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Dietribes: Salt Water Taffy

Allison Keene

• First, some mythology: as one story goes, in 1883 a huge storm hit Atlantic City (this isn't the spurious part!) and flooded the boardwalk and the shops, including a whole stock of taffy.

Did John Smoltz Burn Himself While Ironing the Shirt He Was Wearing?

Jason English

Any conversation about bizarre sports injuries eventually turns to John Smoltz, who supposedly burned himself while trying to iron the shirt he was wearing in 1990.

Brain Game: We're Growing!

Here's a brand new Word Ladder for today's Wednesday Wordplay segment at the mentalfloss.com Brain Game.

Morning Cup of Links: Pink Light, Blue People

Miss Cellania

Behold, a wheelchair that can be completely controlled just by facial muscles. This could mean movement, freedom, and so much more for paralysis victims. * Bricks of War.

Tori Amos' Real-Life Stint as a Cornflake Girl

Stacy Conradt

Long before Tori Amos sang “Cornflake Girl,” she was Cornflake Girl. Back in 1984, when Tori was just 21, she beat out Sarah Jessica Parker to star in ads for Kellogg’s Just Right, a breakfast cere

The Late Movies: The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!

Erica Palan

On this date in 1985, Americans were introduced to the Nintendo Entertainment System. And thank goodness!

Quantum-Locked Superconducting Floating Discs Will Freak You Out

Chris Higgins

Short version: prepare to have your mind blown by scientastic weirdness (also known as "quantum levitation").

Occupy Wall Street? There's an App for that!

David K. Israel

Yesterday's post about first world problems continues today as I've just learned that there's a new Android app called, “I’m Getting Arrested,” which alerts one’s family, friends (even

8 Brilliant Halloween Costumes

Miss Cellania

Last week you saw 10 Brilliant Halloween Costumes, but there's more! Just look at the variety of ideas creative people come up with for the one occasion we can be anything we want. 1. Sputnik

Brain Game: Essays

It's Tuesday Test Time once again at the mentalfloss.com Brain Game.

Morning Cup of Links: The Walken Dead

Miss Cellania

Women Who Kill the Men They Love.

Happy Boss's Day: 9 of the Worst Bosses Ever

Stacy Conradt

It’s Boss’s Day, and while many of us have supervisors who have totally earned that “World’s Best Boss” mug, I bet lots of you at least briefly contemplated adding a little extra something to the cook

Toby Ziegler Yelling at People

Erica Palan

Every now and again, you screw something up and deserve to get reamed out. No one does a more effective reaming than fictional White House Communications Director Toby Ziegler.

13 First World Problems

David K. Israel

One of my favorite sub-reddits over on reddit.com is First World Problems. Today, there are a handful that made me smile, like these five: 1.

This Penguin Would Like You to Knit Him a Sweater

Jill Harness

Penguins might not need any help staying warm, but they still rely on sweaters to save their lives after oil spills.

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