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Songs About Serial Killers, Part I

Ransom Riggs

I was researching a post about murder ballads -- a fascinating musical genre all its own -- when I happened to discover an even more rareified subgenre of murder ballad: the serial killer song.

Morning Cup of Links: Crunchy Frog

Miss Cellania

Jake Bronstein set the world record for longest whisper chain, passing a message through 59 people.

The Late Movies: Musicians and Their Awesome Sesame Street Appearances

Chris Higgins

I keep coming across musicians who have appeared on Sesame Street (usually singing the Alphabet Song), and the performances are uniformly awesome.

The 5pm Quiz: Athlete Autobiographies

Ethan Trex

All-Star invites and MVP awards are nice, but you haven't really made it as an athlete until you've written an autobiography detailing your rise to athletic glory.

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

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