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6 Other Major Discoveries by the U.S. Geological Survey

David W Brown

Yesterday the USGS registered a 4.9 tremor in North Korea, suggesting the test of a nuclear bomb. Detecting nuclear tests is one of many missions for the USGS.

Morning Cup of Links: Carnival Time!

Miss Cellania

The Late Movies: Yesteryear Imagines the Future

Caisey Robertson

11 Drinks and the Famous People Known to Drink Them

Patrick Cain

When these celebrities and iconic characters want to knock one back, these are the drinks they choose.

10 Famous Residents of McLean Psychiatric Hospital

Stacy Conradt

Fifty years ago today, Sylvia Plath committed suicide by sticking her head in a gas-filled oven while her children slept a room away.

The Real People and Events Mentioned in 11 Hit Songs

Kara Kovalchik

Some song meanings are fairly obvious; for example, everyone pretty much figured that Gordon Lightfoot was singing about a vessel than sank in Lake Superior in “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.” Bu

11 Lesser-Known Names for Baby Animals

Roma Panganiban

We know that infant chickens are called chicks and baby ducks are called ducklings, and it’s equally common knowledge that cats are often cutest when they’re kittens.

The Missing Links: A History of Undeserved Grammys

Colin Patrick

11 Things Fossil Dung Scientists Found in Fossilized Poop

Mark Mancini

Paleoscatologists have, quite possibly, the most epic job description ever: “fossil dung scientists.” Among the best-known is Kim Chin, who maintains that fossil feces—which are known scientifically a

11 Controversial Vanity License Plates

Stacy Conradt

Most vanity plates are pretty benign, simply revealing that the driver loves the Cubs or dachshunds or Quidditch. But these plates got people riled up.

11 Cynical Proverbs About Love From Around the World

Arika Okrent

Sure, love is wonderful, but sometimes it can be…complicated. Cultures all over the world have captured the hard lessons of love in the tiny, polished nuggets of wisdom we call proverbs.

11 Mental Floss Contributors Who Wrote Great Books

Chris Higgins

4 Other Popes Who Resigned

Kathy Benjamin

Today, Pope Benedict XVI announced he would be the first pope to step down in 600 years. Even before that, the head of the Catholic Church giving up his office voluntarily was a very rare occurrence.

11 Words That Don't Mean What They Sound Like

Judith B Herman

From Castle Grayskull to The Technodrome: 11 Awesome Vintage Playsets

Erin McCarthy