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The Late Movies: Rare Comedy from The State

Ransom Riggs

Back in the mid-90s, the sketch comedy troupe The State was Kind of a Big Deal -- at least it was in my friend group, which quoted sketches like Taco Mailman and The Bearded Men of Space Station 11 ab

Name the Presidents Who Served Less Than One Full Term

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There have been ten U.S. presidents who, for various reasons, did not complete at least one term in office (four full years). How many of them can you name in 2 minutes?

(Note: We're not counting the current administration, so think George Washington through George W. And someone like Nixon doesn't count, because although he left office early, he had completed a full term.)

10 Things You Don't Know About Starbucks (But Should!)

Dave Roos

Starbucks is the coffee icon people either love or love to hate.

Mona Lisa's Cholesterol Problem

Meghan Holohan

Mona Lisa's coy grin invites a barrage of questions—the most common being, what causes her smirk? Some historians have suspected she recently gave birth and she smiles out of joy.

The Canadian Geography Bee

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We've tested your knowledge of U.S. geography time and time again. But how well do you know the Great White North?

6 Other Types of Eyeglasses

David K. Israel


Korean Man Marries Sexy Body Pillow

Jill Harness

Remember how much attention was given to the Japanese man who married his Nintendo DS?

Brain Game: Math Square #18

Your intrepid Brain Game writer and host turns 43 years of age today. Y'know, nothing new happens when you turn 43.

NYC's Isle of the Dead

Ransom Riggs

Most New Yorkers don't even know it's there.

Morning Cup of Links: Depressed Whale

Miss Cellania

Look Deep Into the Mind's Eye.

5 Questions: It's Someone's Birthday

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The Late Movies: Mr. Wizard

Erica Palan

It doesn't matter how old you are—almost everyone has a memory of Mr. Wizard.

Last Week's Most Popular Stories

Jason English

In case you weren't obsessively refreshing mentalfloss.com all week, here's what you

The Weekend Links: Sunday Edition

Allison Keene

Anyone hungry for a rice cake burger? Paneer salsa wrap? Maybe a side of Poutine? All of these are interesting (and in many cases, very yummy looking) global McDonald's menu Items.

The Weekend Links: Saturday Edition

Allison Keene

A new way to experience the Solar System, for the musically inclined. Each planet represents a note that plays once crossing a threshold.