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A Warm Round of Applause for Our Newest Contributor

Bud Shaw

Editor's Note: The mental_floss staff emails around a lot of articles.

The Onion on Classmates.com

Jason English

The Onion published this fantastic story back in May, but I'm re-posting it today in honor of the 3,245th spam email I've received from Classmates.com this year ("Who left 1 signature i

Whatever Happened to U-2 Spy Gary Powers?

Eric Johnson

If you weren't alive when Francis Gary Powers got shot down over the Soviet Union, you probably heard about it in high school history.

Bonus Quiz: Baseball Card Brands

Scott Allen

If you've ever collected baseball cards, the names Donruss, Fleer, Topps, and Upper Deck elicit memories of different card designs, which have varied through the years from simplistic to futurist

Distance + Age = Appreciation

David K. Israel

Though I was born in Philadelphia, I actually grew up in New Jersey. That's hard to admit, but I feel better now that I've cleared the air.

Brain Game: Ring My Bell

Well, it's hump day, and I'm a sure 'nuff Quasimodo.

Found Photos: Super Creepy Victorian-era Twins

Ransom Riggs

I was digging through disorganized piles of old photos in a Portland antique store last week when I happened upon a goldmine of weirdness: amidst fading snapshots of family vacations and weddings were

Morning Cup of Links: Intelligent Fribbles

Miss Cellania

Which one of these fribbles looks more intelligent? How you answer may have more to do with whether you are left-handed than with your judgment. (via Metafilter) * Love in the Time of Leprosy.

The Late Movies: 9 Great Movie Monologues

Mario Marsicano

When I look back at some of my favorite moments in film, I realize a lot of them happen to be monologues.

The 5pm Quiz: Eyeball the Island

Sandy and Kara

On the left are outlines of ten well-known islands, and your job is to match them up with the island name on the right. Good luck! Take the Quiz: Eyeball the

The Quick 10: 10 Famous Trees

Stacy Conradt

Tomorrow is the anniversary of the day the world lost one of its oldest living organisms.

Robot Hands Jamming on a Bouncy Ball

Chris Higgins

Here's further proof that eventually, robots will become our masters and we'll just serve as food for them, or, if we're lucky, we'll be their pets.

The Origins of 6 Great American Songs

Ethan Trex

Every school-aged kid learns that Francis Scott Key penned the words to "The Star-Spangled Banner" while watching the British navy pound Fort McHenry during the War of 1812.

What Makes a City "Liveable"?

Ransom Riggs

I just got back from five days in Oregon, mostly in Portland (AKA Stumptown, Bridgetown, the City of Roses, the Metropolis of Aggressively Bohemian Baristas) -- a place I lived for ten months seven ye

The Queen Owns The Swans (And Other Swan Stories)

Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown, at least when it comes to the British monarchy: In addition to being the reigning queen of 16 Commonwealth realms and the Paramount Chief of Fiji, engaging i

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