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Why Is Santa So Fat?

Matt Soniak

Lisa F. Young / Shutterstock.com Poor Santa. He's a big guy and everyone knows it.

What Really Is the Most Wonderful Time of the Year?

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.

6 Holiday Pics Found on reddit Recently

David K. Israel

In case you've been living in a cave the last few years, it's worth making a daily trip to the sub-reddit, pics.

Forgot Someone? Great Last-Minute Gift Ideas

Mangesh & Jason

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The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

Girl Lost in Tsunami Found 7 Years Later When a tsunami swept over Indonesia on December 26, 2004, one of the victims was an 8-year-old girl named Wati.

Brain Game: Happy Holidays!

The mentalfloss.com Brain Game is taking today off to celebrate the holiday. Please do the same, and have a fun and safe weekend. We'll return in three days with a new Monday Math Square. See you

Morning Cup of Links: Santa's Q&A

Miss Cellania

The Evolution of Santa Claus. The only thing he now has in common with the original is the spirit of giving. * 109 Cats Celebrating Christmas.

The Late Movies: Guess The Theme 34

Mark Arminio

It's Thursday, it's late...it's time for GUESS THE THEME! All the songs below have something in common. Think you know it?

15 Awesome (or Awesomely Bizarre) Christmas Cards

Jill Harness

Most store-bought Christmas cards feature Santa and his reindeer, Christmas trees or religious iconography. Here are some people who went in another direction.

How Kraftwerk’s 'Computer World' Predicted the Soundtrack of Modern Life

Bill DeMain

Maybe Kraftwerk had a time machine. How else could they have known thirty years ago what the ambient symphony of everyday life would sound like? The mechanical chirp of the cell phone.

Why Do Jews Eat Potato Pancakes During Hanukkah?

David K. Israel

Hanukkah started Tuesday night and runs the whole week, eight nights in total. During these nights, a helluva lot of latkes, or potato pancakes, are consumed.

7 YouTube Yule Logs

Chris Higgins

As you gather together with friends and family, why not crank up the old YouTube Yule Log?

Our Favorite Longreads of 2011

Jason English

The editors of mental_floss magazine — Mangesh, Ethan, Stephanie and Jessanne — sat around arguing about their favorite longreads of 2011 for longreads.org.

Secret Santaism Is in Full Swing

Jill Harness

Last week we shared last week about a woman in Michigan paying off three random layaway tabs at her local K-Mart. As her story spread, many other people stepped up to help out local families in need.

7 Strange Christmas Traditions

Miss Cellania

A few years ago, I wrote about strange Christmas traditions like Krampus, Caga Tia, the Caganer, Mari Lwyd, Zwarte Piet, the pickle ornament, the TV Yule Log, and Christmas in Japan (which involves se

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