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Curious about history, science, pop culture, and cats? So are we. The Mental Floss team is obsessed with cracking the code behind some of life’s most fascinating and enigmatic stories and people, from the mystery of Oliver Cromwell’s well-traveled head to the reason it’s illegal to photograph the Eiffel Tower at night. No matter the topic, Mental Floss has something to make you feel smarter today.

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