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How 17 Great American Cities Got Their Names

Ethan Trex

You know that Washington, D.C., is named for George Washington, but how well do you know where other major cities got their names?

New Nazi Propaganda Footage Found

David K. Israel

I guess I have a Nazi-theme going on this month. From Bugs Bunny and Hitler, we move to actual Nazi propaganda.

"Oregon Trail" Mini-Documentary (1996)

Chris Higgins

In 1996, MECC released Oregon Trail II, an updated version of the classic Oregon Trail computer game.

Neatorama presents: HDYK? - {day 1}

David K. Israel

It's an all-new 5-day trivia hunt! Co-puzzle Master Josh Halbur and I are happy to bring you the next How Did You Know?

The Lost Boys Give Back

Miss Cellania

The Lost Boys of Sudan are a group of thousands of young men from Sudan who fled the violence of their villages and lived in refugee camps for years before they were relocated to the United States, Au

The New Issue is Out! (Plus, 5 Good Reasons to Pick it Up)

Mangesh & Jason

The new mental_floss hits newsstands today, and we can't wait for you to check it out.

The Born-Again Virginity Kit

Ransom Riggs

It may surprise you to learn that Chinese women get more plastic surgery than almost anyone in the world (in that dubious distinction they're right behind the U.S.

The Number of the Day: F-o-r-t-y

Will Treece

Forty is the only number that, when spelled out, has its letters in alphabetical order. Related Giveaway: Today we're giving away three DVD copies of Invictus to the people who tell us the mos

And Man Created Dog

Jill Harness

Dogs just might be the only animal man can actually take credit for creating.

Brain Game: Driven

Short and sweet for the Tuesday Brain Game.

Morning Cup of Links: Duck Bills

Miss Cellania

Summertime for George Gershwin.

5 Questions: "Tip" Your Server

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The Late Movies: Drinking With Rachel Maddow

Ransom Riggs

Here's something you probably weren't aware of: when she's not being the outspoken host of MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show, Rachel Maddow is an amateur bartender.

People Who Will Be at the Idea Festival Besides Us

Mangesh & Jason

As we mentioned last week, our co-founder Will Pearson will be representing mental_floss at the Idea Festival in Louisville, which runs from September 29th through October 2nd.

Vaseline: The Miracle Jelly Turns 140

Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

It's difficult to find anything, especially a commercial product, that hasn't really changed in 140 years.