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Lectures for a New Year: Malcolm Gladwell on Spaghetti Sauce

Chris Higgins

Malcolm Gladwell is the author of iconic books including Blink and The Tipping Point.

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

New Species is Really Faux Hawk A farmer in New Zealand is in trouble for painting hawks.

10 Other People Ronald Reagan's Diary Only Mentions Once

Jason English

During last night's GOP debate, Mitt Romney attempted to minimize Newt Gingrich's connection to President

Brain Game: Flowing Like a River

First things first: Congratulations to Maria, who won our "Extremely Short Story" challenge in last Friday's mentalfloss.com Brain Game.

Morning Cup of Links: ISS Horror Film

Miss Cellania

After the blackouts: What's next for SOPA?

6 Towns That Claim Paul Bunyan as Their Own (and What They Should Be Bragging About Instead)

Benjamin Smith

Everyone knows Paul Bunyan: a man of extraordinary stature who traveled the country with an ox of extraordinary color. Everyone also knows that this folkloric hero is blatantly imaginary.

The Late Movies: Guess The Theme 38

Mark Arminio

Attention _flossers! It's time once again for everyone's favorite Thursday night game — GUESS THE THEME. All the clips below have something in common.

Once Upon a Midnight Dreary, the Poe Toaster Failed to Show

Stacy Conradt

© Lee Snider/Photo Images/Corbis For more than sixty years, a character right out of one of Edgar Allan Poe’s gothic tales left gifts at the author’s gravestone to honor his birthday on January 19.

37 Vintage Travel Posters From the Library of Congress

Jill Harness

While old travel posters still remind us why specific locations would make excellent vacation destinations, they also capture the popular artwork styles and values of the period in which they were mad

Mail Call! Looking for Letters About Our Latest Issue

Jason English

The new issue of mental_floss is now on newsstands and coffee tables and wherever else magazines are hoarded.

Why Don't You Hear Someone's Accent in a Song?

Matt Soniak

Reader Jared wrote in with this question: "Why do singers I perceive as having accents (i.e. Adele, Bono, etc.) have those accents when they talk, but not when they

At the Libraries: Police Sent to Retrieve Library Books

Miss Kathleen

Each week Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books. If there’s something noteworthy going on in your local library, leave us a

Jive Talkin’: The Origins of Cool Dudes, Groovy Chicks and Hip Cats

Bill DeMain

How long have the fashionable people been referred to as "cool"? Where did the word "dude" come from? Here's a look at the origins of six calmly audacious words. 1.

Lectures for a New Year: How Schools Fail Creative Kids

Chris Higgins

Sir Ken Robinson is an educator (a former professor) who believes that the fundamental principles we use to educate our children are wrong.

11 Brilliantly Colorized Historic Photos

David K. Israel

Swedish artist Sanna Dullaway loves to colorize historic photos. Something she does for fun, but also as a business.