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11 Surprising Pairs of Sister Cities

Miranda Kaplan

As you’re constantly reminded every holiday, you can’t choose your siblings—unless you’re a municipality. Then you can seek out a sister city .

11 Historically Important Works of Taxidermy

Jane Eastoe

Taxidermy has moved in and out of fashion, been adored and reviled, and has symbolized both the best and worst of man’s thirst for knowledge and tendency for ruthless exploitation.

11 Nintendo Games Based on Classic Works of Literature

Joy Lanzendorfer

You don't have to invent a family of mustachioed plumbers to create a video game. Here are some classic works of literature that got the Nintendo treatment in the 1980s and 1990s.

Q&A: Jasi Lanier, The Walking Dead's "Stunt Zombie"

Jennifer M Wood

Speaking with a “stunt zombie,” as impossible as that sounds.

Why Do Bartenders Use Egg Whites In Cocktails?

Clair McLafferty

Because it makes the cocktail so much better! Adding eggs to shaken drinks is a tradition that dates back more than a century.

The Missing Links: Where American Music Happened

Colin Patrick

10 Beautiful Photos from National Geographic's Your Shot Community

Erin McCarthy

7 Fun Facts About the White House Movie Theater

Mark Mancini

There’s no shortage of amenities at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, but perhaps the most culturally significant is the White House Family Theater, which has been playing everything from classic American fil

Why Are Countries Feminine?

Kara Kovalchik

“Stand beside her, and guide her,” we sing in “God Bless America.” Come to think of it, most nations of the world are referred to in the female gender. Why is that?

Morning Cup of Links: Pop Culture Witches

Miss Cellania

Another Survey You Can Take and Maybe Win Something

Jason English

We've got another one of these surveys for you to consider taking. What's in it for you? Well, if you leave your email at the end, you could win a $25 gift card to the mental_floss store.

Spending Time Among the Bones of Paris's Catacombs

Erin McCarthy

In Paris, what’s beneath the sidewalks is as exciting as the monuments that tower above them.

Blimp vs. Zeppelin: What's the Difference?

Floss books

The Dilemma: You're at a football game and there's a large, cigar-shaped object hovering suspiciously close to you. Question: Is it a blimp or a zeppelin?

5 Unlucky Things That Were Hit by Meteorites

Mark Mancini

According to some estimates, several thousand tons of meteorites hit the earth each year—and a few chunks have managed to collide with some rather peculiar targets.

The Sperm Bank for Nobel Prize Winners

the mag

The Repository for Germinal Choice, better known as the Nobel Prize Sperm Bank, was founded in 1980 by multimillionaire Robert Graham, inventor of shatterproof eyeglass lenses.

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