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How Did You Know? - {day 3}

David K. Israel

We're back with another 5-day trivia hunt! Again, the rules: Every remaining day this week, I'll be presenting a specific challenge.

Newspaper & Magazine Origins

In the Beginning

Here's a look at the early days of some popular newspapers and magazines. We'll save the story of the humble dormitory origins of mental_floss for another time. The New York

Brain Game: Time for My Close-Up

I was at the drug store buying toothpaste yesterday, and the variety available just astounded me. I remember when there were basically three choices: mint paste, red gel, or green gel.

Our Next Book Giveaway: FBI 100 Years: An Unofficial History

Jason English

[On Monday, I asked for your best photos with celebrities, and I've been obsessively checking the flossypics@gmail.com inbox ever since.

A Brief History of Dubious Dieting

Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

Most of the world seems to think that America invented obesity sometime in the last century, but the truth is, fat has always been a part of life (witness Hatshepsut, one of the great ancient Egyptian

The Goose, The Gulf War, and The Jedi: Super Bowl Memories from Tampa Bay

Scott Allen

If Sunday's Super Bowl is like most of the previous 42, it will be forgettable unless you consider the Terrible Towel a fashion accessory or are one of the few and, at long last, proud Cardinals

The Quick 10: 10 Diamond-Encrusted Things You Don't Need

Stacy Conradt

I would think that in this economy, the proliferation of everyday items festooned with diamonds would grind to a halt. But I'm wrong, and here are 10 pieces of evidence that prove it. 1.

The Bacon Explosion

Chris Higgins

Today's cultural milestone: The Bacon Explosion, a piece in the New York Times about the proliferation of food blogging on the internet.

"Immortal" Jellyfish Ages Backwards

Ransom Riggs

No, this isn't a Benjamin Button publicity stunt -- this is more akin to scary science-fiction.

Dietribes: The Sandwich

Allison Keene

Since we've covered the origins of various sandwiches in other Dietribes, this week we're looking at some straight up sandwich facts and figures, some of which may astound and amaze!

How Did You Know? - {day 2}

David K. Israel

We're back with another 5-day trivia hunt! Again, the rules: Every remaining day this week, I'll be presenting a specific challenge.

Brain Game: A Clockwork Bovine

Two cows walk into a milk bar and order watercress sandwiches. Alex DeLarge winks at his droogs and then walks over to the pair of heifers.

Morning Cup of Links: Squashed by a Hippo

Miss Cellania

Fast Lane to the Future. India's new national superhighway has the potential to link different cultures, languages, and classes.

Four Artists Around the World

Andréa Fernandes

January 27 is a significant for four artists around the world.

What Else Is On Super Bowl Sunday?

Ethan Trex

As the Super Bowl approaches, your Sunday night plans are probably firming up. And, if you're like millions of other casual sports fans, these plans probably involve sitting in front of a TV.

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