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36 of the Geekiest Tattoos from Comic-Con 2011

Jill Harness

There are plenty of geeks at Comic-Con, but only a true fan would get a tattoo of his or her favorite comics, movies or other pop culture icons.

Even More Fun Finds from the 99¢ Store

David K. Israel

Welcome back to another installment! As you loyal readers know, each year I make a trip to the 99¢ store and bring my camera to bring you the best/funniest finds from my pilgrimage.

11 Prominent Authors Who Excelled in Sports

Conor McKeon

Some of the most important literary figures of the last century had previously made a name for themselves in athletics.

The Number of the Day: 72

Colin Patrick

The Keret House, a proposed single-occupancy office and residence in Warsaw, Poland, will be built between two existing buildings and feature an interior width of only 72 centimeters (28.3 inches) at

At the Libraries: Librarian Stereotypes

Miss Kathleen

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

That Time in 1979 When the U.S. Government Defaulted

Ethan Trex

© Kristoffer Tripplaar/Pool/Corbis As the Congressional debate over the debt ceiling rages on this week, more analysts are raising the question of what would happen if the country defaults on U.S.

An Evening With Ray Bradbury, 2001

Chris Higgins

In this hour-long video from 2001, sci-fi author Ray Bradbury gives the keynote address of The Sixth Annual Writer's Symposium by the Sea.

Incredibly Cool Urban Art Installations

Jill Harness

From Pablo Curutchet's 30' statues of cardboard men to Banksy's keeled over and dead phone booths, these 14 cool art installations are both eye-catching and interactive in a way that fe

What Are You Looking At?

Jill Harness

Quick, what's this a picture of? Here's a hint: it's not a bird and it is a food product. In fact, it used to live under the ocean before it was cooked and photographed.

Brain Game: Got a Match?

The mentalfloss.com Brain Game brings you Think Thursday, right on time.

Morning Cup of Links: How 50 Companies Got Their Names

Brian Abrams

Coca-Cola was named for the cocoa leaves and the kola nuts originally used for its flavoring.

The Truth Behind Eight Units of Measurement

Stacy Conradt

If you're just taking a jiffy to read this, I've got news for you: your time was up a long time ago.

The Late Movies: "Pop Pilgrims" Visit Pop Culture Sites

Chris Higgins

The Onion's AV Club has been traveling the U.S., visiting significant locations from film, TV, and music.

Check us out on Flipboard!

Jason English

If you've got an iPad, you're probably a fan of the social magazine app Flipboard. If you're reading this housekeeping announcement, chances are you don't hate mental_floss.

Discomfort Food: The Strange and Twisted History of Ramen Noodles

Bill DeMain

What comes to mind when you think of Ramen noodles? Dormitories, students, slurping sounds ... and