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The Abraham Zapruder of the Rodney King Video

Kara Kovalchik

Shortly after midnight on March 3, 1991, plumbing company manager George Holliday was awakened by the sound of police sirens screaming outside of his Lake View Terrace apartment building.

Brain Game: Math Square #126

Today's Monday Math Square mentalfloss.com Brain Game challenge is full of nines (with a three thrown in for good measure).

Morning Cup of Links: Duck on the Run

Miss Cellania

Obsolete media technology is still a collection of data that can be retrieved. Watch as reel-to-reel tape is played with a credit card reader and an iPod Touch. * Twenty years after the L.A.

Why Isn't Mickey Mouse in the Public Domain?

Karl Smallwood

Image from the Patent and Trademark Museum.

The Origin of "It's 10 PM. Do You Know Where Your Children Are?"

Kara Kovalchik

"It's 10 PM.

15 Dad Facts for Father's Day

Mangesh & Jason

A few years ago, we asked some of our favorite mental_floss writers to send us their favorite dad-related facts and stories for our newsletter. Here are 15 you can use around the grill

Weekend Links: Why Smart People Can Be Stupid

Allison Keene

The New Yorker had a great article out this week about bias studies, the results of which are pretty fascinating (and go against my natural Woody Allen-esque neurotic introspection).

8 Bogus Ideas About Animals

Chris Higgins

Do lemmings really jump off cliffs? Are "daddy longlegs" the deadliest spiders, but with fangs too small to hurt you? Do dogs only see in black-and-white?

"Man of Constant Sorrow," the Blind Fiddler's Tune Everybody Knows

Chris Higgins

Bob Dylan's first national TV appearance came in March of 1963 on a program called "Folk Songs, and More Folk Songs!" He performed three songs, including "Man of Constant Sorrow,&

Last Week's Most Popular Stories

Jason English

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

Weekend Links: The Strange Beach in a Meadow

Allison Keene

The Guardian put out a fantastic article earlier this week about why our food is making us fat.

10 James Joyce Facts in Honor of Bloomsday

Stacy Conradt

Happy Bloomsday!! If you're not a James Joyce aficionado (or if you don't celebrate obscure holidays), June 16 is the day all of the events in Joyce's Ulysses take place.

Famous Novelists on Symbolism in Their Work and Whether It Was Intentional

Lucas Reilly

In 1963, 16-year-old Bruce McAllister mailed a four-question survey to 150 novelists, asking if they intentionally planted symbolism in their work. Here’s what they had to say.

The Late Movies: Pipe Organ Pop

Miss Cellania

A pipe organ sounds so important, so majestic, so ...big.

What's So Great About Where You Live?

Jason English

On Fridays, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments.