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The Real Names of 10 Operation Ailments

Stacy Conradt

Cavity Sam has been plugging away, suffering through numerous operations at the hands of unskilled amateurs since 1965.

Morning Cup of Links: Movies That Did the Book Justice

Miss Cellania

How to Free Dive

Humans have been free diving—plunging under the water with just a lungful of air—for over 2500 years, and today’s top pros can make it 700 feet deep on a single breath.

Why Are They Called "Barbershop Quartets"?

Kara Kovalchik

7 Internet Memes Who Sued

The Week

What happens when the surprise stars of the internet fight back.

World War I Centennial: Franz Ferdinand Opposes War with Serbia

Erik Sass

9 Colorful Words and Phrases from Breaking Bad's Final Season

Angela Tung

We're just hours away from the series finale of Breaking Bad. All season we've been listening for interesting terms. Here are some of our favorites.

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: Animals in Outer Space

Roma Panganiban

These Jumpers Scream Geeky Baby Class

Jamie Spatola

Floss:Handmade Oh Baby, That's Smart!

7 Nifty Things in Washington’s Presidential Library

Mark Mancini

It took 216 years, but on Friday George Washington was finally honored with his own presidential library. Let's take a peek inside.

Weekend Links: Famous Poems Read By Famous Men

Roma Panganiban

Mike Doughty's New Album is Here!

Chris Higgins

5 Disturbing Historical Practices You Should Never, Ever Try

Therese Oneill The Week

Before you read these "how to" guides for foot binding and hara-kiri, take a moment to feel grateful that you live in the 21st century.

The Missing Links: Strike Up the Band

Colin Patrick