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Washington Didn't Sleep Here: A White House FAQ

Matt Soniak

It was 216 years ago today that George Washington laid the cornerstone of the White House.

Financial Crisis T-Shirt Contest

Jason English

We know of only one sure-fire way for you to make money in these uncertain economic times—winning the mental_floss financial crisis t-shirt contest.

What a catch! Man gets caught stuffing pants with lobsters

Mangesh Hattikudur

In what's perhaps the strangest news story I've read in a while, NBC is reporting that a San Diego man was charged with trying to poach 6 lobsters from a marine conservation area.

The Smartest Car in the Room

Mangesh Hattikudur

While I find Smart Cars pretty adorable (I just want to pinch their little rear view mirrors!), apparently the nerdy vehicles are eager to shed their Pointdexter reputations.

Anyone Can Play Guitar - Lesson No. 3

David K. Israel

Welcome back. Today we'll be learning the G Major chord and how to switch between chords.

Putting a Pricetag on Nature

Ransom Riggs

It's difficult to take the long view when what's happening right now is so dire, but yesterday I ran across an article the title of which gave me pause: "Nature Loss Dwarfs Bank Crisis.

Galileo Mobility

Miss Cellania

Galileo Mobility Instruments developed a system of movement for all terrains. The resulting products range from wheelchairs to farm and construction vehicles to military and rescue

Brain Game: Die! Die! Die!

The word "dice" is plural; a single one is known as a "die." With that in mind, which of the following images - A, B or C - depicts a real die? HERE is the answer. ANSWER:

Morning Cup of Links

Miss Cellania

Douglas Prasher discovered a gene that creates glowing protein, and gave it away freely to other scientists.

History of the World: Setting the Bar Really High for Valentine's Day

Stacy Conradt

Happy Monday! Today, we make you feel really bad about only getting your spouse roses and/or candy for Valentine's Day...

Lunchtime Quiz Leftovers

Jason English

Quiz Rerun: Guns N' Roses

Jason English

After a decade of speculation and fifteen years since the last Guns N' Roses album, it looks like Chinese Democracy will finally be released next month.

More winners!

David K. Israel

We have the winners to our Henry Jaglom contest. Thanks to everyone who sent in cool film facts.

Video of the Day

Jason English

My wife just sent me this clip, titled "My dogs greeting me after returning from 14 months in Iraq." This one's worth two minutes of your time.

A Knight's House: Tobias Stimmer

Andréa Fernandes

In 1566, the Swiss artist Tobias Stimmer (1539-1584) was commissioned to adorn the Haus zum Ritter (Knight's House) in Schauffhausen with frescoes.