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The Quick 10: 10 Official State Insignia

Stacy Conradt

Everyone knows that states have their own official flags, seals, flowers, songs, mottoes and so on. But some states have an official something for just about every category you can come up with.

Odds/Ends: 10%-off t-shirts (and other very important announcements)

Jason English

For the rest of the week, all our t-shirts are 10% off. Visit the mental_floss store, fill up your cart, and enter the code "fallsale" during checkout.

What Does the Freddie/Fannie Bailout Mean to You?

Diana Wolf

The big bailout of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac has been big news this week. But what does it mean to you?

The Zany History of Mini Golf

In the Beginning

Whether you call it "mini golf," "putt putt," or "a cheap date," the miniaturized sport has been popular since the 19th

The Future of Your Newspaper

Ransom Riggs

There's no two ways about it: much like a lot of print media nowadays, newspapers are in trouble.

The Large Hadron Collider: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Matt Soniak

This morning, at 3 a.m.

Brain Game: What's That Spell?

It's a good day for an old (but not terribly difficult) word riddle: Alone, I am nothing. With B, I am purchased. With F, I am struggled. With N.

5 Cruises for the geek in all of us

David K. Israel

I once joined a girlfriend on a classical music-themed cruise through the Greek isles.

Morning Cup of Links: How to Cook an Alien

Miss Cellania

The Large Hadron Collider is scheduled to fire up today, so to calm your fears by reading 8 Fictional Doomsday Devices More Dangerous Than the Large Hadron Collider.

Not Rock Hudson: Sol LeWitt

Andréa Fernandes

Two readers, Corrine and Hill-Dawg, requested a post on the American artist Sol LeWitt (1928-2007).

The Quick 10: 10 Famous Elephants

Stacy Conradt

Who knew there were so many historical elephants? I was aware of Dumbo (fiction, I know), and I was aware of Jumbo (P.T. Barnum's famous elephant), but they are just the tip of the iceberg.

7 Things I learned reading North Korea's newspaper

David Holzel

The Japanese are reporting that Kim il Jong has been dead since 2003.

What's the Deal With Jerry Seinfeld's Microsoft Ad?

Diana Wolf

The ad world is all abuzz about the new Microsoft Windows commercial featuring Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Gates. It's a bit hokey, rather long, and, well, it just doesn't make any sense.

How Cereal Transformed American Culture

the mag

by Ian Lender More than a century ago, Christian fundamentalists invented cereal to promote a healthy lifestyle free of sin.

Thrown for a Loop: Sample-Crazed Acoustic Rockers

Ransom Riggs

What's a loop?