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When the Car Radio Was Introduced, People Freaked Out

Bill DeMain

Is texting while driving total insanity or just one more inevitable tide of modern life?

The Night They (Almost) Bombed Old Dixie Down

Stacy Conradt

Walter Gregg and his young son were working on a project in their garden shed in Mars Bluff, South Carolina, when the backyard was hit with a nuclear bomb. What?

What Happens When You Give 1000s of Stickers to 1000s of Kids?

David K. Israel

Last month, artist Yayoi Kusama turned an ordinary room in the Queensland Art Gallery into a giant canvas by painting everything white.

Old News: Very Early Media Coverage of the GOP Candidates

Jason English

Every week, I used to wander into the New York Times archives to find the first time the paper covered various topics (like The Walkman).

Moments With Aloe Blacc: Orchestral Hip Hop

Chris Higgins

I first stumbled across singer/songwriter Aloe Blacc when rounding up covers of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" for The Late Movies.

Not Your Parents' Action Figures

Miss Cellania

Action figures began with Habro's introduction of G.I. Joe in 1964. Since then, they've become associated with the marketing of TV, film, and comic book characters.

Lectures for a New Year: The Last Lecture, First

Chris Higgins

For the month of January I'll bring you one lecture every (week)day, touching on exciting topics such as: science, literature, history, art, design, ecology, neurology, computers, and a grab-bag

This Is a Food

Ethan Trex

Image credit: Evan-Amos According to Post Cereals, you'll love Fruity Pebbles Treats "because of their unexpected wholesomeness." More from mental_floss... This Is a Blue Lobster

Is it Possible to Have a Two-Way Conversation With a Severed Head?

Sandy and Kara

Call us morbid, but we've always wondered whether a decapitated head can still see for any length of time after being severed.

Brain Game: Three Signs

The mentalfloss.com Brain Game welcomes you to 2012 with a new Tuesday Test Time challenge.

Morning Cup of Links: Drunk Octopus Texts

Miss Cellania

Buff Your Brain!

Determining Migratory Patterns of Early Humans — With Earwax!

Dan Lewis

Dan Lewis runs the popular daily newsletter Now I Know (“Learn Something New Every Day, By Email”). To subscribe to his daily email, click

15 Memorable mental_floss Moments of 2011

Jason English

A lot of exciting things happened in the mental_floss universe in 2011. Here are the 15 we could remember. 1. We Helped Solve a Back to the Future

Morning Cup of Links: Rise of the Apes

Miss Cellania

The Year in Weird: The 10 Most Insane News Stories of 2011. Including the prurient and tragic stories not found in our roundup. * The worst political gaffes of 2011.

The Stories Behind 11 More Classic Album Covers

Bill DeMain

Last month, Bill DeMain took us behind the scenes for 11 iconic album covers. Today he's back with 11 more. 1. Satan Is Real (1960) The Louvin Brothers Design by Ira