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We Are All Americans: The World's Response to 9/11

Haley Sweetland Edwards

In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, people all over the world stood shoulder-to-shoulder in mourning, solidarity, sympathy and friendship with the people of the United States.

Follow @mental_floss on Twitter: Amazing Facts, 140 Characters at a Time

Jason English

Follow @mental_floss. You'll like

9 Looks at History re-imagined with Monsters

David K. Israel

Some narratives can’t be found in history books. That's the kind of stuff we love here at the _floss.

4 Old Men Who Played College Football

Ethan Trex

College football is usually a young man’s game, but occasionally an old timer finds his way onto the field.

Where Were You on 9/11?

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.

Archive Team: A Distributed Preservation of Service Attack

Chris Higgins

Jason Scott is my favorite archivist; I've written about his work on early LOL Cats, Computer Beach Party, his BBS Documentary, and his talk at Defcon 18 about inter-(software)-pirate battles.

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

Gumby Fails at Robbery Police in San Diego are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to a suspect who tried to rob a convenience store in a Gumby costume.

Brain Game: Ow!

The mentalfloss.com Brain Game presents Free-for-all Friday. Enjoy! The five following entries aren’t really medical conditions – they’re anagrams.

Morning Cup of Links: Cool Belgians

Miss Cellania

StoryCorps has recorded over a thousand stories of 9/11 victims as told by their loved ones.

14 Literary Settings Inspired by Real Places

Stacy Conradt

At the end of a good book, do you ever close the back cover, sigh, and think, “I wish I could be there”? Good news: in some cases, you can.

The Late Movies: Guess the Theme XX

Mark Arminio

Thursday night _flossers attend!

How All 32 NFL Teams Got Their Names

Jason English

If you're reading this on your phone at an NFL season kickoff party and searching for conversation fodder, here are the stories behind every NFL team nickname (and what they were almost called).

The Construction of the Pentagon

Jason English

Photo: Myron Davis/TIME & LIFE Pictures The construction of the Pentagon began, eerily enough, on September 11, 1941.

How Military Operations Get Their Code Names

Matthew Hickman

© Hannibal Hanschke/dpa/Corbis Last month the world watched rebel forces pour into Tripoli under the banner of Operation Mermaid Dawn.

A 3D-Rendered Film from 1972

Chris Higgins

Ed Catmull (later a Pixar founder) and Fred Parke (later a professor) made a remarkable film in 1972.