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For the second year in a row, ‘TIME’ has singled out a dozen actors, sports figures, and activists making a difference in the world.
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Mental Floss's writers and editors share their favorite stories from 2022.
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Before Nathan Fielder and Sacha Baron Cohen pushed the boundaries of performance art, Alan Abel was able to convince media and the public of just about anything, including his own death.
Don’t let misguided media sources compound your arachnophobia.
The Wicked Witch episode of Sesame Street was pulled from syndication following complaints that it traumatized children.
For a large part of the 20th century, 'Grit' was a newspaper that focused almost exclusively on positivity, with a mandate to "suggest peace and good will towards men."
From its first steps out of the primordial sludge of the ARPANET days to its current role as a vessel for cat videos and Netflix, we're taking a look at just some of the most important moments in internet history.
The Video Game History Foundation is unloading duplicate copies from its magazine vault—including an issue of 'Nintendo Power' #1.
The glossy pages of most catalogues and magazines can be recycled along with the rest of your paper products.
Larry Flynt and Hugh Hefner—two titans of titillation—were never close. But a paper trail shows that Flynt may have wanted to see the 'Playboy' founder suffer a case of lead poisoning.
Celebrities fade in and out of fashion, and so do the magazines that cover them. Here are 11 retro celebrity magazines that covered classic movie, music, radio, and television stars.
"Modern Love," The New York Times's long-running column detailing real-life love stories, is also a podcast and a critically acclaimed, star-filled TV series that is awaiting its second season.
Mental Floss's first print cover featured Albert Einstein’s tongue, and our first Instagram post was about Rice-A-Roni. Would we do it differently today? Of course not.
The pioneers of fake news reflect on nearly 30 years of Elvis, aliens, and a half-human, half-bat child that earned them a very angry phone call from the very real FBI.
Gloria Steinem is so much more than the world’s most famous feminist—she’s also Christian Bale’s stepmother.
No matter where you are in the country, local and national news anchors have the same vocal delivery. There's a good reason why they learn it.
As fast as popular culture could erect wholesome depictions of American life in comics, television, or movies, MAD Magazine was there to tear them all down.
At one point in America's history, it seemed like the statue would end up in Philadelphia or San Francisco—or worse, be sent back to France. Then Pulitzer stepped in.