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7 Simple Rules For How To Take A Nap

Ransom Riggs

Sleeping lab image via Shutterstock Birds do it, bees do it (we think), even educated monkeys do it. So let's do it, people. Let's fall asleep.

Feel Art Again returns!

Andréa Fernandes

On the eighth day of Christmas, mental_floss gave to me... eight reader requests! "Feel Art Again" was on hiatus for a month, but we're back today and better than ever!

The Internet Looks Back at 2008

Miss Cellania

The internet as we know it was built by, and is populated with, people who are just obsessive-compulsive enough to appreciate a good, ranked top ten list.

The Stories Behind 20 Muppet Favorites

Stacy Conradt

Like a lot of you, I grew up on Sesame Street and the Muppets. But did you ever stop to wonder where they came from?

Morning Cup of Links: Born with Numbers

Miss Cellania

The Legend of Master Legend. Rolling Stone takes a hilarious look at the lives behind real life super heroes.

He Took a Polaroid Every Day, Until the Day He Died

Chris Higgins

Editor's Note: This was our most popular post of 2008.Yesterday I came across a slightly mysterious website -- a collection of Polaroids, one per day, from March 31, 1979 through October 25, 1997

Coke & Pepsi: What's the Difference?

the mag

There's no denying that cola aficionados have refined palettes. They can tell a vintage RC Cola just from the nose, and their cellars are stocked full of Shasta, Tab and Pepsi Kona.

Too Much Time On My Hands: Why Do We Have Leap Years?

Matt Soniak

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The First Time News Was Fit To Print: Best of 2008

Jason English

Every now and again, I head into the online archives of The New York Times and dig up the first time the paper covered various topics.

Why Do We Yawn?

Matt Soniak

The short answer is that no one really knows. The long answer is that no one really knows, but there are plenty of interesting theories: 1.

10 Bizarre Athlete Superstitions

Ethan Trex

If any group has a reason to be superstitious, it's professional athletes.

6 New Year Traditions from Around the World

Miss Cellania

American New Year traditions include the ball drop in Times Square, the Tournament of Roses Parade, fireworks, year-end lists, New Year's resolutions, a toast and/or a kiss at midnight, Auld Lang

Dietribes: Champagne Supernova

Allison Keene

Estimated CO2 released by Americans on New Year's? 8 tons Price for a bottle of Czar Nicholas II's champagne salvaged from a sunken ship?

A New Year's Eve Champagne FAQ

Ethan Trex

As midnight approaches on December 31st, more than a few of us will crack open a bottle or two of champagne to help toast in the New Year.

6 Cases of Shamelessly False Advertising

Kristen Steagall

Sometimes false advertising is easy to spot.

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