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Kim Jong Il, the Director He Kidnapped, and the Awful Godzilla Film They Made Together

the mag

When your work hits a wall, it’s natural to seek new inspiration. The less natural inclination? Kidnap foreign talent and force creativity out of them at gunpoint.

Last Week's Most Popular Stories

Jason English

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

Why 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' Almost Never Aired

Kara Kovalchik

For some people, the Christmas season doesn't officially start until A Charlie Brown Christmas is on.

Weekend Links: Facebook Hobo Codes

Allison Keene

That thousand-yard stare of wonderment and beguilement!

Today Is the Last Day for Christmas Delivery!

Mangesh & Jason

Google "Let it Snow"

Jason English

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The First Episode of The Simpsons Aired 22 Years Ago Today

Jason English

"Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" originally aired on December 17, 1989. Not long after, you couldn't go anywhere without seeing a Bart Simpson t-shirt.

If You Happen to Be Shopping Today Near Chesterland, Ohio (Before 3)...

Jason English

Just a reminder: there is a mental_floss retail store! It's in Chesterland, Ohio.

Weekend Links: Fear The Rooster

Allison Keene

From James, a fascinating look at the most remote people on Earth (also check out this nice companion article from How Stuff Works). * What's it like to be jolly for a living?

The Wonderful Story of Louis Armstrong's First Christmas Tree

Mangesh Hattikudur

You may have heard before that Louis Armstrong got his first Christmas tree at age 40, and he loved it so much that he took it on tour with him for a month.

10 Creepy Santas Whose Laps We Want Nothing To Do With

Ransom Riggs

Legions of Santas are currently perched in malls all over the country, waiting for your children to climb atop their laps and whisper to them their most secret desires.

Remembering Christopher Hitchens

Matthew Hickman

by Matthew Hickman and Andrew

What's a BRAT diet?

David K. Israel

If you answered: The food Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, and Ally Sheedy eat, you are sorely mistaken.

The Silly Things That Terrify You

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.

50 Amazing Pieces of Louis C.K. Fan Art

Hillary Buckholtz

Louis C.K. is one of the Internet's (and maybe America's) most loved comedians.

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