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The New Issue Is Out!

Mangesh Hattikudur

That's right, folks. The new issue is out on stands today, and it's pretty darn wonderful.

6 Christmas Episodes Worth Mentioning

Kara Kovalchik

Holiday episodes tend to be a bit generic. How many times can you rework A Christmas Carol or The Gift of the Magi into a sitcom plot?

The Top 10 Gift Ideas in the mental_floss Store (Since Black Friday)

Jason English

Still searching for the right gift? Here are the ten most popular items in the mental_floss store this holiday season. If you order between now and Monday, you'll get 15% off your order.

Friday Happy Hour: Unusual Reasons to Fire People

Jason English

Every Friday, 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. Very casual.

Learning About The Cryptozoology Museum

Jill Harness

Boing Boing has a great interview with Loren Coleman, the creator and curator of the International Cryptozoology Museum. Loren has been studying mythical creatures for over 50 years.

Sneak Peek #7: Heating Your Home With Bunnies

Mangesh Hattikudur

The new issue's almost here (stay tuned for the big cover unveiling later today!), but we can't stop the show and tell just yet!

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

Decorated Deer You are used to seeing deer on lawns as Christmas decorations, but in Colorado Springs, you might see a real decorated deer!

Brain Game: Smashing!

By changing one letter at a time to form new words, and leaving all other letters in their original positions, convert the word GLASS into the word BRICK in seven (or fewer) steps.

Morning Cup of Links: Palindromic Owls

Miss Cellania

A Fabulous Journey Through The Known Universe. You're welcome. * A former police officer sees myriad flaws in TSA airport screening procedures.

The Late Movies: Into The Air

Mark Arminio

Today marks the 109th 106th anniversary of Orville and Wilbur Wright's historic flight at Kitty Hawk.

The Quick 10: Happy Anniversary, Simpsons!

Stacy Conradt

If Sitcom Time progressed like real time, Bart Simpson would be 30 today.

A Writer Grows in Brooklyn "“ part 2

David K. Israel

Yesterday, you were shocked to learn how many amazing writers once called Brooklyn 'home.' (You were shocked, weren't you?) Today, we'll take a closer look at some of those writers

10 Years and 1 Day - A Decade in Polaroids

Chris Higgins

Artist Marc Tasman spent 10 years and 1 day taking a daily Polaroid, typically of himself, and has compiled the resulting pictures into a video (below).

Sneak Peek #6: Stephen Hawking's Drive-bys

Mangesh Hattikudur

Our Jan/Feb issue hits newsstands tomorrow (ish), so we're giving you another reason to go out and pick up a copy!

11 Laws Named After People

Ethan Trex

Whether it's by writing the law yourself or by falling victim to tragic circumstances that result in a law being created to save others from your fate, it takes a lot for a person to get their na