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The Quick 10: How 10 Famous People Were Rejected

Stacy Conradt

As a writer, I have definitely gotten my share of rejection letters. It's a bit disheartening, to be sure.

How Nate Silver Predicted Obama's Win

Chris Higgins

Throughout last year's election, Nate Silver ran a fascinating website called FiveThirtyEight, named after the number of electors in the United States electoral college.

8 Successful People Grateful They Got Canned

Ethan Trex

In our tough economic climate, it's worth reminding ourselves that losing a job might not be the end of the world.

5 New short story formats exploding on the web

David K. Israel

As you recall, we've started a new feature on this blog called No Small Tales. The idea is to publish one short story a month by and up-and-coming author.

Angels of Death: 6 More Medical Murderers

Miss Cellania

In this third installment of Angels of Death, we'll take a look at several serial medical murderers you may have never heard of.

Brain Game: I Heart Huxtables

At the Huxtable household, Valentine's Day is a special day.

Poems from Beneath the Mire

Ransom Riggs

We don't write much about poetry here at the floss, which is something I'm considering changing, since it's so easy to post, talk about and enjoy.

Morning Cup of Links: 50-foot Snake

Miss Cellania

Titanoboa cerrejonensis was a prehistoric snake that grew up to 15 meters long and could swallow crocodiles whole! Luckily, it would never be able to hide on a plane.

9 Pixar References in Other Pixar Movies

Stacy Conradt

In every Pixar film, you'll find at least one reference to another Pixar movie, but usually there are a whole lot more.

Atop the World's Tallest Trees

Chris Higgins

Richard Preston is best known for his book The Hot Zone, a thriller about the Ebola virus.

Calling All T-Shirt Designers (And Announcing a 15%-off Sale)

Mangesh & Jason

If you've ever had a great idea for a mental_floss shirt, now's your chance to profit from it. We're once again accepting t-shirt slogans.

Why Do Onions Make You Cry?

Matt Soniak

The onion has been traced back as far as the Bronze Age and was worshipped by the Ancient Egyptians (and eaten by the Israelites during their bondage in Egypt).

What Our Friends (of the Floss) Are Up To

Jason English

Every now and again, we post a quick round-up of what our friends (as determined by their inclusion in our 'Friends of the Floss' list on our homepage) are doing.

Take Your Best $hot: 4 Average Joe Millionaires

Scott Allen

Every night, unsuspecting basketball fans at arenas throughout the country are given a shot "“ or shots "“ at the adulation of thousands and promotional prizes ranging from gift certificates

5 Jaw-dropping Interviews

Ransom Riggs

Often little more than a rote exercise for celebrities on tightly-managed publicity tours, interviews can be the endless talking heads that make people think all documentaries are snooze-fests or fill

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