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Retro Trek

Miss Cellania

The eleventh Star Trek feature film, named simply Star Trek, opened over the weekend to rave reviews.

Brain Game: Don't Let Go

Changing one letter at a time to create new words - and leaving the other letters in their original spots - can you change the word GRASP to the word FLOSS in only four steps?

3 Pairs of songs played back-to-back on the radio

David K. Israel

Before I even get into the subject, let me just state up front: I know there are plenty of other songs that are usually played back-to-back on the radio. These are just some of my favorites.

Morning Cup of Links: Relocating a Nation

Miss Cellania

President Obama and comedian Wanda Sykes both had plenty of fun to poke at everyone at the annual White House Correspondents Association dinner Saturday night. * The Maldives is an island nation in

5 Superior Mothers

Kara Kovalchik

Mothers come in all shapes, forms, classifications, and species.

What You Missed & What We Learned

Jason English

In case you weren't obsessively refreshing mentalfloss.com all week, here's what you missed: Top 5 Stories Originally Posted This

The Weekend Links

Allison Keene

Criss Angel walks through glass, and someone on the internet offers an explanation of how. * Extra! Extra! Read all about it: Spiders are getting bigger! (May cause anxiety for arachnophobes).

The Late Movies: All About Mom

Mario Marsicano

To all the moms in the audience, I wish you a very happy Mothers' Day!

John Hodgman on His Daughter, Hodgmina

Chris Higgins

Author/minor celebrity/hobothusiast John Hodgman is a man of many talents. He's an author, actor, and even Resident Expert on The Daily Show. I'll admit, I'm kind of a fan.

The 5pm Quiz: But I Play One On TV

Jason English

Sitcoms taught me a lot about the working world. Dr. Jason Seaver (Growing Pains) proved that working from home was an option.

The Quick 10: 10 Animals Named After Celebrities

Stacy Conradt

It's old news by now that Stephen Colbert now has a beetle named after him the Agaporomorphus colberti.

8 Memorable TV Uncles

Kara Kovalchik

Extended family members always seem to figure more prominently in TV-land than in real life; in this first part of an occasional series, we take a look at some of the more memorable uncles who have gr

"Big in Japan," Tacos, and a Chance to Win a Terrific New CD

Terri Dann

So it seems Thursday night was a big night for music among the mental_floss staff. The NYC staff partied at the well-publicized New Amsterdam Records blowout in Brooklyn.

The Mysteries of Kava

Ransom Riggs

Kava is a plant that grows in warm places, the root extract of which many Pacific Islander cultures drink on a regular basis. Is it safe? Should it be legal in the US? Does it fight cancer?

Friday Happy Hour: Seismic Career Changes

Jason English

1. I just learned that someone I went to school with has traded his job at a law firm for a new and different career "“ he's now a pet psychic, with a pet psychic website and everything.

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