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Questions Our Writers Send Me Via Text #1 (of Thousands, Probably)

Jason English

Every now and again, a fellow _flosser texts me a question I just can't answer—either because I don't know the answer, or because of the medium's draconian character limit.

The Bodacious Letter B

Matt Soniak

Always a bridesmaid and never a bride, B is the also-ran, the second best, the afterthought, the sidekick to the alphaletter A.

Jack Kevorkian's Public-Access Cable Show

Chris Higgins

"Well, the time has come for us to enter the realm of pure human reason.

Signing Off

Ransom Riggs

My flossy friends, This week marks five years since I started blogging for mental_floss, and a great five years it has been.

11 Pencil Vs. Camera Images

David K. Israel

Born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, and now living in Belgium, Ben Heine is an amazing artist who overlaps hand-drawn works of art with photos to create stunning images. I selected eleven of his Pencil Vs.

Brain Game: Math Square #86

If you're not yet bright-eyed and bushy-tailed today, jump start your noggin with today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game: a brand-new Monday Math Square.

Morning Cup of Links: Superheroes and Villains

Miss Cellania

It's a Bird! It's a Plane! It's...Some Dude?! A night in the lives of real-world super heroes. (via Metafilter) * Why do people confess to doing things they actually didn't do?

9 Essential Facts for the Crustacean Enthusiast

Adam Raymond

1. Let them eat lobster! In colonial America, lobster wasn’t the delicacy it is today. In fact, it was so cheap and plentiful, it was a staple for prisoners and servants.

Weekend Links: Savoring the Sounds of Summer

Allison Keene

One of my favorite things when watching "Mythbusters" is when they go to the slow-mo camera.

Last Week's Most Popular Stories

Jason English

In case you weren't obsessively refreshing mentalfloss.com all week, here's what you

That One Time Abraham Lincoln Threw a Wedding Reception for Tom Thumb

Stacy Conradt

It’s a bit unbelievable to think that Barack Obama would hold a White House wedding reception for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, but something just like that happened almost 150 years ago when Abraham

Weekend Links: Swimming with 13 Million Jellyfish

Allison Keene

Who are the men behind the Man? Check out these great galleries that explore life inside the Secret Service.

Lunchtime Quiz Leftovers

Jason English

What Does a Poet Laureate Actually Do?

Haley Sweetland Edwards

Philip Levine, an American poet, was appointed this week to the poorly paid, less-than-powerful, yet somehow-still-lofty position of United States’ poet laureate, triggering a cacophony of questions f

The Late Movies: Law & Order

Miss Cellania

The TV series Law & Order caught on and spawned Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Law & Order: SVU.

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