The pageviews have been counted! With six months in the books, here are the 12 most popular mentalfloss.com stories of the year (so far).

12. How to Tweet Yourself Out of a Job
by Rob Lammle

Here are the stories of six people who got fired for tweeting about their bosses, their companies, celebrity customers, and more.
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11. The Quick 10: 10 Weird Celebrity Phobias
by Stacy Conradt

Everyone has their weird fears. But compared to these ten celebrity phobias, perhaps yours are pretty normal.
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10. It Curves! A Brief History of Wiffle Ball
by Ethan Trex

Before you pick up your first white plastic ball and yellow plastic bat of the summer, we thought we'd fill you in on a few points about the proud game's history and the science that makes it fun.

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9. Is Cash Cab Real? 7 Contestants Speak!
by David K. Israel

Is Cash Cab rigged? Well, the short answer is no, it's not rigged. The more complicated answer is: eh, sometimes sorta.
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8. 10 Things You Don't Know About Starbucks (But Should!)
by Dave Roos

The Seattle über-franchise opened its first shop in 1971, and all these years later, the coffee giant is still brewing up addictive drinks and venti-sized controversy across the globe.
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7. Camouflaging an Airplane Factory
by Ransom Riggs

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Back in the 1940s, the Lockheed Air Terminal in Burbank was not only Los Angeles' main airport, but a massive facility that produced warplanes from the P-38 to the B-17 bomber.
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6. 10 Unusual College Scholarships for 2010
by Kara Kovalchik

The cost of higher education continues to grow and grow and grow. Luckily there is financial help available, and not just for the best students—you just have to know where to look.
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5. 9 Very Rare (And Very Expensive) Video Game Cartridges
by Rob Lammle

First, read Rob's round-up of pricey video games. Then read about the reader who realized he had one of them and sold it for $31,000!
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4. Countries With Fascinating Baby Naming Laws
by David K. Israel

Here in the U.S., you can name your kid almost anything, but that's not the case everywhere in the world. Let's take a look at some countries with pretty strict or otherwise fascinating baby-naming laws.
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3. Vacation to Mars: Antarctica's Dry Valleys
by Ransom Riggs

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Most of Antarctica is covered by 2 1/2 miles of ice, and that cold, white wasteland is what most people picture when they think of our south pole. But there is a series of dry valleys in Antarctica that have no ice on them at all—a fascinating landscape that looks more like Mars than the rest of our planet.
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2. Spell It Out: 16 Abbreviated Company Names Explained
by Ethan Trex

Dozens of companies use acronyms or initials in their names, but how well do you know what the abbreviated letters mean? Let's take a look at the etymologies behind a few abbreviated company names.
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1. 22 Fictional Characters Whose Names You Don't Know
by Jason English

Did you know the Comic Book Guy has a name? Would you believe me if I told you Shaggy's name on Scooby-Doo was Norville Rogers? Store these 22 tidbits away for future trivia nights.