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Mental Floss has won Webby Awards (three!), lost ASME Awards (thrilled to be nominated!), and published 15 books and five board games. Our YouTube channel has 1.3 million subscribers, and we reach 13 million people a month through mentalfloss.com. Our goal is to find fascinating stories and bring them back to our readers. The kinds of stories people want to share, and not just in the social media sense. There are so many incredibly interesting things out there. Can you help us uncover them?

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We need a writer who is as comfortable covering science as they are pop culture. Primary responsibilities include writing three posts for publication on the site each day as well as writing a number of lists each month; reported features and special projects will also be in the mix.
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POW/MIA Military Flag Will Now Fly Permanently at Key Federal Sites Across the Country

Dennis Rogers, Wikimedia Commons // Public Domain
Dennis Rogers, Wikimedia Commons // Public Domain

The POW/MIA military flag, which displays a soldier’s silhouette above the words “You Are Not Forgotten,” honors unaccounted-for military members who have either been taken as prisoners of war or gone missing in action. Before now, it was only required to be flown six times each year—Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Veterans Day, and National POW/MIA Recognition Day.

But that’s changing, thanks to a proposal sponsored by Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and New Hampshire Representative Chris Pappas that was signed into law on Thursday, November 7. According to Military Times, the legislation mandates certain federal buildings and war memorials to keep the flag raised year-round.

Though it doesn’t apply to every federal institution, it does include the White House, the U.S. Capitol, the Pentagon, the Department of Veterans Affairs headquarters, every post office and national cemetery, and war memorials such as the World War II Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. It’ll also be raised during every major U.S. military installation.

According to Time magazine, the flag was created in 1972 by illustrator and World War II veteran Newton Heisley, and was originally meant to function as a symbol for the National League of Families of American Prisoners and Missing in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. Today, considering more than 82,000 soldiers are listed as POW/MIA, the flag has taken on an even broader significance.

“This is a historic victory for every man and woman who courageously defended this nation and remain unaccounted for,” Veterans of Foreign Wars National Commander William Schmitz said in a statement. “The daily display of the POW/MIA flag at all prominent federal properties now serves as a daily reminder that these heroes, and their families, are forever etched in our DNA.”

Keep an eye out for the flag during media coverage of Veterans Day this Monday, and check out these honorable ways to help veterans.

[h/t Military Times]

Queen Elizabeth II Is Quitting Fur

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kylieellway/iStock via Getty Images

Between the jewels, bags, and hats for every occasion, the fashion of Queen Elizabeth II is the epitome of class. As of 2019, one classic marker of luxury has been missing from the clothing added to her wardrobe. The queen no longer wears new items made from fur, Travel + Leisure reports.

The revelation comes from The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe, a new book from Angela Kelly, the longtime senior dresser to the queen. In it, Kelly says that real fur from animals is no longer used by Elizabeth II's stylists. "If Her Majesty is due to attend an engagement in particularly cold weather, from 2019 onwards fake fur will be used to make sure she stays warm," she writes.

Animal rights activists may be happy to hear about the change, but real fur hasn't been phased out of the royal wardrobe completely. Many existing outfits, including some historic garments used for ceremonies, will be kept as they are. Other pieces have been updated, such as the queen's off-white tweed coat from 2008. The original mink fur trim around the collar and cuffs has since been replaced with faux fur.

The introduction of fake fur into the queen's outfits may come as a surprise to anyone familiar with the strict rules of royal fashion. You can learn more about the dos and don'ts here.

[h/t Travel + Leisure]

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