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Giant Leopard Seal Brings Penguins to Photographer

Chris Higgins

In this two-minute video, National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen relates the story of a giant leopard seal who tried to teach him (Nicklen) how to hunt for penguins.

The 10 Weirdest Pieces of Unclaimed Luggage

Stacy Conradt

We've all seen it: that one lonely suitcase on the baggage claim track at the airport that goes around and around with no owner in sight. What happens to it if no one shows up?

Robocats

Meghan Holohan

As I watch my cat bat a piece of foil across the floor or stare at nothing like he's stoned, I can't help thinking, "Gee I wish my computer was as smart as my cat." Scientists at

How the 10 Schools in BCS Bowls Got Their Nicknames

Scott Allen

If the BCS rankings factored a school's nickname into its formula—and Texas quarterback Colt McCoy's final pass of Saturday's Big 12 Championship Game had fluttered in the air

Amusingly Mistranslated Signs From Around the World

David K. Israel

If you've ever been to a restaurant in Greece, chances are you've seen lamp on the menu. The spelling mistake is about as ubiquitous as nude sunbathers on the beach in Mykonos.

Super Shirt Sale! All Tees $14.90! (Ends Tonight!)

Mangesh & Jason

The holiday shopping season is in full swing, and if you're struggling to find the right gift for someone special*, head on over to the mental_floss store.

Mr. Christmas Lights and Sounds

Miss Cellania

In 2005, the world was charmed by a video called the Christmas Lights Gone Wild, in which Carson Williams loaded his house with Christmas lights and programmed them to flash in sync with music, specif

Brain Game: The Salt Talks

It seems like it's been a little while since our last logic puzzle Brain Game, so here's one with some characters you'll probably know.

Stickmen in Peril

Ransom Riggs

The stickman is the world's ubiquitous avatar of danger: he's endured every worst case scenario imaginable, and some you may never have imagined.

Morning Cup of Links: The Olympic Flame

Miss Cellania

Awareness, cognition, and consciousness: maybe we are one the brink of defining what those things are. At least we are starting to experiment with them.

How an Earthquake Spawned Massive Immigration Fraud

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The Weekend Links

Allison Keene

From Slate, a slideshow of strange maps that include California as an island, utopia in the shape of a skull, and other cartographic curiosities.

This Week's Most Popular Stories

Jason English

In case you weren't obsessively refreshing mentalfloss.com all week, here's what you

Lunchtime Quiz Leftovers

Jason English

Amazing Facts, 140 Characters at a Time

Jason English

Time for our weekly reminder of the mental_floss Twitter account's existence.

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