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26 Beatnik Slang Words and Phrases We Should All Start Using

Adrienne Crezo

Plenty of phrases from the first self-described hipster generation have lasted into modern conversation: people still get bent out of shape, annoying people bug us and muscular guys are still built, j

At the Libraries: The Wire's Victorian-Literature Leanings

Miss Kathleen

Each week Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books. If there’s something noteworthy going on in your local library, leave us a

15 of the World’s Most Expensive Foods

Jill Harness

If you ever find yourself in a Brewster’s Millions situation and have to burn through a fortune in a hurry, then all you need are this article, a few plane tickets and an empty stomach.

The (Court-Ordered) Unmasking of the Lone Ranger

Rob Lammle

Photo: Wikimedia Commons/User: We hope It's not unusual for actors to become so synonymous with the characters they play that they're forever known as that character.

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

Ticket Paid with 137 Origami Pigs An unnamed driver was issued a ticket for running a red light after being caught by a camera in Jersey Village, Texas.

Who Invented Sliced Bread?

the mag

It may get a lot of credit now, but at the time of its debut in 1928, sliced bread received less-than-rave reviews.

Brain Game: A Day Off

The mentalfloss.com Brain Game is taking the day off. You do the same, and have a great

Morning Cup of Links: Cowboy Cookin'

Miss Cellania

How To Cook Like A Cowboy. A lesson in authentic chuck wagon fare from the Lubbock, Texas, Cowboy Symposium. * Stephani and Jeremy got married on September 2nd in San Francisco, Gangnam-style!

The Missing Links: Building a Helicopter Out of Trash

Colin Patrick

The Original Sin City Las Vegas from way before the Strip.

15 Suspicious Packages That Were Definitely Not Explosives

Danny Groner

Reports of suspicious packages are common across the United States. Police take all reports seriously — as they should — and they look into every unmanned briefcase or wayward box.

Watch "The Naked Writer" Write, Live (But Not in the Nude)

Chris Higgins

Most of us who write for a living recoil at the thought of other people (outsiders!) watching us write, live, as it happens -- the masses would see not only our terrible typers typos, but also have a

9 Things You Can Do Underwater

Miss Cellania

If you can do it on land, someone will find a way to do it underwater. And then they'll find a way to get others to do it, too! 1. Listen to

Music History #8: "New York Mining Disaster 1941"

Bill DeMain

“New York Mining Disaster 1941 (Have You Seen My Wife, Mr. Jones)” Written by Barry and Robin Gibb (1967) Performed by Bee

Brain Game: Lunar Bender

Today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Think Thursday challenge offers the scrambled names of three hit motion pictures. Unscramble the anagrams to find the names of the movies.

Morning Cup of Links: Classic Cat Moves

Miss Cellania

The College Collections Specialist Who Sympathizes With Poor Students.