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Why Do We Say "Cheese" When Having Our Photo Taken?

Matt Soniak

We're not sure when or where a photographer first asked his subjects to state the name of the delicious dairy product, but we do know that when you say "cheese," the corners of your mo

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

Drunk Driving a Barstool 28-year-old Kile Wygle of Newark, Ohio was arrested for drunk driing -on a barstool! The barstool on wheels was powered by a lawn mower engine.

(3) Michelangelo vs. (2) Benjamin Franklin

Tournament of Genius

The Breakdown Two of the bracket's more colorful characters square off here.

Brain Game: Brain O'er Me

Happy Friday! To celebrate the end of the business workweek, a somewhat easier puzzle.

Morning Cup of Links: Mock Duck

Miss Cellania

Surfing the net at work for pleasure actually increases our concentration levels and helps make a more productive workforce.

The Orientalist: Jean-Francois Portaels

Andréa Fernandes

In honor of his 191st birthday, today's "Feel Art Again" features the Belgian painter Jean-Francois Portaels.

The Quick 10: 10 Celebrity Children's Book Authors

Adrienne Crezo

Today is Hans Christian Andersen's birthday; in his honor, IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) has organized International Children's Book Day to celebrate childhood reading

10 Jews, 1 Snowboard!

Mangesh Hattikudur

My very famous friend (City Councilman, Moose Cross Winner, Ski-Archery champ) Dave Bergart keeps one-upping me in cool dorkery.

Whose Father Was He?

Chris Higgins

Errol Morris, documentarian and now blogger for the New York Times, brings us a fascinating investigation into the history of a single photograph (technically an ambrotype).

The 5pm Quiz: Name That Candy Bar

Ethan Trex

As Seinfeld taught us, some men will stop at nothing to stake their claim to a Twix bar that's rightfully theirs.

(1) Leonardo Da Vinci vs. (4) Galileo

Tournament of Genius

The Breakdown This matchup features two Italian guys who need no last names, much less introductions.

$50,000 Tuition Giveaway Winners Announced!

Mangesh & Jason

Today, mental_floss is excited to be giving back. Earlier this year, we teamed up with Borders and Merriam-Webster to run our first ever "College Ain't Cheap!" Tuition Giveaway.

The G20 Update

Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

Linda Rodriguez is reporting from London with more on the G20 and how it's progressing both inside and out. We'll let her take it from here.  So, What's going on

6 Really Strange Truck Spills

Chris Weber

When I first heard that a truck had dumped 40,000 pounds of sausage on Wisconsin highway, my first thought was, "Mmmmm, sausage." My second thought was, "That has to be the weirdest t

What gives YOUR life meaning? (besides mental_floss)

David K. Israel

So I shot and edited a little film/mash-up. While it's very LA-ish, and very Jew-ish, I thought maybe the general population would enjoy it, too.

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