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Golan Levin: An Artist and Engineer

Chris Higgins

Golan Levin is an artist who uses "the tools of his day" (meaning computers, robots, and tools of science) to make his art.

Born Retired: 4 Famous Figures Who Never Held (Real) Day Jobs

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This article was originally posted last summer. By Erik Sass What do these wits, terrorists, and philosophers all have in common?

Jason English's 30th Birthday Extravaganza!

Jason English

It's my birthday, but I'm passing the savings along to you!

How 9 Cuts of Meat Got Their Names

Ethan Trex

Ever find yourself standing in front of a butcher's counter and wonder where in the world certain cuts and preparations of meat got their names?

How Did You Know? - {day 3}

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

9 Mysterious Ape-men from Around the World

Miss Cellania

Most of us in the US are familiar with the cryptid Sasquatch (or Bigfoot) and its Asian counterpart the Yeti (or Abominable Snowman).

Brain Game: Beep Beep

The answer to today's Brain Game may not be as simple as it might appear.

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.

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