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Painting Ads on Buildings: "Up There"

Chris Higgins

Here's a treat for your Friday: a quiet twelve-minute documentary about painters who hand-paint ads on building walls in New York City.

Follow @mental_floss on Twitter: Amazing Facts, 140 Characters at a Time

Jason English

For more tips on alternative uses for Pringles cans, follow @mental_floss on

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

Golfer Hits a Rock, Starts 12-acre Fire Very dry conditions led to a freak accident at a country club in Irvine, California.

Brain Game: Yolk It Up

By changing one letter at a time to form different English words, and leaving all other letters in their original positions, convert LAY into EGG in the fewest steps possible.

How to Write Jokes

Ransom Riggs

OK, this is really more about how not to write jokes -- but sometimes learning by negative example is helpful, too.

Morning Cup of Links: Painting Nudes

Miss Cellania

Body art puts paint next to nothing. Artists once painted nude bodies on canvas; now the naked body IS the canvas! * Go Where? Sex, Gender, and Toilets.

The Number of the Day: 6

Jason English

The Ford Motor Company made more money in the first six months of 2010 than in the previous five years combined. Related Link: "Fordlandia: Henry Ford’s Ill-Fated Foray Into the Brazilian Jung

5 Questions: Sweet Home Alabama

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FORE! The Golf Quiz

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Long before Tiger Woods and Michelle Wie came on the scene, golf was already a very popular sport here in the U.S. and across the pond in the U.K. See how well you know the sport by taking a swing through our golf quiz now!

The Late Movies: Get Your Guitar On

Mark Arminio

For thousands of years humans have been playing guitars, mostly in ill-fated attempts to overcome severe genetic disadvantages and impress members of the opposite sex.

The Quick 10: The 10 Tallest Statues in the World

Stacy Conradt

When I think of big statues, I tend to think of the Statue of Liberty and Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro. In truth, though, those statues are positively dwarfed by some lesser-known statues.

Sam I Am: How a Butcher Became America’s Most Famous Face

the mag

by Mark S. Longo Mascots. You gotta love ’em. England has its bulldog, Canada has the beaver, and America … well, America has a New York meat packer.

The Adventures of Mr. Rat - Episode 1

David K. Israel

One of the great things about blogging for mental_floss is meeting people from all over the Web who have pantloads of talent.

12 Celebrity Professors

Ethan Trex

As college students head back to class for the fall semester, many of them will take classes with professors who are well known within their fields.

An Analysis of Couch Fort Architecture

Chris Higgins

Build Blog normally covers architecture and design, in their traditional, adult sense.