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There's Still Time to Save 15% on mental_floss Gifts!

Mangesh & Jason

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9 Odd and Unusual Soaps

Miss Cellania

When you need to buy a gift for a person who doesn't want anything specific, items that can be used up are always welcome.

Tuesday Turnip

David K. Israel

In case you're not familiar with the Turnip, it's a whimsical Google search, wherein I type a random phrase and we see what kind of interesting pages "turn-up." As always with thi

Brain Game: Math Square #6

The nine squares inside the main red grid should be filled with the digits 1 through 9. Each digit should appear only once in the mail grid. One of these numbers (the 8) is already provided for you.

Meanwhile, at the mental_floss Store...

Jason English

The _flossers who run our retail store/distribution center/business office in Chesterland, Ohio, have been extra busy this holiday season, so mental_floss co-founder/president/publisher Will Pearson f

Morning Cup of Links: Octopus Tools

Miss Cellania

Monsanto holds patents on genes contained in 95 percent of all soybeans and 80 percent of all corn grown in the U.S.

The Late Movies: Submit to the Cuteness

Ransom Riggs

Some people complain about how much internet bandwidth is consumed by inane videos of kittens, puppies, panda bears and babies doing adorable things.

The Quick 10: 10 Defunct Advertising Characters

Stacy Conradt

We all know that Mickey Mouse is the figurehead for the Disney company and Ronald McDonald is the recognized face of his namesake fast food chain. But it wasn't always that way!

Sesame Street + Philip Glass = Crazy Brain Explosion

Chris Higgins

In 1979, Philip Glass composed some music for Sesame Street; the music was used to back geometric animations showing how a simple circle could be subdivided and repeated to make more complex shapes an

Sneak Peek #3: My LOVE Don't Cost a Thing

Mangesh Hattikudur

The new Jan/Feb issue hits newsstands this week, and we've got another preview for you.

6 Christmas Firsts

Kara Kovalchik

Do you know which president put up the first White House Christmas Tree? Ever wonder which department store hosted the first department store Santa?

Menorah or Chanukiyah?

David K. Israel

Most people are familiar with the Chanukah menorah's nine branches—one for each night, plus the tall, center branch for the shamash (literally "the attendant").

Tata Swach

Miss Cellania

Ratan Tata was once inspired to build a cheap car when he saw a family of four balanced on a bicycle in his native India.

Internet Addiction in Asia

Ransom Riggs

There's some debate over whether "internet addiction" is even properly classifiable as a behavioral disorder, but if it is, there's certainly a not-insignificant percentage of folk

Brain Game: The Ponders

The Ponders are a five-on-five intramural basketball team. Last week, they won a game 87-83. All five of their starters scored, and none of the bench players saw any action.

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