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Master Forger: Elmyr de Hory

Andréa Fernandes

Shown: An image of Elmyr de Hory, with a sketch, that originally appeared in Time magazine. Recently, reader Bethany suggested a "Feel Art Again" post on famous art forgers, including To

Hollywood Miscalculations: 5 Famous Actors and the Roles They Turned Down

Ransom Riggs

Sean Connery wasn't supposed to be James Bond. Keanu wasn't supposed to be "the One." So, who were the original choices?

The Weekend Links

Allison Keene

Would the world be a better place if we had jetpacks?

The Incredible World of Navel Fluff

Chris Higgins

Graham Barker of Perth, Western Australia, is a navel fluff enthusiast. Navel fluff, you ask?

On the 20th Anniversary of the Burma Uprising

Kristen Steagall

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the Burma's uprising on August 8th, 1988. Over 3,000 Burmese citizens were killed while peacefully protesting the socialist regime.

The Quick 10: 10 Incidents (Other Than Boycotts) That Shook the Olympics

Ben Smith

Boycotts have caused controversy at the Olympic games in 1976, 1980, and 1984, and pressure was put on the United States and other nations to lead a boycott of the current games because of China'

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

Olympics Open, Maternity Wards Full, 16,000 Couples Wed Today is an auspicious date for China, not only because of the Olympics, but also because the date is 8-8-8.

10% off EVERYTHING SALE: Just 2 Days Left!

Mangesh & Jason

Time is running out, folks. In honor of Leo, the handsomest Airedale on staff, we've decided to cut prices on everything in the mental_floss store this week.

6 Records the Dark Knight Won't Break

Sydney Beveridge

Dark Knight recently became the fastest movie to earn $400 million. Opening weekend, the flick filled seats for 3 a.m. and 6 a.m.

A Dino Named Sue: The Most Complete T. Rex Ever Found

Stacy Conradt

If you've only got one afternoon in Chicago, which museum should you attend? After mulling over the possibilities and consulting my Magic 8-ball, I decided to hit up the Field Museum.

The O Factor: Oprah Gives Obama an Extra Million

Diana Wolf

Votes, that is.

Brain Game: Not Quite the World's Smallest Crossword #4

Here's a new entry in our Not-Quite-The-World's-Smallest-Crossword series. Three clues across, another three down, and you're done.

An Olympic-Size Error

the mag

Year Montreal Hosted the Summer Olympics: 1976 Year Canadian Citizens Finished Paying for Those Games:

Morning Cup of Links: Memorable Explosions

Miss Cellania

The opening ceremonies of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing are today.

How Buildings Learn

Chris Higgins

Last week I mentioned The Long Now Foundation, the progenitor of a series of interesting experiments in long-term thinking (such as The Clock of the Long Now and The 10,000 Year Photograph).

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