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What Does "State of Emergency" Really Mean?

Ethan Trex

Governors up and down the East Coast are declaring states of emergency in advance of Hurricane Irene’s landfall.

Folk Remedies From Around the World

Haley Sweetland Edwards

From Ashgabat to Atlanta, people all over the world subscribe to folk remedies and do-it-yourself cures for whatever it is that ails them. Here’s a short list of our favorites. The Choo Choo

Mail Call!

David K. Israel

You might recall the post I wrote about the very smart Web site, snailmailmyemail.org. Sadly, the cool project has ended, but I wanted to share some of the letters you _flossers sent me.

The Number of the Day: $11

Colin Patrick

If you made a film and it was set to premiere in a real movie theater, you’d probably assume that—worst case scenario—a handful of the people associated with making it (and maybe their friends and fam

If Libyan Rebels Raided Your Home...

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.

Infinite Jest's Eschaton in Video Form

Chris Higgins

Attention, fellow David Foster Wallace nerds! Fellow DFW nerd band The Decemberists have released a new music video reenacting a game of Eschaton from DFW's novel Infinite Jest.

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

Marines To Ban Audible Farts In Afghanistan Silence is golden. A new order for U.S. Marines serving in Afghanistan bans audible farting.

Brain Game: Weighing Chuck

Good luck with today's Friday Free-for-all challenge here at the mentalfloss.com Brain Game. Using an old-style balancing scale, Chuck wants to be able to discern any weight from from 1 to 30

Morning Cup of Links: Jedi Kittens

Miss Cellania

Jedi Kittens.

The Weasel With Plans for the Future

Jill Harness

If you're unfamiliar with the rather otter-esque weasel above, allow me to introduce you to the tayra.

Pop-Up Books For The Adult Reader

Jill Harness

Pop-up books traditionally only belong in the kid's realm of the bookstore, but not all titles are so easily shelved away.

Sex & Death in the Afternoon: An Oral History of the American Soap Opera

the mag

Here's a special sneak peek at the September-October issue of mental_floss magazine. Click here to get a risk-free issue! by Lisa

The Late Movies: Guess the Theme XVIII

Mark Arminio

It's time once again for GUESS THE THURSDAY NIGHT THEME. The clips below all have something in common...leave your best guesses in the comments section.

What Do They Call Earthquakes on Other Planets?

Matt Soniak

I completely missed out on Tuesday's earthquake. I was riding public transportation in Philadelphia and uncontrollable shaking is to be expected.

8 Movie Cliches Illustrated

David K. Israel

Hollywood is formulaic, as you all know. The three-act structure is so tried and true, few movies risk venturing out into untried territory.