help Wanted: Interns' sign. Lots of strong and amusing responses thus far, but also several requests to extend the deadline, which was originally tomorrow.

Attack of the pop culture references

Ransom Riggs

At some point in the mid-nineties, I noticed it.

Office Rat-A-Tat: Music in the Office?

David K. Israel

Years ago I worked in a cubicle next to a woman who played gospels tunes at a ridiculous volume on her computer all the day long.

December 20, 2007

Miss Cellania

10 Habits of Highly Effective Brains.