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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

Brain Game: Santa!

Good luck with today's Think Thursday challenge at the mentalfloss.com Brain Game: What is the most populous U.S.

Morning Cup of Links: That's What She said

Miss Cellania

The world's most over-the-top Christmas decorations.

The Late Movies: Star Trek Sound Effects

Chris Higgins

I love me some Star Trek -- and I'm a TNG man through and through.

Lendle: A Book Sharing Site for Kindle Users

Chris Higgins

I recently bought a Kindle -- something I swore I'd never do.

Why Utah Loves Seagulls (but not crickets)

Jason Plautz

Drivers out West may have experienced the terror of swarming Mormon Crickets, which can overwhelm roads all at once and make streets so slick that drivers lose their grip.

5 Really Bad Food Puns

David K. Israel

I was in a silly mood one recent weekend and, er, cooked these up for you all.

12 Ways You Can Support Charities Without Donating Money

Jill Harness

Regular readers might remember our post about helping penguins victimized by the Tauranga oil spill in New Zealand by knitting tiny sweaters.

Go the F*** to the Library

Miss Kathleen

Each week Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books.

Brain Game: For Two

Today is the last day of autumn, so let's celebrate with a new Wednesday Wordplay challenge here at the mentalfloss.com Brain Game.

Morning Cup of Links: Criminal Christmas

Miss Cellania

Eating Less Can Keep Your Brain Young.

11 Memorable Christmas Episodes (Including the Bewitched With Tabitha in Blackface)

Kara Kovalchik

Holiday episodes tend to be a bit generic. How many times can you rework A Christmas Carol or The Gift of the Magi into a sitcom plot?

19 Outstanding Words You Should Be Working Into Conversation

Jason English

There are some of our favorite words that appeared in mental_floss stories in 2011. Some are foreign words. Others come from medical dictionaries. And there's a surprising amount of hobo slang.

Reno Is Farther West Than Los Angeles

Jason English

(Just in case you're going that way.) More from mental_floss… What the Heck is Blue Raspberry? * What Makes Fancy Ketchup So Fancy? * Where Do Baby Carrots Come From? * Would a Dingo Re

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