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How Do Muslims Fast for Ramadan if There’s No Sunset?

Matt Soniak

4 Historical Royal Birthing Traditions

Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

We can’t tell you happened in Kate Middleton's delivery room. But we can tell you what it was like for other historical royal women.

Harry Houdini's Missing Scrapbook Has Been Found

Erik van Rheenen

After 83 years, the escape artist's collection of clippings about Spiritualism pulled a reappearing trick.

10 Lifehacks from 100 Years Ago

The Week Therese Oneill

From steaming out a splinter to stopping a mad dog, here's how your ancestors handled life's big problems.

A Crudely Drawn Penis Almost Derailed Huckleberry Finn

Matt Soniak

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is about as American as it gets. Funny, then, that the book was released in England well before it hit shelves in the U.S.

Last Week's Most Popular Stories (Plus a Request!)

Jason English

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

Understanding the Placebo Effect

Chris Higgins

Weekend Links: Sea Lions Find Ways to Stay Cool

Roma Panganiban

20 Fantastic Tolkien-Inspired Tattoos

Jill Harness

Inside a Tiny House

Chris Higgins

Weekend Links: Free Chocolate for Life

Roma Panganiban

Fact Contest! Amazing Facts About Amazing Feats of Strength

The Pitch Drip Dripped ‘Round the World

Maureen Monahan

A science experiment 69 years in the making has finally come to a conclusion at Dublin’s Trinity College.

9 Common Words That Come From Words for Heat

Arika Okrent

It all comes back to the weather.

The Final Resting Places of Howdy Doody and 10 Other Childhood Icons

Stacy Conradt

How did Howdy Doody end up in Detroit? We have the answer, in addition to what happened to 10 other props you’ll remember from childhood.