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How Scurvy Was Cured, then the Cure Was Lost

Chris Higgins

Yes, this really happened: scurvy was "cured" as early as 1497, when Vasco de Gama's crew discovered the power of citrus...but this cure was repeatedly lost, forgotten, rediscovered, m

Not-So-Famous Firsts: Cookies

Kara Kovalchik

"C" is for cookie, and that's good enough for some not-so-famous cookie firsts. Girl Scout

The Pop Culture Spelling Bee

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The Pop Culture Spelling Bee was one of the games we played at the inaugural Mental Floss Trivia Show. Now you can play along at home! Simply choose the proper spelling of each name. Then spend the rest of the day figuring out whether knowing the answers is a positive thing.

Work Attire Over the Last 10 Decades

David K. Israel

Out here in LA, jeans have been de rigueur in the workplace for some time—other than a select group of film/tv agents, almost nobody in L.A. is required to wear a suit and tie.

Brain Game: Math Square #15

The nine white squares inside the main red grid should be filled with the digits 1 through 9. Each digit should appear only once in this main grid. Two of these numbers are already provided for you.

Need More Awesome in Your Life?

Jill Harness

1000 Awesome Things is a great blog with an easily agreeable mission -- to count down 1000 awesome things. The things listed range from simple pleasures, like "Fishing a big piece of lint out

Morning Cup of Links: Science Poetry

Miss Cellania

DNA matching is not as cut and dried as CSI would have us believe. How it is gathered, stored, analyzed, and interpreted often determines its accuracy as evidence.

5 Questions: Upstairs

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Worst Use of Sign Language at an Awards Show

Kara Kovalchik

In 1976, Best Actress winner Louise Fletcher (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest) signed her acceptance speech to her deaf parents.

The Weekend Links: Sunday Edition

Allison Keene

A full on film-oriented Weekend Links in honor of the Oscars tonight. Cinemaphiles rejoice!

How Do You Transport a Whale?

Matt Soniak

The orca that tragically killed Dawn Brancheau at SeaWorld Orlando last month was previously kept at a now-defunct aquarium in British Columbia.

This 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: Saturday Edition

Allison Keene

From long-time link contributor Larry (who has a great blog The Fire Wire), comes a strange and amusing website that creates musical tracks based on URL content.

Lunchtime Quiz Leftovers

Jason English

Video Game Quiz

David K. Israel

I've got a quiz for serious gamers over at BoingBoing.net. Let us know how you

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