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That Time in 1979 When the U.S. Government Defaulted

Ethan Trex

© Kristoffer Tripplaar/Pool/Corbis As the Congressional debate over the debt ceiling rages on this week, more analysts are raising the question of what would happen if the country defaults on U.S.

An Evening With Ray Bradbury, 2001

Chris Higgins

In this hour-long video from 2001, sci-fi author Ray Bradbury gives the keynote address of The Sixth Annual Writer's Symposium by the Sea.

Incredibly Cool Urban Art Installations

Jill Harness

From Pablo Curutchet's 30' statues of cardboard men to Banksy's keeled over and dead phone booths, these 14 cool art installations are both eye-catching and interactive in a way that fe

What Are You Looking At?

Jill Harness

Quick, what's this a picture of? Here's a hint: it's not a bird and it is a food product. In fact, it used to live under the ocean before it was cooked and photographed.

Brain Game: Got a Match?

The mentalfloss.com Brain Game brings you Think Thursday, right on time.

Morning Cup of Links: How 50 Companies Got Their Names

Brian Abrams

Coca-Cola was named for the cocoa leaves and the kola nuts originally used for its flavoring.

The Truth Behind Eight Units of Measurement

Stacy Conradt

If you're just taking a jiffy to read this, I've got news for you: your time was up a long time ago.

The Late Movies: "Pop Pilgrims" Visit Pop Culture Sites

Chris Higgins

The Onion's AV Club has been traveling the U.S., visiting significant locations from film, TV, and music.

Check us out on Flipboard!

Jason English

If you've got an iPad, you're probably a fan of the social magazine app Flipboard. If you're reading this housekeeping announcement, chances are you don't hate mental_floss.

Discomfort Food: The Strange and Twisted History of Ramen Noodles

Bill DeMain

What comes to mind when you think of Ramen noodles? Dormitories, students, slurping sounds ... and

Fun With Glow Sticks

Chris Higgins

In this video for Bon Yurt yogurt (yes, it's an ad for yogurt), a group of artists paint a room using glow-in-the-dark material from glow sticks, then host a bizarre dancerless dance party.

Dietribes: Lobster Tales

Allison Keene

• Lobster love goes back a long way (1605 marks the first recorded lobster catch), while the creatures were more than plentiful in the 17th and 18th centuries.

The Apple Store: a place you can bring your goat

David K. Israel

We've all seen the videos of people dancing in the Apple store. But what else can one get away with?

The Number of the Day: 106

Colin Patrick

As of June, the Alcor Life Extension Foundation of Scottsdale, Arizona, had 106 patients in various states of cryopreservation (frozen in liquid nitrogen).

A Brief History of the Absolutely Amazing "A"

Matt Soniak

Most modern alphabets start with the letter “A,” or a near equivalent.