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25 Years Ago Today, Pennsylvania's Treasurer Shot Himself on Television

Mark Arminio

On this date in 1987, Pennsylvania Treasurer Budd Dwyer shot and killed himself during a televised press conference.

Last Week's Most Popular Stories

Jason English

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

Lectures for a New Year: Third Week in Review

Chris Higgins

For the month of January I’m bringing you a great lecture every weekday. This week I picked my favorite TED Talks -- and got some great suggestions for more!

Weekend Links: Generate Your Own SuperPAC Name!

Allison Keene

Hear ye, hear ye! The savior of hardcore arises! It is … an eight-year-old Australian girl! who has found a way to make the first relevant hardcore song in several decades.

Today is National Hugging Day

Jason English

Happy National Hugging Day! From the holiday’s website: “While some encourage hugging everyone, National Hugging Day always suggests at least asking first." Celebrate responsibly.

The Late Movies: Beaker

Miss Cellania

Who is your favorite Muppet? I am partial to Dr. Bunsen Honeydew's long-suffering assistant, Beaker. Here are some of his finer moments. Ode to Joy Ten-part, or whatever harmony!

9 Comedians Who Ran for Office (Including Some Who Won)

Laura Turner Garrison

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Oh, Fisher Price... How We Loved You

David K. Israel

I saw the above photo posted on reddit today and was suddenly filled with raging, uncontrollable nostalgia.

The History of 5 Deadly Circus Stunts

Rob Lammle

The circus has always been about performers reaching the pinnacle of courage, strength, and skill, all for the intangible payback of the roar of the crowd.

Have You Ever Demanded a Refund at the Movies?

Jason English

On Fridays, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else's reply, whatever you want.

Lectures for a New Year: Malcolm Gladwell on Spaghetti Sauce

Chris Higgins

Malcolm Gladwell is the author of iconic books including Blink and The Tipping Point.

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

New Species is Really Faux Hawk A farmer in New Zealand is in trouble for painting hawks.

10 Other People Ronald Reagan's Diary Only Mentions Once

Jason English

During last night's GOP debate, Mitt Romney attempted to minimize Newt Gingrich's connection to President

Brain Game: Flowing Like a River

First things first: Congratulations to Maria, who won our "Extremely Short Story" challenge in last Friday's mentalfloss.com Brain Game.

Morning Cup of Links: ISS Horror Film

Miss Cellania

After the blackouts: What's next for SOPA?