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Smooth Operator: How Victor Lustig Sold The Eiffel Tower

Bill DeMain

In May 1925, an article appeared in a Paris newspaper about the decaying condition of the Eiffel Tower.

50 Prison Slang Words To Make You Sound Like a Tough Guy

Matt Soniak

We’ve been just a little bit obsessed with old timey and subcultural slang here at the Floss as of late, and today we’re going to mine one of the richest sources for weird slang and code-talk: crimina

The Social Security Number, A Biography: Part 3

Matt Soniak

The Social Security Office in Baltimore, Maryland.

Why Are Blueprints Blue?

Matt Soniak

Photo Courtesy of the Free Library of PhiladelphiaTechnical drawings of architectural or engineering designs always seem to consist of white images and text on blue paper.

Brain Game: Prison Blues

Today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Wednesday Wordplay challenge celebrates the return of AMC's The Walking Dead series this past Sunday with the first episode of Season 3. Good luck: By c

Morning Cup of Links: The Twilight Zone

Miss Cellania

Police arrested Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein and her running mate Cheri Honkala yesterday outside the Presidential Town Hall Debate.

The Late Movies: M-O-U-S-E! The Original Mickey Mouse Club

Erica Palan

On this day in 1923, Walt and Roy Disney founded The Walt Disney Company. How far that little company has come!

Can You Tattoo a Corpse? And Four Other Fascinating Facts About Death

Stacy Conradt

Photo Courtesy of Order of the Good Death Are you guys watching Caitlin Doughty’s "Ask a Mortician"? You should be.

7 People Who Died and Left Their Fortunes To Strangers

Adrienne Crezo

It's not unusual for wealthy people to leave part or all of their wealth to family and friends. It's extremely rare, however, that people leave estates and fortunes to complete strangers.

Our New Election Collection Is On Sale Until Midnight!

Erin McCarthy

In honor of tonight's second presidential debate, we're putting our our brand-new election collection on sale! If you spend $60 or more, enter FALL10 at checkout to get $10 off.

The Missing Links: These Two Colors Rule Your Life

Colin Patrick

How the Blues & the Reds Run Your

11 Legendary Monsters of Africa

Miss Cellania

The legendary monsters series continues with some scary stories from Africa.

25 Quick By-The-Numbers Facts about U.S. Ambassadors

Laura Turner Garrison

American diplomacy is as old as the country itself.

How Did the Game Genie Work?

Chris Higgins

The Game Genie was the technological holy grail of my Nintendo-playing childhood. Here was a device that would let me play Super Mario Bros. with infinite lives, or get infinite rockets in Metroid.

The Social Security Number, A Biography: Part 2

Matt Soniak

Social Security office in Baltimore, Maryland.