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How Does an Exception Prove a Rule?

Arika Okrent

Wouldn’t it do just the opposite? Doesn’t it prove that the rule does not hold for all cases and is therefore not a rule at all?

How to Build a Wilderness Shelter

Trapped outside without a tent? Don’t worry. With a little ingenuity, you can build a shelter that will keep you safe while ensuring you have a fascinating survival tale to tell.

10 Fun Facts for National Play-Doh Day

Stacy Conradt

According to Hallmark, today is National Play-Doh Day! We're not sure what September 16th has to do with Play-Doh, but here are some fun facts about the toy that started as a household cleaner.

11 Reasons Agatha Christie Was as Interesting as Her Characters

Stacy Conradt

From MI5 investigations to going missing for 11 days, Christie led a life that was every bit as interesting as her novels.

Weekend Links: 8-Bit Art

Roma Panganiban

Last Week's Most Popular Stories

Jason English

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

5 Easy Tips for Better Hair (From the Early 1900s)

The Week Therese Oneill

Pour cyanide on your scalp—and other tried-and-true pointers from the turn of the last century

Weekend Links: Books You Never Really Read

Roma Panganiban

The Late Movies: A Very Unlucky Friday the 13th Playlist

Erica Palan

10 Must-Haves for the Smart Chef

Jamie Spatola

(Plus some downright genius words on cooking.)

The Secret World of Sleep: 4 Weird Things About Catching Zs

Clay Wirestone

What happens after we head to bed each night? Do we simply snooze, or do we enter into a dimly lit place of wonders, terrors and peculiar science?

11 Scrumdiddlyumptious Facts About Roald Dahl

Jennifer M Wood

A world without Roald Dahl would be a world without Oompa Loompas, Snozzcumbers, or Muggle-Wumps. And who would ever want to live in a world like that?

A Brief History of Cocktail Bitters - And 10 Kinds You Should Try

Ethan Trex

The secret to the perfect cocktail is an old staple from the Union army’s first aid kit.

The Missing Links: Emoji Masterpieces

Colin Patrick

What's Something Silly Your Parents Didn't Let You Do?

Jason English

On Fridays, I ask a series of questions to get a conversation going in the comments. Answer one, answer all, or ask your own question. On to this week's topics...