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19 Things You Might Not Know Were Invented by Women

Amanda Green

Necessity isn't the only mother of invention. Though it wasn't always easy to get patents or the credit they deserved, women are responsible for many items we use today.

Are You a Nina, a Pinta, or a Santa Maria?

Mangesh & Jason

Don't be the only person at your Columbus Day party who doesn't know which of the explorer's ships you're most like!

The Rise and Fall of Rome in 5 Minutes

Chris Higgins

Meet the 'Refrigerator Ladies' Who Programmed the ENIAC

Alyson Sheppard

Meet the long-forgotten women who programmed the first all-electric computer, the ENIAC.

Weekend Links: An In-Ear Art Gallery

Roma Panganiban

Last Week's Most Popular Stories

Jason English

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

7 Insights on Writing from Nobel Prize Winner Alice Munro

The Week

10 People Who Hated Their Own Biopics

Jennifer M Wood

While it might seem fun to be the subject of a feature film, not every person-turned-character has loved their movies.

Weekend Links: Less-Than-Amazing “Facts”

Roma Panganiban

Morning Cup of Links: Air Force Band Flash Mob

Miss Cellania

11 Popples From Your Childhood You Need to Remember Right Now

Kate Erbland

Even amidst the seemingly never-ending parade of '80s paraphernalia, some properties have been forgotten—like the transformative charms of the Popples.

11 Bloody Facts About Vampire Bats

Matt Soniak

Bats are firmly rooted in Western vampire lore, but only three species, out of some 1100 in the order Chiroptera, actually have a taste for blood.

11 Ways the Government Shutdown Affects Science

Matt Soniak

Time, money, and effort are being wasted and the world will be a worse place for it. Here are some ways scientists have been hit by the shutdown.

11 Movie Characters Without Names

Jennifer M Wood

Memorable protagonists who shall remain nameless.

The Missing Links: The Science of Smooching

Colin Patrick