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Free Bird: The History of Presidential Turkey Pardoning

Matt Soniak

Each year before Thanksgiving, the president formally pardons a live turkey presented to him by the National Turkey Federation. Who came up with this odd tradition?

8 Foods You've Been Eating All Wrong

Meredith Danko

There's a better way to eat an apple, peel a banana, and put syrup on your pancakes.

Going on a Joyride with Volvo [Sponsored]

What’s That Thing that Hangs Off a Turkey’s Face?

Matt Soniak

That thing is a snood. And it's there to let the other turkeys know that its owner is kind of a big deal.

Making "HBO City"

Chris Higgins

What Are the World’s Most Prestigious Film Festivals?

There are 3000 film festivals every year, but these are at the top of the class.

12 Words and Phrases That Originated in the Funny Pages

Kara Kovalchik

Once upon a time, newspaper comic strips were as influential in molding American pop culture (and the way we spoke) as television and social media are today.

10 Roads Every Passionate Driver Should Cruise Once

Love getting behind the wheel? Then make sure you cross these amazing stretches of pavement off your bucket list.

What Does The TSA Do With Your Confiscated Stuff?

Matt Soniak

Reader Aly, returning from a trip, asks, “What does the TSA do with all those confiscated items? Mostly, they confiscated my shampoo and I want it back, but I am also curious.”

Morning Cup of Links: Women in the Marines

Miss Cellania

Why We Eat What We Eat On Thanksgiving

Ethan Trex

How did these dishes become the national "what you eat on Thanksgiving" options?

Q&A: Boardwalk Empire's Atlantic City Consultant

Jennifer M Wood

As Boardwalk Empire concludes its fourth season, Atlantic City consultant Vicki Gold Levi shares her real-life recollections of the city’s glory days.

Last Week's Most Popular Stories

Jason English

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

Weekend Links: The Dog Who Really Eats Homework

Roma Panganiban

Leonardo da Vinci's Piano/Cello Hybrid

Chris Higgins

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