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Wanted: Suggestions for a Federal Holiday in August

Julia Davis

Much to the dismay of Hallmark and the U.S. Postal Service, there are no federal holidays in August. Because we’re always looking for an excuse to throw a good party, let's make one up!

Building Babbage's Computer from the 1830s

Chris Higgins

Charles Babbage designed a fully functional mechanical computer called the Analytical Engine in 1837.

How an 18th-Century Mutiny May Help Explain Migraine Headaches

Matt Soniak

Jupiterimages On April 28, 1789, Fletcher Christian and 18 other sailors aboard the HMS Bounty wrested control of the ship from their commanding officer, Lieutenant William Bligh.

Brain Game: A-5

Today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Think Thursday challenge takes you on a trip to our continental cohort, South America.

Morning Cup of Links: Manic Pixie Dream Girls

Miss Cellania

The 25 Top Summer Olympics Countries.

12 Sports Cut From The Olympics

Ethan Trex

The IOC surprised people this week by cutting wrestling from the official Olympic program. They've slashed a number of sports over the years. Should they bring back any of these?

The Late Movies: "Paul's Boutique" Turns 23

Chris Higgins

The Beastie Boys released their opus Paul's Boutique today, July 25, way back in 1989.

14 Creative Divorce Cakes

Jill Harness

The Missing Links: How to Make Your Funeral Really Creepy

Colin Patrick

It’s Pay Day. No, It’s Lottery Day. An Argentinian mayor combats budget problems by paying only the workers whose names get drawn, lottery-style.

How Smartphones Could Keep Psychology From Getting Too WEIRD

Matt Soniak

In 2004, I was a lab rat for about 15 minutes. A psychology professor at Juniata College, where I spent my freshman year, was conducting an experiment.

Olympic Art Competitions: 1928-1932

Scott Allen

Over the next two weeks, we’ll be taking a look back at the fine art competitions that originated in ancient Greece and were revived as part of the modern Olympics from 1912 to

Alton Brown Is Our New Food Columnist!

Jason English

Big news! Food Network legend Alton Brown has joined the mental_floss gang as our new food columnist!

Playing With Fire in Slow Motion

Chris Higgins

In this short video, photographer Nick Moore shows us what happens to flame when it's exposed to a speaker vibrating at 60 Hz.

Words Redefined: 37 Notable Entries in The Devil's Dictionary

Lucas Reilly

Ambrose Bierce was a celebrated journalist, storyteller and, above all, cynic. Bierce had a barbed wit, and he often used it to kick American culture square in the teeth.

RIP Sherman Hemsley: 6 Stories About The Jeffersons

Kara Kovalchik

Actor Sherman Hemsley has passed away at the age of 74. Raised by a single mom in Philadelphia, the diminutive actor dropped out of high school in order to join the Air Force.