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The Quick 10: 10 Unexpected Horror Writers

Stacy Conradt

If you've been reading the Quick 10s for a while, you know that I have a fascination with horror movies and Halloween and all things creepy.

3 New Shirts in the mental_floss Store

Mangesh & Jason

Make room in your t-shirt drawer, because today we've added three new shirts to the mental_floss store: "I'd Give My Right Arm To Be Ambidextrous," "Thomas Aquinas: The Origin

The Original Names of 7 Famous TV Characters

Kara Kovalchik

The names of some of our favorite TV characters have undergone behind-the-scenes changes for a variety of reasons, from politics to legal issues to shows on competing networks.

Sites We Love: There, I Fixed It

Jason English

We've linked to this site before, but they deserve another plug. There, I Fixed It: jury rigging at its best. If it weren't pouring right now, I might try the soda bottle/hose trick.

Schizophrenia: An Immune Disorder?

Meghan Holohan

Schizophrenia baffles most; people often associate the disease with a loose conglomeration of symptoms such as hearing voices and hallucinations.

Dr. Strange Will Kill Us All

Chris Higgins

It is with much trepidation that I send this blog to you via Morse Code from Mystery Island. I'm terribly concerned that scientific genius Dr.

Dietribes: Cool as a Cucumber

Allison Keene

"¢ Just how cool are cucumbers? Their inner temperature can be up to 20 degrees cooler than the outside air, hence the title phrase.

6 Famous Eunuchs

Martha Brozyna

Eunuchs, or castrated men, have played an important part in many cultures throughout the world since ancient times.

How Did You Know? - {day 2}

David K. Israel

It's an all-new 5-day trivia hunt, with an all-new set of puzzles, prizes, and collaborators! First, the prizes: In addition to the usual $100 and $50 gift certificates to our store for the fir

Brain Game: Not 'digit'

First off, I should share the news that a T-shirt design that I suggested a while back is now available at the mental_floss store.

Kids Behaving Badly

Ransom Riggs

When I was younger, I wasn't a bad kid -- but I did like to hang around them and watch them do bad things, like in middle school when some kids I knew vandalized the boys' bathroom during lu

Morning Cup of Links: Star Trek Opera

Miss Cellania

5-year-old Wesley performs Folsom Prison Blues at the 2009 Spring Coffee Shop Jam in Seattle. (via Videogum) * Transparent aluminum is here.

The Late Movies: Throwing Things Off the Roof

Mario Marsicano

If anyone subscribed to the notion that there are any educational or otherwise redeeming qualities in the articles I post, I give you...people throwing things from roofs. We'll start with

The 5pm Quiz: Name the Muppet Babies

Jason English

There were eight main Muppet Babies under Nanny's watch, plus two semi-regular guests.

6 Famous Advertising Dogs

Scott Allen

Gidget the Chihuahua, the famed Taco Bell mascot from 1997 to 2000, died of a stroke last week at the age of 15.

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