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Rare Shel Silverstein Videos

Chris Higgins

Did you know that Shel Silverstein wrote "A Boy Named Sue," the song made famous by Johnny Cash?

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

Runaway Floating Island An inflated sculpture named "Is Land" was deployed at the Secret Garden Party music festival in Cambridgeshire, England.

Brain Game: Really, Really Bad Rebus #28

Enjoy a new Really, Really Bad Rebus for the Friday Free-for-all segment at the mentalfloss.com Brain Game. Is it me, or are the rebuses getting better? Or worse?

Morning Cup of Links: Mars River

Miss Cellania

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is sending back data that may indicate that the red planet has some flowing water during part of the Martian year.

A (Blue) Scapegoat for the Dow's Recent Plunge

Jason English

"The Dow has lost nearly 1,000 points since the Smurfs rang the opening bell, in case we're looking to pin this on someone." —Tim Siedell, via

The Number of the Day: $20

Colin Patrick

Former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Ray Horton recently sold his red 1999 Mercedes SL500 convertible to a Steelers cafeteria worker named Maurice Matthews for all the money Matthews had in his pocket at

The Bush Family Posing on an Elephant in 1964

Jason English

The original caption says it's a statue. But it fooled me long enough to start searching for other pictures of future presidents posing with extra large animals.

14 Great Examples of Geeky Fine Art

Jill Harness

Fine art is alive and well, and artists often incorporate the fun aspects of pop culture—particularly the geek side of the spectrum. 1. Headless

The Late Movies: XV

Mark Arminio

Thursday night is upon us once again fateful Late Movie goers, which means it's time for the game show that is sweeping the nation—GUESS THE THEME! All the clips below have something in common.

George Barris' Five Most Famous Cars

Stacy Conradt

Did you watch TV at any time during the '60s, '70s or '80s? Then you're probably familiar with George Barris' work.

Principles of the Optical Maser (1963)

Chris Higgins

In this 1963 instructional film, Dr. C.G.B. Garrett of Bell Laboratories explains how the "optical maser" (later known as a "laser") works.

6 Dangerous Stunts of the Silent Movie Era

Bill DeMain

Silent movie comedy was all about slapstick and sight gags.

Who Was General Tso?

Matt Soniak

Zuo Zongtang (sometimes written as Zu? Z?ngtáng or Tso Tsung-t'ang) was one of the greatest military leaders of China’s long and storied history.

Last Chance for Free Shipping in the mental_floss Store!

Jason English

* Offer expires Tuesday, August 9, 2011. Offer valid for U.S. and Canadian mailing addresses

Incredible Shrinking Studios & Instruments

David K. Israel

Soon after I graduated high school, I moved to Long Island to record an album with jazz guitar legend, Pat Martino.