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11 Celebrities Posing with mental_floss

Kara Kovalchik

Dateline: Novi, Michigan – Motor City Comic Con 2012.

11 Things You Didn’t Know About America’s Spymasters

David W Brown

© JASON REED/Reuters/Corbis There’s more to being a spy than drinking martinis, talking into shoe-phones, and discarding messages that self-destruct in five seconds.

Test-Tube-to-Table: 11 Up-and-Coming Genetically Engineered Animals

Haley Sweetland Edwards

© Najlah Feanny/CORBIS SABA It's been almost 16 years since Dolly the cloned sheep was born.

Last Week's Most Popular Stories

Jason English

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

The Politics of Competitive Board Gaming Amongst Friends

Chris Higgins

Jay Cheel's friends play Settlers of Catan. Soda is poured, chips prepared, the board laid out, and then...a ruckus ensues.

Weekend Links: Mrs. Doubtfire as a Horror Film

Allison Keene

Take the Real Simple Everyday Ethics Quiz, a small test of moral principles that can trip you up, and see what ethicist Jeffrey L. Seglin says about 10 ordinary dilemmas.

Beach Boys' "Wouldn't It Be Nice" Has 2 Accordionists, 2 Drummers, 3 Bassists + 13 More Musicians

Chris Higgins

The Beach Boys recorded "Wouldn't It Be Nice" as the opening track on their landmark album "Pet Sounds." It's my favorite Beach Boys song, but I never knew how insanely

See the Resemblance? Surprising Family Ties in the Animal Kingdom

Jill Harness

Generally speaking, you can look at a creature and tell if it is closely related to another animal. Wolves and dogs look alike and so do kangaroos and wallabies.

Weekend Links: The 2,000-Year-Old Computer

Allison Keene

That eternal elevator conversation fodder, weather talk: Is there a way to make it interesting?

The Late Movies: Homemade Water Park

Miss Cellania

Water parks cost a pretty penny, especially if you have a lot of people who want to have some fun in the water.

Chips, Crisps, Croustilles: A Global Tour of Unusual Potato Chip Flavors

Jill Harness

There’s a whole world of chip flavors out there that most of us have never even imagined. Here are some of the most interesting.

The Missing Links: Bulgarian Vampire Grave Diggers

Colin Patrick

Arsonist or Scientist Those seem to be the two most likely outcomes that can come from a child being allowed to play around with gunpowder. Luckily for Dr. Paul Plotz he ended up as the latter.

What Was Your Worst Subject?

Jason English

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

5 Beloved Ethnic Foods Invented for Americans

Cole Gamble

Many of those beloved “ethnic foods” Americans crave so much—Mexican, Chinese, Italian—were actually invented or popularized in the good old USA. 1. General Tso’s

After Elections in Delaware, Politicians Literally Bury Hatchets

Jason Plautz

Image credit: A Chesapeake Journal As the election season kicks into gear and all that negative rhetoric hits the airwaves, it's worth remembering that politics isn't always so nasty.