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12 Beloved Children's Authors Who Also Wrote for Grown-Ups

Adrienne Crezo

You've probably heard by now that Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has a new book releasing this week, and it is definitely not for children.

The Missing Links: Horrible Things That Make You Happy

Colin Patrick

Looking at Einstein’s Brain: There’s An App For That? Yes, yes there is. * Charles Manson Just Doesn’t Make As Much Sense As You’d Think And that’s certainly saying something.

Why Are Bottles of Champagne Smashed On New Ships?

Matt Soniak

Before a ship slides from its berth into the water, it must first get hit on—by a bottle of booze, usually champagne. Here’s the lowdown on the history and physics of smashing some bubbly and launchin

Why Does a Laptop Need Its Own Bin at Airport Security?

Erin McCarthy

Taking your laptop out of your bag is the second most annoying thing travelers have to do at airport security (number one, of course, is being forced to remove your shoes and put your bare feet on the

Brain Game: Digging Clams

Here's hoping you'll dig today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Wednesday Wordplay challenge: By changing one letter in each step to form English words, and leaving all other letters in

Morning Cup of Links: Oscar Bait

Miss Cellania

The 23 Most Important Lessons Learned During Your Childhood. Illustrated with images from TV, which is where they are learned. * The Most Controversial Game Endings in Sports.

Violent Video Games May Increase Your Pain Tolerance

Jill Harness

Worried you might be tortured and interrogated soon, but don't want to break down too quickly?

There's a First World. There's a Third World. Is There a Second World?

Matt Soniak

We often hear about the plights of the Third World, and most of us have our share of First World problems. But is there something in between—a Second World?

The Late Movies: National Anthems at Fenway Park

Erica Palan

On this day in 1911, ground was broken for Fenway Park. Though there have since been attempts to update and move the park, fans feel strongly about the storied baseball stadium.

The Missing Links: Google-fying the Real World

Colin Patrick

Making “Google Street View” Match Real World Streets An artist is taking those people famously frozen forever in Google Street View and adding them in the real world to the exact spot they were captu

9 More 2012 Presidential Candidates

Miss Cellania

The third party presidential candidates we told you about a couple of weeks ago were only the top of the list of those running for president in 2012.

5 Heartbreaking (or Miraculous) Moments in Sports Betting History

Ethan Trex

A controversial call at the end of Monday Night Football cost Green Bay a victory last night, and the referee's decision swung an estimated $150-$250 million in the gambling world.

Brain Game: Flippin' Whigs

October brings with it an exciting presidential event here at mentalfloss.com; more on that very soon!

Morning Cup of Links: Feline Film Favorites

Miss Cellania

The Shameful History of WWII Japanese American Internment. Shameful, but no longer swept under the rug as it was a few decades ago. * Cats Act Out Their Favorite Movies. I forgot how funny E.T.

The Late Movies: Wonderful Book Trailers

Andréa Fernandes

I love how creative the book industry's marketing efforts have become.