10 Unusual Traditions for Ringing in the New Year around the World

David K. Israel

Did you know that in Switzerland people ring in the new year by dropping a dollop of cream on the floor?

The Quick 10: The Tournament of Roses Parade

Stacy Conradt

This may make me a total dork, but my favorite part about New Year's Day is getting up and watching the Rose Parade in my pajamas.

Dietribes: The Fortune Cookie

Allison Keene

"¢Â Fortune cookies were introduced by a Japanese (not Chinese!) immigrant named Makoto Hagiwara, who ran a tea room in San Francisco.

Can I Unlock Other People's Cars With My Remote?

Matt Soniak

Jason English, our esteemed editor, wonders, "How many other Camrys would my remote unlock?

Best Sesame Street Videos We Posted in 2009

Chris Higgins

This year I posted a bunch of Sesame Street videos.

Morning Cup of Links: Cosmopolitan Gumbo

Miss Cellania

Starbucks launched their campaign against AIDS in Africa by putting together singers from 156 countries in one video performing "All You Need is Love".

The Power of Twitter

David K. Israel

[update! Jamie Denbo, aka Beverly, has just added a personal note to this post for all us _flossers.

How Did You Know, Kris & Ryan Kelly?!

David K. Israel

First a little update: We're now over 760 fans over on the Hunt's Facebook page! Gamers are taking it upon themselves to trade answers through cryptic clues! Nice going Fans!

The Secret Lives of Game Show Hosts

Kara Kovalchik

They've got gleaming, flawless teeth, hair that could withstand hurricane-force winds and emotions that run high when giving away a case of Turtle Wax.

Two More Odd Things I Just Learned About Fish

Matt Soniak

When I'm not blogging for mental_floss, I can usually be found wearing bright orange rubber pants and gutting, cutting and selling fish at my local Whole Foods (and winning awards for it).

The Most Popular Stories of 2009: #13 to #6

Jason English

We're counting down the year's most-read stories. On Sunday, we rattled off #20 to #14. Here's the next batch. 13.

Morning Cup of Links: Unbelievable Things

Miss Cellania

Archaeology's Hoaxes, Fakes, and Strange Sites. As long as people will fall for them, these shenanigans will continue.

Eiffel Tower Blueprints!

Mangesh Hattikudur

Boingboing linked to these beautiful blueprints straight from Gustave Eiffel's pen, and I completely fell in love with

Venting Machine

Mangesh Hattikudur

Forget stress balls and punching bags. If you're feeling destructive and simply want to break something, check out the Anger Release Machine.

Strange Geographies: 2009 Roundup

Ransom Riggs

I've put a lot of miles on my car and my frequent flier card this year, tramping through villages in the South Pacific, abandoned buildings around California, the shorelines of toxic seas and jun