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Ice Capades: Skating Across the Netherlands

Dan Lewis

Dan Lewis runs the popular daily newsletter Now I Know (“Learn Something New Every Day, By Email”). To subscribe to his daily email, click

John Green's Crash Course in World History

Chris Higgins

Former mental_floss writers John and Hank Green have started a new nerdy thing on YouTube, and it's pretty great: Crash Course is a series of educational videos covering World History (John) and

12 Wonderfully Useless Flyers

David K. Israel

The team over at smosh.com likes useless flyers. I have to admit, I do too! I've combed through a bunch of their posts for you and present to you now, my 12 favorites...

Programming Note: This Month's '11 Lists'

Jason English

Cupcake image via Shutterstock On the 11th day of each month, we post (roughly) 11 '11 lists' on various topics throughout the day.

What Makes Bloodhounds Such Great Tracking Dogs?

Matt Soniak

Reader rccola20 wrote in to ask, "Are bloodhounds really that much better at tracking than other dog

Daffodils Mean Spring is Coming!

Miss Cellania

During the least colorful part of the year, after the Christmas lights are stashed away and before spring flowers blossom, we console ourselves by looking at seed catalogs or a nice blog post about th

Brain Game: Hedera helix

Good luck with today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Think Thursday challenge: What's the only U.S.

Morning Cup of Links: Binary Proposal

Miss Cellania

Beautician Debbie Benton was murdered, and there is more than one suspect.

The Late Movies: Jonathan Coulton's "Artificial Heart"

Chris Higgins

Jonathan Coulton is an internet treasure: he makes heartfelt, fun, and often funny music -- most of which is available in some legitimately free form online.

Which Came First: Orange the Color or Orange the Fruit?

Matt Soniak

Reader Erica wrote in with a question about oranges. Is the fruit named for its color, or is the color named for the

Weird, Wonderful and Terrible Movies You'll Never See

Jill Harness

If you're a regular mental_floss reader, you might remember Eddie's article about The Day The Clown Cried, the lost Jerry Lewis film.

Is Flipping a Coin Really a 50-50 Proposition?

Ethan Trex

Flipping image via ShutterstockDon't bet on it. In 2004, three statisticians from Stanford and UC Santa Cruz set out to test the classic coin flip.

Are Red Lights the New Commercial Breaks?

David K. Israel

Commercial breaks are so pre-TiVo, right?

Dietribes: Bloody Mary

Allison Keene

• So what exactly is in a Bloody Mary?

How Robots Make Sense of Our World

Chris Higgins

Robot Readable World is a short film assembling footage from computer vision experiments -- in other words, "what robots see" as they look at video footage.