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On the Money: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Coin Portraits

Matt Soniak

During America’s infancy, the government didn’t want to put President George Washington or any of the Founding Fathers on U.S. currency.

Now You Can Dial Your Own Telephone! (1954)

Chris Higgins

In this instructional AT&T film from 1954, host Susann Shaw explains how to dial your own telephone. This was, of course, to ease the transition from operator-assisted calls to dial service.

The Ubiquitous QR Code

David K. Israel

QR codes, or “quick response” codes, were invented more than 15 years ago in Japan as a way to track automobile parts in production.

Words and Phrases You Use Too Much

Jason English

On Fridays, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else's reply, whatever you want.

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

Woman in Speeding Car Fakes Labor Pains Police in New Zealand were chasing a car speeding at over 90 miles per hour, and were about to lay spikes in the road to stop it, when the driver stopped near

Brain Game: Just U and I

Here's today's Free-for-all Friday challenge at the mentalfloss.com Brain Game.

Hi from Comic-Con!

Ransom Riggs

Today I'm going to be signing copies of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children at San Diego's Comic-Con, so if you happen to be one of the happy mutants that managed to snag a tick

Morning Cup of Links: Meme Tats

Miss Cellania

Life in the Post Food-Surplus World. The globalization of food supplies makes one break in the chain a potential disaster. * Parenting, illustrated with crappy pictures™.

Exploring Glacier Caves of Alaska

Jill Harness

Today's not-really-all-that-helpful way to stay cool: 17 gorgeous images of glacier caves hidden near Juneau, Alaska.

The Late Movies: Jump Blues

Matt Soniak

Jump blues is a type of up-tempo blues that first gained popularity in the 1940s and experienced a renewal in interest during the (dreaded) 1990s swing revival.

Jesse James' First Train Robbery

Stacy Conradt

With nothing more than some rope, some guns and a whole lot of gumption, Jesse James committed the first train robbery in the west 138 years ago today. James’ posse, the James and Younger gang, plott

Parrots Name Their Babies

Jill Harness

We already knew that parrots can learn our human languages, but as turns out, they also speak to one another with an incredibly complex language.

7 Major Mafia Murders [Warning: Gruesome Photos]

David K. Israel

1. Benjamin “Bugsy”

How People of the '70s Pictured Space Colonies of the Future

Brett Savage

Back in the early 1970s, when Americans were just plain wild about the (seemingly) imminent reality of living in space, a NASA design study attempted to conceptualize just how such an idea could be br

23 Animals Relaxing With Cool Summer Treats

Jill Harness

All across the country, people are hot and miserable. Perhaps this collection of adorable animals cooling off with icy snacks will help.