In 1980, Detroit presented Saddam Hussein with a key to the city.
Did you know that in Switzerland people ring in the new year by dropping a dollop of cream on the floor?
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.
"¢Â Fortune cookies were introduced by a Japanese (not Chinese!) immigrant named Makoto Hagiwara, who ran a tea room in San Francisco.
Jason English, our esteemed editor, wonders, "How many other Camrys would my remote unlock?
This year I posted a bunch of Sesame Street videos.
Starbucks launched their campaign against AIDS in Africa by putting together singers from 156 countries in one video performing "All You Need is Love".
[update! Jamie Denbo, aka Beverly, has just added a personal note to this post for all us _flossers.
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!
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.
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).
We're counting down the year's most-read mentalfloss.com stories. On Sunday, we rattled off #20 to #14. Here's the next batch.
Archaeology's Hoaxes, Fakes, and Strange Sites. As long as people will fall for them, these shenanigans will continue.
Boingboing linked to these beautiful blueprints straight from Gustave Eiffel's pen, and I completely fell in love with
Forget stress balls and punching bags. If you're feeling destructive and simply want to break something, check out the Anger Release Machine.
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