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Grab Monday's Best Amazon Deals While You Can

March 20, 2017
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As a recurring feature, our team combs the Web and shares some amazing Amazon deals we’ve turned up. Here’s what caught our eye today, March 20.

Mental Floss has affiliate relationships with certain retailers, including Amazon, and may receive a small percentage of any sale. But we only get commission on items you buy and don’t return, so we’re only happy if you’re happy. Good luck deal hunting!

GADGETS, TOYS, AND MEDIA

OldShark Full HD 1080P Dash Cam 170 Degree Wide Angle 3 Inch Dashboard Camera Vehicle Recorder Support G-Sensor, Night Vision, WDR, Parking Guard, Loop Recording 32GB SD Card Included for $58.99 (list price $89.99)

Maxboost 300W Power Inverter Dual 110V AC Outlet + Two 2.4A/24W USB Smart Ports Car Charger [Aluminum Body] DC 12V to 110V AC + DC 5V USB Battery Charger for laptop,iPad,iPhone,Tablet,phone for $17.99 (list price $39.99)

Plugable USB 2.0 Digital Microscope with Flexible Arm Observation Stand for Windows, Mac, Linux (2MP, 250x Magnification) for $29.70 (list price $59.99)

Clarke CWD Celtic Tin Whistle, Key of D for $11.89 (list price $23.65)

Spigen Kuel OneTap AP12T Car Phone Mount Universal Phone Holder With Low Profile Design for iPhone 7 / 7 Plus / 6S / 6S Plus / Galaxy S7 / Galaxy S7 Edge / LG / HTC / Nexus for $18.99 (list price $29.99)

ThermoPro TP50 Hygrometer Thermometer Indoor Humidity Monitor with Temperature Gauge Humidity Meter for $7.98 (list price $19.99)

TOTU BT-2 V4.1 Bluetooth Headphones Wireless Music Stereo Sports Headset - Red for $23.99 (list price $69.99)

iPhone 7 Plus Case, RANVOO 3 in 1 Anti-Scratch Shockproof Electroplate Frame Ultra Slim Coated Surface Excellent Grip Case for iPhone 7 Plus, Jet Black for $12.99 (list price $39.99)

Atactical A1S LED Flashlight Pocket-Sized LED Torch Super Bright 1150 Lumen CREE XP-L V6 LED, 5 Modes with Strobe, IPX-7 Water Resistance, 1 x USB Rechargeable 18650 3400mAh Lithium Battery Included for $29.99 (list price $69.95)

SoundPEATS Wireless Headphones Sport Bluetooth Earbuds Sweatproof Running Earphones (Bluetooth 4.1, 6 Hours Talk time, CVC 6.0 Noise Cancelling, with Mic) - Black&Red for $15.99 (list price $45.99)

Spigen Ultra Hybrid [2nd Generation] iPhone 7 Plus Case Clear with Reinforced Camera Protection and Air Cushion Technology for iPhone 7 Plus 2016 - Black for $9.99 (list price $22.99)

PURELL Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer - Travel Sized Jelly Wrap Portable Sanitizer Bottles, Scented - (1 oz, Pack of 8) for $12.00 (list price $15.00)

CardNinja Ultra-slim Self Adhesive Credit Card Wallet for Smartphones, Black for $6.95 (list price $12.99)

Pokemon Kids' POK3018 Digital Display Quartz Black Watch for $8.99 (list price $9.99)

URPOWER II Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speakers Waterproof IPX7 Rating with 20W Enhanced Bass, Stereo Pairing, NFC Tech, Bluetooth 4.0 for iPhone 7/7Plus, iPad iPod and Android Phones for $39.99 (list price $99.99)

Rowkin Bit Charge: Stereo Wireless Headphones with Portable Charger. Bluetooth Earbuds, Smallest Cordless Hands-free Mini Earphones Headset w/ Mic & Noise Reduction for Running and iPhone (Space Gray) for $129.99 (list price $259.99)

Smart Weigh Digital Heavy Duty Shipping and Postal Scale with Durable Stainless Steel Large Platform, 440 lbs Capacity x 6 oz Readability , UPS USPS Post Office Postal Scale and Luggage Scale for $34.99 (list price $72.99)

Anker 40W/8A 5-Port USB Charger PowerPort 5, Multi-Port USB Charger for iPhone 6/6 Plus, iPad Air 2/Mini 3, Samsung Galaxy S6/S6 Edge and More for $18.99 (list price $49.99)

Car Mount, (2 Pack) Mengo Magna-Snap Mini Magnetic Air Vent Car Mount for Smartphones (iPhone, Samsung, HTC, LG, Nokia, & More), Mp3 Players, and GPS Devices - Retail Packaging for $12.18 (list price $29.99)

KITCHEN

Crock-Pot SCCPVL610-S 6-Quart Programmable Cook and Carry Oval Slow Cooker, Digital Timer, Stainless Steel for $34.30 (list price $59.99)

Contigo SnapSeal Byron Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Travel Mug, 20oz, Gunmetal for $9.34 (list price $12.99)

Hamilton Beach Deep Fryer with Cool Touch, 2-Liter Oil Capacity (35021) for $33.76 (list price $49.99)

Culina Strainer Over-the-sink (Oval), Stainless Steel Fine Mesh Expandable for $14.99 (list price $29.95)

Ninja Nutri Bowl DUO with Auto-iQ Boost (NN102) for $97.99 (list price $139.99)

Proctor-Silex 59738A Hand Blender for $14.44 (list price $19.01)

Habor CP050 Instant Read Meat Thermometer [Magnetic Attachment] Super-Fast Digital Cooking Thermometer with 4.8 Inch Collapsible Internal Probe and Hanging Hole for $9.99 (list price $19.99)

DRAGONN Premium Sturdy 12-inch and 9-inch Stainless-steel Locking Kitchen Tongs, Set of 2 ... for $12.95 (list price $19.99)

Cook N Home Stainless Steel Cookware 1 Quart Sauce Pan with Lid for $10.99 (list price $14.99)

Cook N Home Stainless Steel Kitchen Compost Bin, 1-Gallon for $13.98 (list price $39.99)

Mr. Coffee K-Cup Brewing System with Reusable Grounds Filter, Silver, SC100 for $52.40 (list price $59.99)

GDEALER Digital Pocket Kitchen Scale 0.01oz/0.1g 3000g Kitchen Food Scale Weight Compact Scale, Tare, Stainless Steel, Backlit Display for $10.99 (list price $25.99)

Kitchen Sink Mat OTHWAY Sink Protector Mat with Nice Looking for $6.39 (list price $9.49)

Vegetable Cutter,Chopper,Grater & Julienne Slicer with Seven Interchangeable Stainless Blades for $34.99 (list price $26.99)

BLACK+DECKER CJ650W Citrus Juicer with 32 oz Plastic Jar, White for $17.99 (list price $19.99)

Aicok Kitchen Knife Block Set, German High Carbon Stainless Steel Knife Set with Wooden Block, 6 Pieces for $39.98 (list price $99.98)

Swing-A-Way Easy-Crank Can Opener with Folding Crank Handle, Black for $15.76 (list price $20.80)

Hamilton Beach 25490A Dual Breakfast Sandwich Maker for $29.99 (list price $39.99)

Evelots Magical Defrosting Tray - Thaw Frozen Food in Minutes! No Electricity for $12.99 (list price $25.00)

Libbey 6 Piece Glass Casserole Set for $27.64 (list price $39.99)

ChefLand 13 Piece Stainless Steel Bar Set/Professional Bar Tools Including Shaker/Jigger/Corkscrew/Speed Opener/Strainer for $14.99 (list price $17.95)

Zestkit 2-Piece 6-sided Stainless Steel Box Grater & Silicone Hand Guard Set (Black, Yellow) - Multipurpose for Vegetables, Fruits, Spices for $14.99 (list price $17.99)

ZZ S6161-S 4 in 1 Grill Griddle Olive and Sandwich Maker with 3 Sets of Detachable Non-stick Plates, Silver for $30.59 (list price $43.99)

Decen Pour Over Coffee and Tea Gooseneck Kettle, Stainless Steel Stovetop - 1.2 L for $17.99 (list price $48.89)

Lifewit Stainless Steel Onion Holder Slicer Chopper Gadget Vegetable Potato Holder & Stainless Steel Soap Odor Remover for $8.49 (list price $19.99)

Rose Levy Beranbaum's Heavenly Cake Strip, FDA-Approved Silicone, Fits 9-Inch Round and 8-Inch Square Cake Pans for $8.31

Breville RM-BFP800XL Sous Chef Food Processor, Brushed Silver (Certified Refurbished) for $249.99 (list price $319.99)

Stolzle 16.75-Ounce Eclipse All Purpose Wine, Set of 6 for $39.99 (list price $49.99)

Cook N Home 02435 Non-Stick Deep Sauté Fry Pan/Jumbo Cooker Cookware with Lid, 11", Black for $18.47 (list price $20.53)

Cooks Standard Multi-Ply Clad 10.5" Deep Saute Pan with Lid, 4 quart, Stainless Steel for $37.24 (list price $51.71)

Lifewit Garlic Press & Can Opener Set Kitchen Utensil Sets, Stainless Steel for $13.99 (list price $27.99)

Joseph Joseph CookBook Compact Folding Bookstand, White for $19.99 (list price $30.00)

Holife Vacuum Sealer, Silver Compact Food Saver Wet/Dry Vacuum Sealing System with Food Grade Starter Bags for $59.99 (list price $159.99)

Glass Teapot with Stainless Steel Infuser and Lid,26oz/750ml Borosilicate Ultralight High Heat Resistance Teapots for Flower Tea and Loose Leaf Tea Pot for $18.99 (list price $23.99)

Gotham Steel Tastic Bundle 7 Piece Cookware Set Titanium Ceramic Pan, Copper for $79.99 (list price $199.99)

Homewear 8-Piece HUDSON DAMASK China Storage Container Set, Navy for $29.99 (list price $68.00)

Ninja Professional Blender NJ601REF (Certified Refurbished) for $48.55 (list price $69.99)

Westinghouse WCM990W 900 Watt Counter Top Microwave Oven, 0.9 Cubic Feet, White Cabinet for $64.68 (list price $80.86)

DeLonghi Double Walled Thermo Cappuccino Glasses, 6 fl oz, Set of 2 for $14.99 (list price $17.95)

HOME

AmazonBasics Foldable Laundry Hamper for $12.99 (list price $17.99)

Honeywell HCM350B Germ Free Cool Mist Humidifier, Black for $49.99 (list price $64.99)

InnoGear 70ml USB Essential Oil Diffuser Aroma Diffusers Car Vehicle Air Refresher for Office Travel Home Vehicle for $15.99 (list price $39.99)

AIRCARE EP9 800 Digital Whole-House Pedestal-Style Evaporative Humidifier, Espresso for $99.99 (list price $138.35)

TV and Furniture Anti-Tip Straps Heavy Duty Strap and All Metal Parts | All Flat Screen TV/Furniture Mounting Hardware Included | No Plastic Parts (2 Pack, Black) for $13.59 (list price $29.99)

SentrySafe X055 Security Safe, 0.5 Cubic Feet, Black for $46.98 (list price $58.98)

Electrohome USB Charging Alarm Clock Radio with Time Projection, Battery Backup, Auto Time Set, Dual Alarm, 1.2 LED Display for Smartphones & Tablets (EAAC475) for $28.96 (list price $34.99)

Optimus H-1322 Portable 2-Speed Fan Heater with Thermostat for $13.99 (list price $24.79)

Radha Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser 200 ml - Wood And Glass Ultrasonic Cool Mist Aroma Humidifier with changing Colored LED Lights for $99.00 (list price $99.00)

PREMIUM Whisper Comforday Compact Dehumidifier - Portable, 500ml Capacity, BEST Air Dryer for Damp, Mould, Moisture in Home, Kitchen, Bedroom, Basement, Caravan, Office, Garage, easy MOISTURE ABSORBER for $34.99 (list price $49.99)

Radha Beauty Essential Oil Diffuser 7 colors - 120 ml Cool Mist Aroma Humidifier for Aromatherapy with changing Colored LED Lights, Portable, Waterless Auto Shut-off and Adjustable Mist mode for $29.99 (list price $29.99)

Set of 5 Mesh Laundry Bags-1 Jumbo, 2 Extra Large & 2 Medium for Laundry,Blouse, Hosiery, Stocking, Underwear, Bra and Lingerie, Travel Laundry Bag for $9.89 (list price $29.99)

BonyTek Temperature Hygrometer Digital LCD Display Electronic Humidity Sensor Thermometer Monitor Meter Indoor Outdoor Home Weather Station - Grey for $10.98 (list price $19.99)

AcuRite 00795A2 Galileo Thermometer with Glass Globe Barometer for $24.43 (list price $37.50)

Whitmor Garment & Drying Rack, Rust-Proof Guarantee, Premium Quality for $26.99 (list price $39.99)

Tide PODS Original Scent HE Turbo Laundry Detergent Pacs 81-load Tub for $19.97 (list price $21.30)

EveryDrop by Whirlpool Refrigerator Water Filter 4 (Pack of 1) for $44.99 (list price $47.35)

Whitmor 6779-3044 Double Rod Freestanding Closet with Steel and Resin Frame, 45.2 by 68-Inch, Silver for $40.16 (list price $47.99)

Swiffer 180 Dusters Refills Unscented 20 Count for $10.36 with on-screen coupon(list price $15.99)

HEALTH AND BEAUTY

Burt's Bees Sensitive Facial Cleansing Towelettes with Cotton Extract, 30 Count for $4.79 (list price $5.99)

Burt's Bees Daily Face Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin, 1.8 Ounces for $10.49 (list price $14.99)

Burt's Bees Tips and Toes Kit for $10.71 (list price $12.99)

Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Night Cream, 1.8 Ounces for $11.39 (list price $17.99)

St. Ives Timeless Skin Facial Moisturizer, Collagen Elastin 10 oz for $4.92 (list price $5.99)

L'Oreal Paris RevitaLift Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Night Cream, 1.7 Ounces for $10.72 (list price $17.99)

Amara Organics Retinol Cream for Face 2.5% with Hyaluronic Acid & Vitamins E & B5, 1.7 fl. oz for $19.95 (list price $29.95)

Pure Body Naturals Beauty Dead Sea Mud Mask for Facial Treatment, 250g / 8.8 fl.oz for $25.95 (list price $39.98)

Five Guards Synergy Essential Oils Blend - 30ml Therapeutic grade Thieves essential oil by Natural Riches. for $14.95 (list price $24.95)

Plant Therapy Lavender Essential Oil. 100% Pure, Undiluted, Therapeutic Grade. 10 ml (1/3 oz). for $19.95 (list price $19.95)

Rosehip Oil - 100% Pure Cold Pressed & Organic 4 fl. oz. - Best Moisturizer to heal Dry Skin & Fine Lines - Virgin Rose Hip Seed Oil For Face and Skin for $11.95 (list price $39.99)

Cocoa Butter - 120 grams (4 oz.) Moisturizing and Rich in Vitamins K & E for $8.15 (list price $11.65)

Pure Cocoa Butter Organic 17oz 100% Raw Unrefined Non-Deodorized Wafers with Vitamin E & Antioxidants - Cacao Body Butter for Pregnancy Stretch Marks & Scars - Moisturize & Nourish Dry Skin for $18.97 (list price $29.99)

Raw Apothecary – Shea Butter, 100% All Natural, Top-Grade, Unrefined and Additive Free Yellow Butter (1 Pound) for $12.95 (list price $16.95)

Raw Apothecary - African Black Soap Body Wash-Liquid, 100% All Natural, Cruelty Free and Unrefined (16 Ounces) for $13.95 (list price $17.95)

Raw Apothecary – Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, All-Natural Cooking Oil, Beauty Remedy and Hair Care Product (16.9 Ounces) for $11.95 (list price $16.95)

Vitafusion Melatonin Gummies, 140 Count for $11.19 (list price $12.99)

Vitafusion B12 Gummy Vitamins, 100 Count (Pack of 3) for $13.47 (list price $14.97)

Vitafusion MultiVites Gummy Vitamins, 70 Count (Pack of 3) for $14.67 (list price $17.97)

Vitafusion Prenatal, Gummy Vitamins, 90 Count for $8.99 (list price $12.00)

Colgate Total Advanced Pro-Shield Mouthwash, Peppermint, 16.9 fl oz (Pack of 6) for $20.82 (list price $26.94)

Benadryl Allergy Liqui-Gels, Dye-Free, 24 Count (Pack of 2) for $8.88 (list price $15.18)

Colgate My First Toothbrush, Ages 0-2, Extra Soft 7, Colors Vary (Pack of 6) for $12.06 (list price $13.68)

Philips SatinShave Advanced Wet & dry cordless shaver, 4 accessories for $32.95 with on-screen coupon (list price $39.99)

Aquaphor Advanced Therapy Healing Ointment Skin Protectant 14 Ounce Jar for $14.26 (list price $16.89)

Natrol Biotin Maximum Strength tablets, 10,000mcg , 100 count, (pack of 2) for $12.28 (list price $24.15)

Kirkland Signature USP Ibuprofen, 2 Bottles 200 mg of 500 Tablets Each for $11.82 (list price $12.99)

Diphenhydramine HCI 25 Mg - Kirkland Brand - Allergy Medicine and AntihistamineCompare to Active Ingredient of Benadryl® Allergy Generic - 600 Count for $8.90 (list price $19.99)

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Wash, 18 Fl. Oz for $6.99 (list price $8.00)

Retinol Surge Moisturizer- Retinol Cream 2.5% - 3.4 fl oz w Best Natural Ingredients Hyaluronic Acid Serum + Green Tea + Vitamins for Anti-Aging & Anti-Wrinkle & Even Skin Tone & Acne Care... for $39.99 (list price $39.99)

CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion, 12 oz. for $11.15 (list price $13.99)

CeraVe Moisturizers, Moisturizing Cream, 16 Ounce for $12.79 (list price $15.49)

OFFICE, SCHOOL, AND CRAFTS

Magnetic Whiteboard Eraser Set - 4 Color Pack - Dry Erase Whiteboard Cleaner Rubber Cloth Duster for Dry Wipe Pens and Markers - Strong Magnet Sticks to All Dry-erase White Boards - 4 x 2.3 x 0.8" for $19.95 (list price $19.95)

Tombow Mono Original Correction Tape, 10-Pack for $15.01 (list price $18.60)

Magnetic Whiteboard Dry Eraser Set of (12) for Cleaning Dry Erase Pens and Markers Off White Boards at Home - Office & School - 100% Guarantee - Another Quality Product from ItemMax (med, yellow) for $23.99 (list price $23.99)

Sticky Notes, Wotmic Easy Post 12 Pads/Pack, 100 Sheets/Pad, 3 inch X 3 inch, Squares 5 Colors Child Fresh for $14.99 (list price $19.99)

Scotch Precision Ultra Edge Scissors, 8 Inch, 3-Pack (1458-3AMZ) for $12.33 (list price $25.62)

Paper Mate InkJoy 300RT Retractable Ballpoint Pens, Medium Point, Black, 24 Count for $8.92 (list price $14.31)

Electric Pencil Sharpener, Etekcity Automatic Feed and Dispense (Silver, 10 pencils included) for $25.29 (list price $45.99)

Dland Computer Desk 47" Home Office PC Laptop Desk Studyinging Writing Reading Triangular Solid Table Modern Workstation, Walnut for $70.99 (list price $159.00)

uni-ball Vision Elite Rollerball Pens, Micro Point (0.5mm), Blue, 12 Count for $18.13 (list price $28.19)

Prismacolor Premier Double-Ended Art Markers, Fine and Brush Tip, 48-Count for $136.30 (list price $184.27)

ELEVATE EWS-M1 Standing Desk, 35-Inch, Black Hardwood for $246.97 (list price $450.98)

Mr. Sketch Washable Scented Watercolor Markers, Chisel-Tip, Assorted Colors, 64-Count for $45.59 (list price $70.50)

Play-Doh Starter Set for $6.99 (list price $11.99)

Dritz 20000 Little Miss "My-Double" Child-Size Dressform, Child for $163.27 (list price $189.25)

Huluwa Markers Painting Drawing Children Makers Set, Easy to clean, Washable, Non-Toxic Safe for Toddlers, Kids and Children, 24 Colors for $18.99 (list price $23.00)

36 Gel Pen Set For Adult Colouring Books: 36 Unique Gelly Roll Pens Including 12 Glitter Pens 10 Metallic Pens 6 Neon Pens 6 Pastel Pens. Perfectly Smooth Ink Flow Acid Free Fast Drying. for $24.99 (list price $24.99)

Sulyn Glitter Sample Pack for $3.61 (list price $4.99)

ArtSkills Glitter Shakers, 0.19 Ounces Each, 8 Pieces, 1 Craft Glue, 0.95 Fluid Ounces (PA-1208) for $5.28 (list price $6.99)

Tanmit Glitter Gel Pens, 96 Gel Colored Pen Set with Grip Including 48 Unique Sparkly Colors & 48 Refills for Adult Coloring Books Crafting Doodling Drawing Art for $30.00 (list price $30.00)

Outus Glitter Vinyl Heat Transfer Paper and PU Heat Transfer Vinyl, 10 by 10 Inches, 8 Colors, 8 Sheets for $19.88 (list price $29.88)

Laptop Stickers [100 pcs], Bezgar Car Stickers Motorcycle Bicycle Luggage Decal Graffiti Patches Skateboard Stickers for Laptop - Random Sticker Pack for $9.99 (list price $19.99)

X-ACTO SchoolPro Classroom Electric Pencil Sharpener, Heavy Duty, Blue/Grey for $21.99 (list price $29.00)

Dust-Off Disposable Compressed Gas Duster, 10 oz Cans, 2 Pack for $12.44 (list price $13.59)

FrogTape 240709 Painting Tape for Textured Surfaces, 1.41-Inch x 45-Yard Roll with 6 oz. Sealer for $11.98 (list price $17.99)

SINGER 7258 100-Stitch Computerized Sewing Machine with DVD, 10 Presser Feet and Metal Frame for $157.72 (list price $299.99)

SINGER 2259 Tradition Easy-to-Use Free-Arm 19-Stitch Sewing Machine for $97.14 (list price $129.00)


OUTDOORS, GARDEN, AND SPORTS

BLACK+DECKER LST420 20V MAX Lithium High Performance Trimmer and Edger, 12" for $74.99 (list price $99.99)

Etekcity 4 Pack Portable Outdoor LED Camping Lantern with 12 AA Batteries (Black, Collapsible) for $19.99 (list price $79.99)

InnoGear Upgraded Solar Lights 2-in-1 Waterproof Outdoor Landscape Lighting Spotlight Wall Light Auto On/Off for Yard Garden Driveway Pathway Pool for $24.99 (list price $99.99)

Nokero N233 Solar Light-Lantern for $15.99 (list price $19.99)

Portable Water Filter Filtration Straw Purifier Survival Gear, Etekcity 1500L Emergency Camping Equipment 3-stage filtration , 0.01 Micron, Survival Kit Supplies for $18.99 (list price $29.99)

Gerber Gator Combo Axe II [22-41420] for $29.40 (list price $34.60)

LightsEtc 72ft 200 LED White Solar String Lights LED Fairy Lights Christmas Lights Ambiance Lighting with Pure Wire for Gardens, Homes, Christmas Party for $12.99 (list price $80.32)

Liberty Garden Products 703-1 Multi-Purpose Steel Wall and Floor Mount Garden Hose Reel, Holds 200-Feet of 5/8-Inch Hose - Tan for $67.99 (list price $99.99)

Life Gear 80 Lumen 2-in-1 LED Spotlight Flashlight and Lantern, Water and Impact Resistant, Portable Outdoor LED Area Light Outdoor or Home Use, Batteries Included, 7 Modes for $15.99 (list price $19.99)

Mpow Solar Lights, 2-Pack LED Motion Sensor Wall Light Bright Weatherproof Wireless Security Outdoor Light with Motion Activated ON/OFF for Step, Garden, Yard, Deck for $23.99 (list price $34.99)

Gerber Bear Grylls Survival Bracelet [31-001773] for $8.09 (list price $10.26)

BLACK+DECKER LE750 Edge Hog 2-1/4 HP Electric Landscape Edger and Trencher for $62.52 (list price $79.99)

Qually United - a Must Have 18" Best BBQ Grill Brush 3 in 1, Durable and Effective, Barbecue Grill Brush Bristles are Made of Stainless Steel Woven Wire for $13.95 (list price $39.95)

Suncast SC3250 18-Inch Snow Shovel/Pusher Combo with Ergonomic Shaped Handle And Wear Strip, Green for $26.28 (list price $35.91)

eBags Packing Cubes - 3pc Set (Aquamarine) for $21.99 (list price $40.00)

Champion Sports Multi-Sport Net Pitch Back Screen for $58.99 (list price $77.57)

Schwinn 430 Elliptical Machine for $519.00 (list price $999.00)

Aegend Balaclava Ski Face Mask Polyester Fleece for Women Men Youth Tactical Balaclava Hood for Motorcycle Snowboard Cycling Outdoors in Winter Neck Warmer or Lightweight Windproof Hat-Black, 1 Piece for $9.99 (list price $32.99)

CAP Barbell Cap Weighted Vest for Women, 30 lb for $59.99 (list price $69.26)

Lightspeed Outdoors Quick Canopy Instant Pop Up Shade Tent for $81.92 (list price $99.99)

AVANTEK HD Folding Compact 8X22 Binoculars, High Power Portable Waterproof, Mini Pocket Telescopes for Sport and Travel for $17.99 (list price $25.00)

Booms Fishing H1027 Fishing Pliers and Fish Gripper Combo for $11.99 (list price $23.99)

Driftsun Expanded Width Deluxe Stadium Seat / Folding Reclining Bleacher Chair with Back / Sport Chair Reclines Perfect for Bleachers, Lawns, and Backyards (Extra Wide - Blue) for $69.99 (list price $119.99)

GoPets Dematting Comb with 2 Sided Professional Grooming Rake for Cats & Dogs for $21.00 (list price $44.99)

ELECTRONICS

NETGEAR Nighthawk X4 Ultimate Gaming Router - AC2350 4X4 MU-MIMO Dual Band WiFi Gigabit Router (R7500v2) with Open Source Support, Works with Amazon Alexa for $129.99 (list price $219.99)

Corsair Gaming MM800 POLARIS RGB LED Lighting Hard Mouse Pad for $39.99 (list price $59.99)

HyperX Cloud Pro Gaming Headset - Silver - with In-Line Audio Control for PS4, Xbox One, and PC (HX-HSCL-SR/NA) for $63.99 (list price $79.99)

Corsair Gaming K70 LUX Mechanical Keyboard, Backlit Red LED, Cherry MX Blue for $84.99 (list price $119.99)

Corsair Vengeance K65 Compact Mechanical Gaming Keyboard for $49.99 (list price $89.99)

iBUYPOWER AM500G Gaming Desktop - Intel i7-6700 Quad Core 3.4GHz, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB HDD, 24X DVD, NVIDIA GTX 1060 6GB, Wi-Fi USB Adapter, Windows 10 Home 64-Bit for $999.99 (list price $1,299.00)

Razer DeathAdder Essential - Ergonomic PC Gaming Mouse - Comfortable Grip for $32.99 (list price $39.99)

Logitech G13 Programmable Gameboard with LCD Display for $38.99 (list price $62.94)

MSI Gaming Monitor 27" Curved non-Glare LED Wide Screen 1920 x 1080 144Hz Refresh Rate (Optix G27C) for $254.99 (list price $299.99)

Linksys WRT AC3200 Open Source Dual-Band Gigabit Smart Wireless Router with MU-MIMO, Tri-Stream 160 (WRT3200ACM) for $159.99 (list price $249.99)

Acer Aspire VX 15 Gaming Laptop, 7th Gen Intel Core i7, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, 15.6 Full HD, 16GB DDR4, 256GB SSD, VX5-591G-75RM for $999.99 (list price $1,049.99)

TOOLS

Gerber Instant Knife, Assisted Opening [30-000752] for $24.70 (list price $44.85)

DEWALT DW1361 Titanium Pilot Point Drill Bit Set, 21-Piece for $20.49 (list price $24.99)

BLACK+DECKER BDCDDBT120C SMARTECH 20V MAX Lithium Single Speed Drill/Driver for $69.99 (list price $89.99)

Gerber EVO Tanto Knife, Serrated Edge, Large [31-001755] for $25.84 (list price $39.00)

OxyLED MD50 Super Bright LED Flashlight Bundle with Rechargeable Batteries, AC Charger + Charging Base and White Tube, Black for $15.99 (list price $36.99)

Gerber Paraframe Mini Knife, Fine Edge, Stainless Steel [22-48485] for $7.97 (list price $13.00)

Gerber Infinity Ultra Task LED Flashlight, Black [22-80012] for $14.63 (list price $28.36)

Damaged Screw Remover and Extractor Set by Hitecera - Set of 4 Stripped Screw Removers for $11.88 (list price $12.95)

ETA hand2mind 8" Magnetic Wands, Set of 6 for $12.80 (list price $14.32)

Digital Humidity and Temperature Meter, GoerTek Thermometer Hygrometer monitor for Indoor and Outdoor, Min/Max Hold, Hand-held LCD Backlight with one 9V Battery Included for $20.29 (list price $32.99)

URPOWER Motion Sensor Light, Motion-sensing Battery Powered LED Stick-Anywhere Nightlight, Wall Light for $13.99 (list price $23.99)

Stanley 90-949 10-Inch MaxSteel Adjustable Wrench for $9.84 (list price $19.49)

Makita XT273R 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Compact Cordless 2-Pc. Combo Kit (2.0Ah) for $174.00 (list price $259.00)

Stanley 12-404 No. 4 Adjustable Bench Plane with 2-Inch Cutter for $19.06 (list price $30.14)

WISLIFE Cut Resistant Gloves ;Level 5 Protection, Food Grade,EN388 Certified, Safty Gloves for Hand protection and yard-work, Kitchen Glove for Cutting and slicing,1 pair (Large) for $8.99 (list price $19.98)

Dremel 710-08 All-Purpose Rotary Accessory Kit, 160-Piece for $18.65 (list price $44.74)

Newborn 250 Super Smooth Rod Revolving Frame Caulking Gun, 1/10-Gallon Cartridge Capacity, 18:1 Thrust Ratio for $18.64 (list price $20.85)

Stanley SL3WAKS LED Alkaline Spotlight for $9.88 (list price $16.44)

Stanley Tools and Consumer Storage STST13331 Essential Toolbox, 12.5", Black/Yellow for $5.58 (list price $10.00)

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This Week's Best Amazon Deals You Can Still Get
April 30, 2017
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As a recurring feature, we share some amazing Amazon deals we’ve turned up. These items were the ones that were the most popular with our readers this week, and they’re still available.

Mental Floss has affiliate relationships with certain retailers (including Amazon) and may receive a small percentage of any sale. But we only get commission on items you buy and don’t return, so we’re only happy if you’re happy. Good luck deal hunting!

GADGETS, TOYS, AND MEDIA

Bluetooth Headphones, Hussar Magicbuds Best Wireless Sports Earphones with Mic, IPX7 Waterproof, HD Sound with Bass, Noise Cancelling, Secure Fit, Up to 9 Hours of Play for iPhone Android (Upgraded) for $29.99 (list price $169.99)

Portable Chargers RAVPower 16750mAh External Battery Pack 4.5A Dual USB Output External Phone Charger Battery Bank Power Bank (iSmart 2.0 Technology) for Nintendo Switch, iPhone 7, Galaxy S8 - Black for $27.99 (list price $99.99)

WizGear Universal Air Vent Magnetic Car Mount Holder with Fast Swift-Snap Technology for Smartphones and Mini Tablets, Black for $7.99 (list price $19.99)

Firstbuy Multi Device Bamboo Charging Station Original Electronics Charging Station & Organizer for iPad, iPhone,Tablets, Smartphones &Cords Organizer Stand&Other Gadgets,Strong Build of Eco Bamboo for $23.99 (list price $69.99)

Apple Watch Band, 42mm iWatch Band Strap Premium Vintage Genuine Leather Replacement Watchband with Secure Metal Clasp Buckle for Apple Watch Sport Edition (Black) for $20.99 (list price $28.99)

Syncwire iPhone Charger Lightning Cable 3.3ft -[Apple MFi Certified] Series - Sync & Charging Cord for iPhone 7 Plus 6S Plus 6 Plus SE 5S 5C 5, iPad 2 3 4 Mini Air Pro, iPod -White for $8.99 (list price $20.00)

VicTsing Shower Speaker, Wireless Waterproof Speaker with 5W Drive, Suction Cup, Buit-in Mic, Hands-Free Speakerphone - Army Green for $18.99 (list price $24.99)

LilGadgets CarBuddy Universal Headrest Tablet Mount (For 7"-11" devices such as iPad, Galaxy, Note, Fire, Nook, and Surface tablets) for $15.95 (list price $27.95)

Portable Chargers Intocircuit 11200mAh Power Banks 4.8A Dual USB Output Battery Pack External Battery Bank for Smartphones Tablets - iPhone 7 Plus / 7 / 6s / iPad, Bluetooh Speakers and more, Gray for $15.99 (list price $22.99)

iClever BoostCube 4.8A 24W Dual USB Travel Wall Charger with SmartID Technology, Foldable Plug, White for $10.99 (list price $29.99)

SoundBot SB510 HD Water Proof Bluetooth 3.0 Speaker, Mini Water Resistant Wireless Shower Speaker, Handsfree Portable Speakerphone with Built-in Mic for $14.95 (list price $20.16)

Anker PowerLine+ USB-C to USB 3.0 cable (6ft), High Durability, for USB Type-C Devices Including the new MacBook, ChromeBook Pixel, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nokia N1 Tablet, OnePlus 2 and More for $15.99 (list price $25.99)

Anker PowerCore+ mini, 3350mAh Lipstick-Sized Portable Charger (3rd Generation, Premium Aluminum Power Bank), One of the Most Compact External Batteries for $13.99 (list price $39.99)

Bluetooth Headphones, Hussar Magicbuds Best Wireless Sports Earphones with Mic, IPX7 Waterproof, HD Sound for $26.99 (list price $169.99)

iMuto 20000mAh Portable Charger Compact External Battery Power Pack Power Bank with Smart LED Digital Display and Smart Charge (Black) for $23.99 (list price $29.99)

Trianium Armband For iPhone 7/6/6S Plus, LG G6 G5, Galaxy s8 s7 s6 Edge, Note 5 (fits Otterbox Defender / Lifeproof case) ArmTrek Pro Sport Exercise Running Pouch Key Holder for $12.99 (list price $20.97)

SENSO Bluetooth Headphones Wireless Sports Earphones - w/ Mic, IPX7 Waterproof, HD Stereo Sweatproof Earbuds, for Gym Running Workout, 8 Hour Battery, Noise Cancelling Headsets for $37.97 (list price $169.99)

Anker PowerCore 10400 Portable Charger with PowerIQ for iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy and More (Black) for $29.99 (list price $49.99)

Oliasports Fidget Cube Relieves Stress & Anxiety, Black for $2.50 (list price $29.00)

LEGO Classic Creative Supplement 10693 for $13.99 (list price $19.99)

CardNinja Ultra-slim Self Adhesive Credit Card Wallet for Smartphones, Black for $7.44 (list price $12.99)

KITCHEN

Sandwich Cutter Taidea Best Adorable Animals Pocket Bread Cutter, Hand Tools Sandwich Kit for $9.99 (list price $39.99)

Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill for $34.99 (list price $44.99)

Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker, 6Qt/1000W for $99.99 

Plater Fast Defrosting Tray - Defrost Meat or Frozen Food Quickly Without Electricity, Microwave, Hot Water or Any Other Tools for $18.90 (list price $32.90)

Lodge L9OG3 Cast Iron Round Griddle, Pre-Seasoned, 10.5-inch for $14.29 (list price $24.00)

Lifewit Height Adjustable Pan Pot Organizer Rack, 5-Tier Kitchenware Cookware Holder for $24.99 (list price $49.99)

Rubbermaid Easy Find Lid Food Storage Container, BPA-Free Plastic, 6-Piece Set for $6.18

BlenderBottle Classic Loop Top Shaker Bottle, Clear/Green, 28-Ounce Loop Top for $6.99 (list price $7.99)

Modern Innovations 16 Inch Stainless Steel Magnetic Knife Bar for $16.95 (list price $29.99)

Yummy Sam Lid and Spoon Rest, Utensils Lid Holder in Silver for $8.99 (list price $10.19)

6 Reusable K-Cups - Refillable Stainless Mesh Coffee Filter Pod for Keurig 2.0 and 1.0 Machines by STYDDI for $9.99 (list price $16.99)

Meat Tenderizer By Checkered Chef. Best Hammer/Mallet Tool/Pounder For Tenderizing Steak,Beef And Poultry. Solid Metal Construction With Rubber Comfort Grip Handle. 100% Dishwasher Safe. for $10.87 (list price $19.95)

Fat Ninja Extra Large Roll Up Dish Drying Rack (19.8 x 14in) Over the Sink Stainless Steel Tier Drainer including Set of 2 Microfiber Kitchen Towels for $16.77 (list price $28.99)

Rubbermaid 17.3 Cup FreshWorks Produce Saver Food Storage Container, Large, Green for $11.24 (list price $16.99)

ISSIKI JAPAN Professional 8 Inch Chef's Knife, High Carbon Stainless Steel, Sharp Cutlery, Ergonomic Handlefor $29.99 (list price $125.00)

OXO Good Grips Nylon Potato Masher for Non-Stick Cookware for $6.99 (list price $9.59)

Norpro Honey/Syrup Dispenser for $15.99 (list price $34.35)

Corelle Livingware 12-1/4-Inch Serving Platter, Winter Frost White for $7.97 (list price $13.01)

Bellemain Stainless Steel Measuring Cup Set, 6 Piece for $18.95 (list price $24.95)

Cuisinart CIL22-30HR CastLite Non-Stick Cast Iron Fry Pan with Helper, 12-Inch, Red for $49.95 (list price $62.29)

Culina Fine Mesh Stainless Steel Strainers, Silver, Set of 3 for $7.99 (list price $12.99)

Top Rated Bellemain Cooling Rack - Baking Rack , Chef Quality 12 inch x 17 inch - Tight-Grid Design, Oven Safe, Fits Half Sheet Cookie Pan for $11.95 (list price $18.95)

Baker's Secret 1061483 10-by-16-Inch Nonstick Cooling Rack, Set of 2 for $6.00 (list price $19.99)

Prepworks by Progressive Berry Keeper for $7.99 (list price $9.49)

Prepworks by Progressive Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Keeper - 1.9 Quart for $9.96 (list price $11.99)

Oster TSSTTRJBG1 Jelly Bean 2-Slice Toaster, Grey for $29.99 (list price $34.99)

Prepworks by Progressive Lettuce Keeper - 4.7 Quart for $11.99 (list price $12.99)

Norpro Stainless Steel Commercial Potato Ricer for $27.84 (list price $43.99)

Stainless Steel Kitchen Funnel with Removable Strainer/Filter for Essential/Cooking Oils, Flask Funnel for Transferring of Liquid, Fluid, Dry Ingredients & Powder, 5- Inch,Silver - HOXHA for $9.98 (list price $23.68)

POPCO Silicone Microwave Popcorn Popper with Handles for $9.99 (list price $34.99)

VonShef 7- Egg Electric Cooker Stainless Steel with Poacher & Steamer Attachment for $19.94 (list price $34.99)

ChefLand 3-Compartment Microwave Safe Food Container with Lid/Divided Plate/Bento Box/Lunch Tray with Cover, Black, 10-Pack for $6.78 (list price $19.95)

DRAGONN Zester Grater Sharp Stainless Steel Blade with Black Handle, Safety Cover and Rubber Footings for $9.95 (list price $19.95)

Accuweight Digital Multifunction Food Meat Scale with LCD Display Perfect for Baking Kitchen Cooking, 11lb Capacity by 0.1oz, Tempered Glass surface, Black for $9.49 (list price $49.99)

Best Ice Cube Trays - 2 Large Silicone Pack - 16 Giant 2 Inch Ice Cubes Molds for $12.99 (list price $29.99)

Banana Hook - Ripen Bananas Naturally with Under Cabinet Banana Hanger / Banana Holder. Self-stick and Adheres Under Cabinets. for $6.00 (list price $11.99)

HOME

The Original Hayden Autosoap - Premium Automatic Touchless Soap Dispenser - Fingerprint Resistant Brushed Stainless Steel - Hand Sanitiser compatible - (NEW Waterproof Base!) for $29.00 (list price $69.95)

Organize It All 2-Tier Shelf with Towel Bars (1753W-1) for $14.25 (list price $30.02)

Pregnancy Pillow, Full Body Maternity Pillow w/ Contoured U-Shape by Lavish Home, Back Support for $33.49 (list price $99.99)

AmazonBasics Wood Suit Hangers - 30 Pack, Natural for $20.82 (list price $23.99)

InnoGear IG-100ml-OD Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser for $29.28 (list price $35.43)

VonShef 8 Piece Set 4 x Placemats, 4 x Coasters, Natural Slate for $17.95 (list price $49.99)

Adjustable Heavy Duty Bed Sheet Grippers Holders Cover Suspenders (Set of 4) for $8.99 (list price $11.99)

Mellanni Bed Sheet Set - Brushed Microfiber 1800 Bedding - Wrinkle, Fade, Stain Resistant - Hypoallergenic - 4 Piece (Cal King, White) for $32.70 (list price $59.99)

VonHaus 600W 2-in-1 Corded Upright Stick & Handheld Vacuum Cleaner with HEPA Filtration - Includes Crevice Tool & Brush Accessories for $44.95 (list price $79.99)

AmazonBasics Microfiber Sheet Set - Queen, Dark Grey for $16.98 (list price $19.99)

GORILLA GRIP Rectangle (35-Inch-by-16-Inch) Non-Slip Machine Washable Bath Mat, Blue for $12.99 (list price $29.99)

AcuRite 02081M Weather Station with Jumbo Display & Atomic Clock for $40.01 (list price $49.99)

Ziraki Memory Foam Lumbar Cushion - Premium Lumbar Lower Back Pain Lumbar Pillow, Protect and Soothe Your Back - Improve Your Posture - Soft & Firm Balanced Lumbar Support Pillow for $15.95 (list price $29.99)

Equinox International Queen/Standard Size 17 X 25-Inches Shredded Memory Foam Pillow with Removable Bamboo Soft Pillow Case for $15.95 (list price $39.99)

Royal Classic Kitchen Towels, 15-Pack, 100% Natural Cotton, 14 x 25 inches (15 Pack) for $13.97 (list price $29.99)

HOPDAY Wash Bags, Delicates Mesh laundry Bags, Super Premium Quality Bra lingerie Protection Washing Drying Bag with Rust Proof Flow Zipper, Set of 6 (3 Medium & 3 Large)-Black & White for $9.89 (list price $19.99)

LiBa Mildew Resistant Anti-Bacterial PEVA 8G Shower Curtain Liner, 72x72 Clear - Non Toxic, Eco-Friendly, No Chemical Odor, Rust Proof Grommets for $10.99 (list price $29.99)

Habor Digital Hygrometer Thermometer Indoor Humidity Monitor with Temperature Gauge Humidity Meter for $10.99 (list price $17.99)

Whitmor 6779-3044 Double Rod Freestanding Closet with Steel and Resin Frame, 45.2 by 68-Inch, Silver for $40.16 (list price $47.99)

Lysol Disinfecting Wipes Value Pack, Lemon & Lime Blossom, 240 Wipes (3 Packs of 80 Wipes) for $8.97 (list price $13.99)

NMR 9087 Pink Floyd Dark Side Decorative Poster for $5.37 (list price $8.95)

HEALTH AND BEAUTY

Nerdwax Stop Slipping Glasses as Seen on Shark Tank for $10.99 (list price $14.99)

Doctor's Best High Absorption Magnesium Dietary Supplement, 200 mg per 2 tablets, 240 Tablets for $15.37 (list price $29.99)

Bvlgari By Bvlgari For Men Eau-de-toilette Spray, 3.4 Ounce for $38.77 (list price $88.00)

Colgate Wisp Portable Mini-Brush Max Fresh, Peppermint, 24 Count for $3.41 (list price $7.99)

NIVEA Smooth Daily Moisture Body Lotion 16.9 Fluid Ounce for $4.99 (list price $7.99)

Gardinesca Beard Oil for $12.99 (list price $31.99)

Foot Soak with Tea Tree Oil and Epsom Salt - 20 oz - Tea Tree Essential Oils Foot Bath for $14.95 (list price $21.95)

"Touch Me" Dry Skin Body Brush - Natural Bristle for $6.99 (list price $14.99)

ArtNaturals Aromatherapy Top 8 Essential Oils, 100% Pure of The Highest Quality, Therapeutic Grade for $16.95 (list price $20.00)

Daily Power Scrub Facial Cleanser For Men - 8 OZ - Face Wash + Energizing Toner + Exfoliating Scrub All-In-One - Natural & Certified Organic Ingredients for $24.95 (list price $39.00)

Arabica Coffee Scrub 15 oz, Anjou Body Scrub with Honey, Sea Salt, VB, VE for $8.99 (list price $35.99)

Gillette Fusion5 ProGlide Men’s Razor Blades 8 Refills - Packaging May Vary, Mens Razors / Blades for $29.97 (list price $35.71)

Active Wow Teeth Whitening Charcoal Powder Natural for $24.99 (list price $29.99)

Bed Head Deep Waver for $19.90 (list price $27.99)

Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm, Cherry Me, 0.15 Ounce for $2.79 (list price $4.49)

Gillette Series 3X Action Shave Gel, Sensitive, 7 Ounce (Pack of 6) for $12.48 (list price $23.94)

Crest 3D White Luxe Whitestrip Teeth Whitening Kit, Glamorous White, 14 Treatments - Packaging May Vary for $34.40 (list price $44.99)

Philips Norelco Bodygroom Series 7100, BG2040 for $59.95 (list price $69.99)

Tweezerman LTD Stainless Steel Mini Slant Tweezer (Colors May Vary) for $9.19 (list price $14.00)

Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Exfoliating Daily Scrub, 5 Oz for $4.78 (list price $7.69)

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge (2 sponges in each pack) for $8.24 (list price $10.99)

GNC Mega Men Energy & Metabolism Tablets, 90 Count for $9.99 (list price $22.99)

Dial Antibacterial Deodorant Bar Soap, White, 4 Ounce Bars, 10 Count (Pack of 3) for $14.64 (list price $18.93)

Nexcare Absolute Waterproof First Aid Tape, 1-Inch x 5-Yard Roll (Pack of 6) for $20.28 (list price $28.54)

BESTOPE Blackhead Remover Pimple Comedone Extractor Tool Best Acne Removal Kit for $9.99 (list price $19.99)

OFFICE, SCHOOL, AND CRAFTS

Honey-Can-Do TBL-03539 Portable Laptop Lap Desk with Handle, Blue, 23 L x 16 W x 2.5 H for $16.24 (list price $26.99)

MagniViz Magnifying Glass with Light and Stand - Handheld or Hands Free LED Lighted Magnifier (3x) - Bonus Cloth for $8.99 (list price $19.99)

Kate Spade New York "Let's Do Lunch" Business Card Holder for $19.00 (list price $20.00)

SUDEE STILE Colored Pencils 120 Unique Colors (No Duplicates) Art Drawing Colored Pencils Set with Case with Sharpener for $23.99 (list price $95.96)

ALEX Toys Little Hands Ready Set Paste for $6.49 (list price $12.00)

Officemate Designer Paper Clip Dispenser with Heavy Duty Magnet, Clear (93695) for $9.45 (list price $12.18)

ALEX Toys DIY Wear So Many Headbands, 10 headbands for $13.54 (list price $29.50)

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When the FBI Went After Mad Magazine
April 29, 2017
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In a memo dated November 30, 1957, an agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation identified as “A. Jones” raised an issue of critical importance: "Several complaints to the Bureau have been made concerning the 'Mad' comic book [sic], which at one time presented the horror of war to readers."

Attached to the document were pages taken from a recent issue of Mad that featured a tongue-in-cheek game about draft dodging. Players who earned such status were advised to write to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover and request a membership card certifying themselves as a “full-fledged draft dodger.” At least three readers, the agent reported, did exactly that.

Mad, of course, was the wildly popular satirical magazine that was reaching upwards of a million readers every other month. Published by William Gaines, who had already gotten into some trouble with Congress when he was called to testify about his gruesome horror comics in 1954, Mad lampooned everyone and everything. But in name-checking the notoriously humorless Hoover, Gaines had invited the wrong kind of attention.

The memo got several facts incorrect: Mad had switched from a comic book to a magazine format in 1955, and it was Gaines’ E.C. Comics that had “presented the horror of war” in other titles. Despite getting these crucial pieces of information wrong, Jones didn’t hesitate to editorialize: "It is also of interest to note that…it is rather unfunny.”

The agent recommended the Bureau’s New York offices “make contact” with Mad’s headquarters to “advise them of our displeasure” and to make sure “that there be no repetition of such misuse of the Director’s name.”

Less than a week later, the Feds entered the hallowed hallways patrolled by Alfred E. Neuman. Their New York office would later report to Hoover directly that they had met with John Putnam, the magazine’s art director. (Conveniently, Gaines was not in that day.) Putnam told the agents he regretted the magazine using Hoover’s name and that nothing malicious was intended:

Putnam said that the use of the membership card and the name and address of the Director at the end of the game was referred to in their business as a 'gag' or 'kicker' in the same way that a comedian like Bob Hope or Milton Berle might use it.

Putnam swore that Mad would never again take Hoover’s name in vain; Gaines sent off a letter of sincere apology to the Director.

The Smoking Gun

Just two years later, in January 1960, Agent A. Jones was forced to file a second notice about the shenanigans at Mad. A recent issue had made not one, but two derogatory mentions of Hoover, including one in which he is blatantly and disrespectfully portrayed as being associated with a vacuum cleaner, “The Honorable J. Edgar Electrolux”:  

Obviously, Gaines was insincere in this promise…and has again placed the Director in a position of ridicule…it is felt we should contact Gaines…and firmly and severely admonish them concerning our displeasure…

It was by now clear Mad was not only polluting young minds, but that Gaines had absolutely no regard for the honorable Hoover’s position.

In June 1961, the FBI’s worst fears had been realized. Detailing an investigation into a Seattle-area extortion attempt led to the following:

Investigation … resulted in gaining admissions from the victim’s 12-year-old son and an 11-year-old companion that they had gotten the idea of preparing an extortion letter after reading the June issue of 'Mad' magazine.   

Working in concert with the Buffalo field office, the FBI determined another letter had been sent by a young boy demanding money in the style of a recent issue’s extortion advice. And there was a third under review that was sent to the agent of some professional wrestlers.

Mad was quickly becoming the scourge of the federal government. The FBI suggested the magazine be brought to the attention of the Attorney General for “instructing [readers] to deliberately violate the Federal Law.” They tried reaching out to Gaines, who was on vacation. (Time and again, Gaines simply not being in the office when called upon seemed to confound the FBI.)

Agent A. Jones, having exhausted all attempts to reason with these irresponsible anarchists, filed one last memo:

Despite assurances, they have continued to publish slurring remarks about the Bureau. In view of this situation, it was deemed useless to protest all such irresponsible remarks to a magazine of this poor judgment and capriciousness … we will have to wait and see if our action will result in increased discretion by this publication.

Poor A. Jones was unable to put an end to Mad’s reign of terror. But the magazine redeemed itself somewhat. In the 1970s, when the Bureau was trying to suppress the influence of the Ku Klux Klan, an agent suggested they copy and distribute a sticker from the magazine that read, “Support Mental Illness—Join the Klan!”

Hoover said no.

Additional Sources:
The Smoking Gun.

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