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Last Week's Most Popular Stories

Jason English

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

The Greatest Dance Number Ever Filmed

Chris Higgins

Weekend Links: Animals in Snow

Allison Keene

Animals in Snow • The World's Poorest President • 3D Printer Hamburger • NFL Lip Reading • The Evolution of Movie Poster Colors

The Magic of David Copperfield, 1978

Chris Higgins

In 1978, David Copperfield burst onto the scene with an impressively corny-but-endearing TV special shot for CBS.

How Scientists Captured the First-Ever Video of a Giant Squid

Erin McCarthy

In Dr. Edie Widder’s opinion, there’s no animal more appropriate for science fiction than the real life giant squid. “You couldn’t ask for a better alien,” she says.

Weekend Links: Chicago's Frozen Fire

Allison Keene

Graphic Designers Illustrate Client Feedback • How Keys Work • The Myth of Multi-Tasking • Restaurants Ban Food Photography

How Pearl Harbor Led to a War on Pinball

By Prohibition’s end, temperance types had found a new target: pinball. Their crusade got a boost when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor.

Win a Personal Library Kit

Jason English

For a bibliophile, there’s no greater pleasure than sharing beloved books, but no crueler pain than losing them for good.

11 Original Songs That Were Cut From Their Movies

Jason Plautz

Maybe they didn't fit the tone of the film they were supposed to appear in. Maybe the director just couldn't find a place for them.

Morals, Mammaries, and the Invention of the Stethoscope

Matt Soniak

In 1816, French physician Rene Theophile Hyacinthe Laennec had a young woman on his exam table, and no idea what to do with her.

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

Donkey Not Reliable Getaway Vehicle • Goat Cheese Fire Closes Tunnel • Welsh Tourist Wrestles Australian Shark • Live Otters Found in Unclaimed Luggage • Boy Fakes Kidnapping to Hide Bad Grades

Has a U.S. River Run Backwards Before?

Matt Soniak

Last month, the U.S.

Brain Game: Buzzing with Excitement

Sandy Wood

Morning Cup of Links: Red Panda Love

Miss Cellania

A red panda named Chewbacca has arrived at the Denver Zoo to mate with their female red panda, Daisy. Which is a fine excuse for an album of cute red panda photographs.