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Tauntaun Sleeping Bag

Miss Cellania

In the 1980 film The Empire Strikes Back (often considered the best of the Star Wars films), Han Solo saves the life of an unconscious Luke Skywalker by slicing open a dead Tauntaun and spending the n

Strange Geographies: Cape Tribulation

Ransom Riggs

When most people picture Australia, the endless brown wastelands of the Outback come to mind; after all, it is the world's driest country.

Brain Game: Math Square #5

Your brain may need a post-Thanksgiving jump start, so here's a new Brain Game Math Square to get you going for the week. The nine squares inside the main red grid should be filled with the di

Morning Cup of Links: Traveling Hippies

Miss Cellania

Fire in the Hole. Coal mine fires are burning in places all over the globe; some have been burning for decades. (via Metafilter) * Top Ten Hippie Travel Destinations.

The No-Budget Diners' Guide: How to Survive on Dirt, Bugs, Bark & Leather

the mag

By David Clark As the economy sputters, everyone's looking for new ways to save on food.

The Weekend Links

Allison Keene

The internet is full of wonderfully weird and truly bizarre pictures (and often I feature them on the Weekend Links!), so it was only a matter of time before someone created a site that not only featu

The Late Movies: Meet the Natives

Ransom Riggs

You may remember a few posts I've done on the remote island nation of Vanuatu, where I visited back in March.

4 T-Shirt Gift Ideas + 4 Fun Facts

Jason English

There's a mental_floss t-shirt for everyone on your list—from the math enthusiast to the math averse (and people who love cheese and monkeys).

Alexander Hamilton, Now in Rap Form

Mangesh Hattikudur

Check out In the Heights lyricist and star Lin-Manuel Miranda giving props to Alexander Hamilton.

The Secrets Behind Your Favorite Toys

Tim Moodie

You know the toys. You've seen the commercials.

Thanksgiving Sale: 15% Off All Orders!

Mangesh & Jason

Get a jump start on your holiday shopping this Thanksgiving weekend in the mental_floss store.

motionbox.com presents: HDYK? - {day 4}

David K. Israel

It's an all-new 5-day trivia hunt, with an all-new set of puzzles, prizes, and now, a major sponsor! Co-puzzle Master Josh Halbur and I are thrilled to announce that How Did You Know?

motionbox.com presents: HDYK? - {day 3}

David K. Israel

It's an all-new 5-day trivia hunt, with an all-new set of puzzles, prizes, and now, a major sponsor! Co-puzzle Master Josh Halbur and I are thrilled to announce that How Did You Know?

Why Does the NFL Have a Two-Minute Warning?

Ethan Trex

The two-minute warning comes up at the end of each half in every NFL football game. Most fans take it for granted, but why does the NFL stop the clock with two minutes or so left in each half?

Conversation Starters, 140 Characters at a Time

Jason English

Looking for Thanksgiving dinner conversational fodder? Follow mental_floss on Twitter.

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