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Retrieving the Space Shuttle's Solid Rocket Boosters

Chris Higgins

20 Songs You Might Not Know Were Covers

Rudie Obias

Sometimes we don't realize that our favorite songs have been around longer than we thought.

9 Books to Drop Everything and Read

If you’re a passionate reader, you’re always on the hunt for the next book that will totally engross you. We’ve pinpointed some that are worth the old drop-everything-and-read treatment.

Why are Notes of the Tonal Scale Called "Do, Re, Mi"?

Kara Kovalchik

Solmization, or the practice of assigning syllables to the different “steps” of the scale, originated in ancient India.

Morning Cup of Links: Real-Life Haunted Houses

Miss Cellania

Strange States: Georgia's New Year’s Eve Possum Drop

Rob Lammle

New York City may drop a giant Waterford Crystal ball on New Year’s Eve, but Tallapoosa, Georgia has the next best thing—a stuffed possum named Spencer.

Last Week's Most Popular Stories

Jason English

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

You've Seen His Photos, But You've Never Heard of Him

Chris Higgins

Giant Koosh Ball vs. Liquid Nitrogen

Chris Higgins

Weekend Links: The Beatles, Live

Roma Panganiban

11 Foods Inspired by Candy Corn

Jill Harness

Candy corn's tri-color design has become a classic symbol of Halloween treats.

How Many Countries Are There?

Chris Higgins

How Twin Peaks Made Modern Art of the Soap Opera

the mag

Twin Peaks proved to fans, critics, and industry gatekeepers alike that television would no longer live in the shadow of film.

The Missing Links: Breaking Bad on Ice

Colin Patrick

What Was Your Best Subject?

Jason English

On Fridays, I ask a series of unrelated questions. Reading your answers helps me get through the afternoon. Answer one, answer all, or ask your own question. On to this week's topics...