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Happy Pancake Day!

Miss Cellania

In the Christian tradition, today the the final day before the beginning of Lent, also known as Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday), Faschingsdienstag, Malasada Day, Sprengidagur, Martes de Carna

Tonight on PBS: Katrina's Lost Dogs

Chris Higgins

Airing TONIGHT (February 16, 2010) on PBS! The film is "MINE," part of the Independent Lens series on PBS.

Brain Game: Answer First

What's the next name in the following series? Claudia, Thelma, Elizabeth, Eleanor, Anne, ________? Here is the SOLUTION. THE SOLUTION: BARBARA They're the first names of the Fir

The Stone Age People of North Sentinel Island

Ransom Riggs

There are very few truly uncontacted peoples left in the world -- that is, people who have never been colonized or settled or had their mineral rights exploited, who know virtually nothing of the outs

Morning Cup of Links: Sweeter Pizza

Miss Cellania

A video of Apolo Ohno in training sheds some light on how speed skating is done. It still seems fairly impossible to actually do. * 6 Man-Made Natural Disasters Just Waiting to Happen.

What's the Difference? Winter Olympic Sports

Ethan Trex

The Winter Olympics are in full swing, which can be as confusing as it is exciting.

The Late Movies: The Many Faces of Tom Waits

Ransom Riggs

A lot of people know Tom Waits' music -- his bassy growl of a voice, clanking rhythm sections and anachronistic, wheezing accordions and harmoniums sound like no one else.

The Quick 8: 8 Other Olympic Tragedies

Stacy Conradt

You've no doubt heard about the terrible luge accident that took place before the Olympics' opening ceremony this weekend "“ while on a training run, Georgian Nodar Kumaritashvili was t

IBM Invents Jeopardy-Playing Computer

Chris Higgins

IBM has created a supercomputer that plays the TV game show Jeopardy. In English. And yes, it buzzes in.

Valentine's Day at the mental_floss Store

Jason English

Did you do anything special for Valentine's Day? Already planning next year's romantic adventure?

Europe's "Iron Harvest"

Ransom Riggs

World War I ended nearly 100 years ago, but in some places along what used to be the Western Front, in France and Belgium and near the Swiss border, the shadow of death and danger cast by that war liv

Solar Trash Compactors

Miss Cellania

Whatever happened to home trash compactors?

The Creeping Fig

David K. Israel

The other night I was watching the Valentines episode of The Office and had to pause the TiVo.

Can Science Bring Sexy Back?

Jill Harness

If you've ever noticed that most relationships go through a brief period of intense sexual attraction that eventually morphs into intimate cuddling sessions, you may have been observing a couple&

Brain Game: Math Square #12

The nine white squares inside the main red grid should be filled with the digits 1 through 9. Each digit should appear only once in this main grid. Two of these numbers are already provided for you.

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