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Was Singapore’s Independence an Accident?

Matt Soniak

In 1963, Singapore declared its independence from Great Britain.

The Desert of Maine

Lucas Reilly

A miniature desert blankets 40 acres of land just a stone’s throw west of Freeport, Maine.

7 Close Calls in the Nuclear Age

Floss books

Here's a formula for fun: Arm two superpowers to the teeth with thousands of nuclear warheads. Make sure they are deeply hostile and suspicious of each other.

20 Seconds of Tetris Madness

Chris Higgins

Hyperrealistic Graffiti

Jill Harness

Say what you will about the legal status of graffiti or how it affects property values, but don't say it isn't art.

The Time Walt Disney Kidnapped Richard Nixon

Stacy Conradt

Yes, Walt Disney kidnapped then-Vice President Richard Nixon and his family in 1959 – but it wasn’t exactly a sinister plot.

15 Fantastic Geek-Themed Sand Sculptures

Jill Harness

Alien vs. Bender would be way more awesome than Alien vs. Predator was.

Weekend Links: Historic Black and White Photos—Colorized

Roma Panganiban

WWI Centennial: The Archduke and Arch-Conspirator Take Their Places

Erik Sass

We're covering the events that led to World War I exactly 100 years after they happened.

Last Week's Most Popular Stories

Jason English

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

What 1939 Thought Fashion in 2000 Would Look Like

Chris Higgins

13 Things You Might Not Know About Mae West

Amanda Green

Mae West quipped, "You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”

Weekend Links: Fabulous Fictional Libraries

Roma Panganiban

The Late Movies: Vintage CBGB Shows

Erica Palan

On this date in 1974, the Ramones made their debut at CBGB. Like many bands before (and after) them, the Ramones' appearance at this famed rock venue helped catapult them into stardom.

5 Operas About Politics

Maureen Monahan

Earlier this month, award-winning composer Derrik Wang wrote an opera, Scalia/Ginsburg, based on the friendship of Supreme Court justices Ruth Bader-Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia.