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Brain Game: Happy Holidays!

The mentalfloss.com Brain Game is taking today off to celebrate the holiday. Please do the same, and have a fun and safe weekend. We'll return in three days with a new Monday Math Square. See you

Morning Cup of Links: Santa's Q&A

Miss Cellania

The Evolution of Santa Claus. The only thing he now has in common with the original is the spirit of giving. * 109 Cats Celebrating Christmas.

5 Questions: "San"ta, Baby

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The Late Movies: Guess The Theme 34

Mark Arminio

It's Thursday, it's late...it's time for GUESS THE THEME! All the songs below have something in common. Think you know it?

15 Awesome (or Awesomely Bizarre) Christmas Cards

Jill Harness

Most store-bought Christmas cards feature Santa and his reindeer, Christmas trees or religious iconography. Here are some people who went in another direction.

How Kraftwerk’s 'Computer World' Predicted the Soundtrack of Modern Life

Bill DeMain

Maybe Kraftwerk had a time machine. How else could they have known thirty years ago what the ambient symphony of everyday life would sound like? The mechanical chirp of the cell phone.

Why Do Jews Eat Potato Pancakes During Hanukkah?

David K. Israel

Hanukkah started Tuesday night and runs the whole week, eight nights in total. During these nights, a helluva lot of latkes, or potato pancakes, are consumed.

7 YouTube Yule Logs

Chris Higgins

As you gather together with friends and family, why not crank up the old YouTube Yule Log?

Our Favorite Longreads of 2011

Jason English

The editors of mental_floss magazine — Mangesh, Ethan, Stephanie and Jessanne — sat around arguing about their favorite longreads of 2011 for longreads.org.

You Forgot Already: A 2011 Quiz

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You may remember all the big news stories as they happen, but how much did you really retain at the end of the year? We've got 14 questions about the stories of 2011 that seemed so big (or ridiculous) at the time, but may have slipped your memory by now.

Secret Santaism Is in Full Swing

Jill Harness

Last week we shared last week about a woman in Michigan paying off three random layaway tabs at her local K-Mart. As her story spread, many other people stepped up to help out local families in need.

7 Strange Christmas Traditions

Miss Cellania

A few years ago, I wrote about strange Christmas traditions like Krampus, Caga Tia, the Caganer, Mari Lwyd, Zwarte Piet, the pickle ornament, the TV Yule Log, and Christmas in Japan (which involves se

Brain Game: Santa!

Good luck with today's Think Thursday challenge at the mentalfloss.com Brain Game: What is the most populous U.S.

Morning Cup of Links: That's What She said

Miss Cellania

The world's most over-the-top Christmas decorations.

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