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Witchcraft and the Art of Winemaking

Matt Soniak

Maybe you’ve heard a bad bottle of wine being described as “corked.” This is the fault of TCA, a chemical compound that contaminates wine barrels and corks, giving vino an odor similar to Grandma’s di

Why Is it so Hard for Pandas to Get Pregnant?

Erin McCarthy

In the wild, giant panda mating occurs just as nature specials would have you believe.

Name the Best Drama Series Emmy Winners of the Last 25 Years

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In the last 25 years (1988-2012), 14 different shows have won the Emmy Award for Best Drama Series. How many can you name in 5 minutes?

25 Beautiful Vintage Theater Posters

Jill Harness

The great thing about looking at vintage theater posters is that they not only show us the importance of theater in the time before television, but they also show us what captured the interests of peo

Did Blowing into Nintendo Cartridges Really Help?

Chris Higgins

When I was a kid with a Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), sometimes my games wouldn't load.

Brain Game: Math Square #139

Here's the mentalfloss.com Brain Game Monday Math Square challenge: Place the digits 1 through 9 in the white blanks so that the mathematical equations work both across and down.

Morning Cup of Links: Puppet Proposal

Miss Cellania

The Emmy Awards were handed out last night. Who cares

5 Questions: Happy Monday!

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Last Week's Most Popular Stories

Jason English

In case you weren't obsessively refreshing mentalfloss.com all week, here's what you

How to Taste Coffee

Chris Higgins

Coffee cupping is like wine tasting -- but for coffee.

Weekend Links: 50 Greatest Chase Sequences

Allison Keene

No "best of" list is going to be exhaustive or totally inclusive and they usually deserve a little side-eye but nevertheless this 20 Best Small Towns in America feature is pretty interesting

The Jetsons Premiered 50 Years Ago Today

Jason English

If you're wondering when we'll be getting flying cars and robot maids, the show was set in 2062.

12 Cat-Related Patents That Are Really Quite Bizarre

Erin McCarthy

To visit Google's patent website is to lose yourself in a black hole of totally weird wannabe inventions—a surprising number of which are for your feline friends.

Celebrating the Golden Lobes at IdeaFestival

Jason English

Greetings from Louisville! Will, Mangesh and I are here for IdeaFestival. Yesterday, Mangesh spoke to some of the nation's smartest middle schoolers, who grilled him in a lively Q&A.

The Early History of 5 Spy Agencies

David W Brown

Most intelligence agencies in the U.S. government were formed to solve specific problems, or evolved from preceding organizations. There wasn’t always an FBI, for example.