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Lunchtime Quiz Leftovers

Jason English

It's Your Art: The NYC Waterfalls

Andréa Fernandes

Since June 26, four massive man-made waterfalls have been in operation in New York City. The waterfalls were designed by world-renowned artist Olafur Eliasson.

Chester Alan Arthur: The Underrated President With Three First Names

Special Guest Star

On this date in 1881, Chester A. Arthur was sworn in as President of the United States.

The Weekend Links

Allison Keene

An illusion using a Dragon, and how to make one for yourself (seriously, I would not want that dragon looking at me everywhere I go, illusion or not!) * From the Annals of Too Much Time ...

Weekend T-Shirt Sale: All Shirts $14.90

Jason English

Now's a great time to add a mental_floss t-shirt (or three) to your clothing rotation. 1) This weekend, all shirts are $14.90.

5 Charming Episodes of Violence from Medieval Iceland

Floss books

The sagas of early medieval Iceland (written down between 1100 and 1300) are some of the great works of Western literature.

Neal Stephenson Calls "Bulshytt"

Chris Higgins

UPDATE: Contest Winner Selected! After nearly a hundred entries, we've randomly selected a winner: commenter Meg Stivison.

Win a Scanlon print!

David K. Israel

If you missed our interview with Kevin Scanlon yesterday, you'll want to check that our here for your chance to win an autographed Scanlon print.

Retro Video: How Crayons Are Made

Chris Higgins

Back when life was simpler, Sesame Street produced a video showing how a crayon factory worked. I don't recall seeing the video as a kid, but watching it now, I learned a few things: 1.

Friday Happy Hour: Create Your Own Holiday

Jason English

Today is International Talk Like A Pirate Day, a holiday devised by John Baur and Mark Summers in 1995 that grew in popularity after a 2002 Dave Barry column.

5 Little-Known Pirate Stories (and a Quiz)

the mag

by Laurel Mills and Kelly Ferguson To celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day, here's a piece from mental_floss magazine that tells five little-known pirate stories, plus a pirate quiz.

The Quick 10: 10 Fun Facts About The Emmys

Jason English

The 60th Primetime Emmy Awards will be handed out on Sunday. To get you in the award show mood, here are ten Emmy facts you might not know. 1.

AIG: Now that you own it, learn about it!

Diana Wolf

First of all—what is AIG? AIG is American International Group, the largest insurance company in the world.

The mental_floss Guide to the Ryder Cup

Ethan Trex

Golf's Ryder Cup takes over Louisville's Valhalla Golf Club this weekend as Europe and the United States vie for world supremacy in the sport.

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

Cyclist Collides with Black Bear 57-year-old Jim Litz was riding his bicycle to work in Missoula, Montana when he came over a rise and saw a 300-pound black bear right in front of him!

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