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Crazy Talk: A Jealous Congressman and America's First Insanity Defense

Matt Soniak

Image credit: National Archives On a Sunday afternoon in Washington, D.C., in 1859, Philip Barton Key, son of the man who wrote “The Star Spangled Banner,” stood in the park and waved his handkerch

Brain Game: Rollin', Rollin', Rollin'

Can you win mentalfloss.com Brain Game Think Thursday challenge? It's a gamble! In the betting game known as craps, the player starts by rolling two dice and combining their values.

Morning Cup of Links: Far Out Outhouses

Miss Cellania

Hoarding at a certain point becomes a health risk and fodder for reality TV.

Way More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About Animaniacs

Rob Lammle

When I started researching the history of Animaniacs, I contacted creator Tom Ruegger to see if he could fill in some gaps. I expected a few sentences in response to my questions, but Mr.

The Late Movies: Happy Birthday, Billy Joel!

Chris Higgins

Today the Piano Man turns 63. To celebrate, here are ten of his greatest hits (my favorites), arranged in chronological order.

The Missing Links: On Testicles and Valor

Colin Patrick

The Linguistic Association Between Testicles and Valor Juliet Lapidos explains the connection between ballsy and courageous. * The Olympics Require Extreme, Rigorous, State-of-the-Art Performan

World War I Centennial: Recalling the Messenger

Erik Sass

Installment #16: On May 9, 1912, the mounting tensions between Britain and Germany claimed a high-profile victim, if only in the professional sense, with the resignation of Count Paul Wolff-Metternich

Rory Sutherland on Perceived Value

Chris Higgins

Rory Sutherland is one of my favorite TED Talkers (ahem, "Speakers").

8 Scary Tale Castles

Miss Cellania

When I posted 7 Fairy Tale Castles, there were quite a few castles that didn't make the cut.

Brain Game: From a Jack to a King

Today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Wednesday Wordplay challenge is a Word Ladder puzzle named after an old Ned Miller song.

Morning Cup of Links: LOL, LMFAO

Miss Cellania

Pop culture fads evolve and change, until you forget where they started.

19 Amazing Facts About Stuff We Saw at Toys R Us

Jason English

Over on Instagram, we've been taking pictures of things and offering up slightly amusing facts about them. So far we've toured a grocery store and public library. Next up: Toys R

The Late Movies: AC/DC on the Ukulele

Erica Palan

AC/DC is pretty cool. Ukuleles are also pretty cool. What happens when you combine them? Totally awesome videos of people playing AC/DC songs on ukes!

Tea Time Links: Pampering the Stressed-Out Kindergarten Set

Colin Patrick

That Old Write-a-Book-and-Bury-it-for-Discovery-by-a-Mogul Ploy Is the Oldest Trick in the Book Kathy Hepinstall wrote a book that she wants Oprah to read.

Horses Befriending Goats

Jill Harness

It may look like an odd coupling, but race horses and goats have been befriending each other for centuries.