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23 Fun Facts About Things We Saw at the Grocery Store

Jason English

The other day we set up a mental_floss Instagram account, then went to the grocery store and took some pictures. (We also needed food.) Here are some fun facts about the products we

The Late Movies: 1972

Miss Cellania

When I posted some of my favorite songs from 1971 last year, y'all seemed to like them. How about another great year for music?

8 Celebrities Arrested for Obscenity (and What It Was They Said or Did)

Stacy Conradt

Freedom of speech? Not if it's deemed "obscene." These celebrities found that out the hard way.

17 Elaborately Staged Theme Park Ride Photos

Jill Harness

Back when amusement parks started using cameras to capture the facial expressions of their guests on their most wild rides, the companies thought it would just be a good way to make some extra money b

What's the Fastest You've Ever Finished a Book?

Jason English

On Fridays, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else's reply, whatever you want.

The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert Was 20 Years Ago Today

Kara Kovalchik

On April 20, 1992, a veritable “Who’s Who” (and, in a few cases, “Who’s That?”) played before 72,000 fans at London’s Wembley Stadium to celebrate the life of Freddie Mercury and to raise funds for Th

Largest Boulder Ever Transported in Modern Times Arrives in LA

David K. Israel

As previously reported on this blog, Los Angeles has recently entered the Guinness Book for largest boulder ever transported in modern times. A 340-ton, 21 1/2-foot-high granite boulder recently tr

The Gene That Makes You Smarter

Jessica Hullinger

Brain image via Shutterstock Scientists have long known that our genetic makeup influences our intelligence.

Inside the Eames House

Chris Higgins

Designers Charles and Ray Eames built a beautiful house in Los Angeles. They moved in on Christmas Eve 1949, and lived there for the rest of their lives. They called it Case Study House No.

Remembering Levon Helm

Matt Soniak

Yesterday Levon Helm, the multi-instrumentalist best known as the singer and drummer for The Band, died after a long battle with throat cancer.

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

Facebook Photo Leads to Arrest Michael Baker of Jenkins, Kentucky, siphoned gas from a police cruiser. The evidence was a picture of Baker doing the deed, while giving a one-finger salute.

Brain Game: Ready to Rumble?

Good luck with today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Free-for-all Friday challenge: What is the only U.S.

Morning Cup of Links: Bubblegum Music

Miss Cellania

A gallery of celebrity prom pictures sounds like a chance to see stars in their high school awkwardness.

The Late Movies: Guess The Theme 50

Mark Arminio

It's Thursday, it's late and it's time for the 50th installment of the game that is sweeping the nation, GUESS THE THEME (insert raucous cheers and applause)!

12 Geeky Fire Hydrants

David K. Israel

You may recall my post last month about geeky trashcans where I talked about painting the local fire hydrant when I was a kid to look like Uncle Sam during the bicentennial.