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7 Famous New Year's Babies

Jill Harness

It’s been said that it's good luck to be born on New Year’s Day.

Why Does the New Year Start on January 1?

Matt Soniak

Oleksiy Mark / Shutterstock.com Way back when, the Romans had a god named Janus. He was the god of doors and gates and had two faces — one looking forward and one looking back.

Weekend Links: 1930s Hacking Lulz

Allison Keene

Hacking is not just a crime of the computer age - apparently Morse Code machines can be hacked, too, according to Dot-dash-diss: The gentleman hacker's 1903 lulz. * Thanks to James for this two

23 Bizarre Things Ceremonially Dropped on New Year's Eve

Stacy Conradt

Don’t live anywhere near New York City, but still desperate to see something - anything - drop during a countdown to 2012 on New Year’s Eve? We can help. (Well, we can help some of you.

Miss Cellania's Top 20 Weird News Stories of 2011

Miss Cellania

Every week, I comb the internet to bring you strange news stories that you might not otherwise see, and it's been quite an experience.

The 25 Most Powerful Songs of the Past 25 Years

the mag

by Jennifer Drapkin, Kevin O'Donnell and Ky Henderson They’re not the most beautiful songs, or the most musically important. In fact, a few could literally drive you nuts.

Brain Game: What a Bargain!

We'll wrap up the old year with a "chestnut" teaser for today's Friday Free-for-all challenge at the mentalfloss.com Brain Game.

Morning Cup of Links: Lists of 2011

Miss Cellania

A Salute to the Weird World Records Set in 2011.

The Lessons of Kwanzaa, as Taught by TV

Laura Turner Garrison

December 26th wasn't just Boxing Day; it also marked the first day of the pan-African holiday celebrating African culture known as Kwanzaa.

The Late Movies: Guess The Theme 35

Mark Arminio

Evening _flossers! It's once again time for the game that's sweeping the nation — GUESS THE THEME! All the clips below have something in common.

Lithophones - Instruments Made of Fossils, Floor Tiles, and More

Chris Higgins

Musician, artist, and "edutainer" Tom Kaufmann makes unique instruments called lithophones, which are similar to xylophones, but created from various stones.

Whatever You Think About Mr. Brainwash, He Probably Just Confirmed It

Colin Patrick

Anyone who saw last year’s riveting Oscar-nominated documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop (available to watch instantly through Netflix) will want to check out the Huffington Post Arts article on the

Brain Game: My Dear Watson

Good morning! Here's a brand new Think Thursday challenge for today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game.

Morning Cup of Links: Celebrity Neighbors

Miss Cellania

The 7 most newsworthy dogs of 2011. That's a good dog, every one of them. * The best (or at least most memorable) mug shots of 2011.

Elvis Presley: World’s Best Car Buyer

Stacy Conradt

Elvis Presley was known for his generosity, but he didn’t just stop at free show tickets or 500% tips at restaurants.

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