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Alice Neel Exposed

Andréa Fernandes

Exactly 109 years ago today, the American artist Alice Neel (1900-1984) was born. Neel was everything an artist should be—controversial, bohemian, and interesting.

"Tails," Mickey Rourke, Palin 2012 & Other Things You Can Bet On

Ethan Trex

It's easy to find a place online where you can place a bet on the Steelers, who are favored by 7 points in Sunday's big game.

Our Next Book Giveaway: Archimedes to Hawking

Jason English

At various points during our month of book giveaways, I've asked you to channel your inner architect, misleading medical consultant and quizmaster.

Town Slogan Contest Winners!!

Jason English

Two weeks ago, we asked you to come up with new slogans for your towns. Over 350 entries and a dozen "what's the delay?" emails later, we're excited to announce three winners.

The Quick 15: The Forbes Fictional 15

Stacy Conradt

You're probably familiar with the Forbes magazine lists: richest people in the world, most expensive zip codes to live in, best companies to work for.

Angels of Death: 7 More Medical Murderers

Miss Cellania

In part one of Angels of Death, you saw the stories of eight medical professionals who killed their patients. That's just scratching the surface of the many cases of medical murders.

The Long & Winding Road to SB XLIII

This Sunday, many of us will be glued to the television to enjoy the most important pro football game of the year.

What Does I.Q. Really Test?

Chris Higgins

Back in 2007, Malcolm Gladwell wrote a terrific article for The New Yorker on the history of I.Q.

How to Survive Being Homeless

Ransom Riggs

I live in Los Angeles, confronted by homelessness daily.

Smearing Cream Cheese On Newborns & Other Stories About Famous Multiples

Kara Kovalchik

On January 26, a woman in Bellflower, California, gave birth to octuplets "“ six boys and two girls. This bunch of babies is only the second set of live-born octuplets in the U.S.

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

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