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The Late Movies: Looking to the Future

Mark Arminio

The future holds such wonder and promise, such inspiration and hope at what we, as humans, can accomplish. Tonight for the Late Movies, we look at a few of these inventions.

The Quick 10: For Whom the Liberty Bell Tolls

Stacy Conradt

Legend has it that on July 8, 1776, the Liberty Bell rang out to summon Philadelphians to hear the first official reading of the Declaration of Independence.

The 12 Most Popular mental_floss Stories of 2010

Jason English

The pageviews have been counted! With six months in the books, here are the 12 most popular stories of the year (so far). 12.

Super Mario Bros Speedrun on Top of a Building

Chris Higgins

Here's someone playing a Super Mario Bros "speedrun" (running through the entire game as quickly as possible), but the video of the speedrun has been composited onto the wall of a real-

10 Things You Need to Know about Indian Reservation Gambling

David K. Israel

I'm planning a trip back East and will be hitting my first Indian Reservation casino, which got me thinking: I know nothing about their history at all!

World Record Garden Produce

Miss Cellania

I picked the very first ripe tomato from my garden yesterday. It wasn't even big enough to cover a sandwich with a slice. There are much larger green tomatoes that will, whenever they ripen.

A Message for Bookstore Owners, Proprietors of Toy Stores, and People Who Run Those Mall Kiosks That Sell Games

Jason English

This is a special message for bookstore owners, proprietors of toy stores, and people who run those mall kiosks that sell board games and calendars—I need to pick your

Castles Made by People Without Castle-Making Experience

Jill Harness

Just because you don't know anything about construction and haven't gotten any permits doesn't mean you can't build your own castle.

Brain Game: My Caffeine Fix

I have a routine every morning... I go to Seattle's Best at my local Borders to get a cup of coffee, and upon receiving it, I say thanks.

The Number of the Day: 485

Colin Patrick

Andy Warhol's 1964 film Empire, which contains no plot or dialog and is entirely comprised of a stationary shot of the Empire State Building, is roughly 485 minutes long. Related Fact: Accordi

Morning Cup of Links: Pepsi, Jack Daniel's, and Bloodsicles

Miss Cellania

Sam Kean is starting a series of posts on the periodic table of elements, meaning he is writing a separate post about each of about two-dozen of the most interesting elements.

Follow @mental_floss on Twitter: Amazing Facts, 140 Characters at a Time

Jason English

In case you're new around here, we'd like to invite you to follow @mental_floss on Twitter.

The Late Movies: Covers of "Ceremony"

Chris Higgins

"Ceremony" is among the best-known songs by the band Joy Division, although it was made famous by New Order -- a band which was effectively the remnants of Joy Division, minus its deceased s

The Quick 10: The Bortle Dark-Sky Scale

Stacy Conradt

Did our U.S. readers enjoy some fireworks last weekend? We didn't - they got rained out.

7 Memorable Sports Chants

Will Treece

Does your favorite team have a special chant? If not, here are seven examples that might inspire you to write one of your own. 1.