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Weekend Genius Challenge #15 Winners!

Weekend Genius Challenge #15 lived up to its name, garnering some truly genius responses. As sometimes happens, we couldn't settle on a winner, or even two.

Attack of the Blurbs

Ransom Riggs

What movie ad would be complete without a breathlessly enthusiastic blurb from a critic you've never heard of?

Send Us Your Photos: The Oldest Thing You Own

Chris Higgins

We're working on a new feature for mentalfloss.com involving reader-submitted photos. To get things rolling, we're putting out a call for photos of the oldest thing you own.

Feel Art Again: Irises

Andréa Fernandes

Many late-nineteenth century artists became fascinated with Japanese woodblock prints and began producing works influenced by the Japanese art.

Tuesday Turnip

David K. Israel

It's time for another whimsical Tuesday Turnip search wherein I type a random phrase and we see what kind of interesting factoids "turn-up." Over the last couple weeks, I've see

12 Presidential Candidates to Keep Your Eye On

Miss Cellania

Most political junkies can name all 16 major presidential candidates, but there were 42 candidates on the ballots in the New Hampshire primary!

January 15th, 2008

Miss Cellania

Growing a new beating heart from stem cells.

Lewis Lavoie and his Amazing Mosaics

Mangesh Hattikudur

The always inspiring Neatorama linked to this great piece by mural artist Lewis Lavoie.

Weight issues

Becky

Last November, Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling negotiated himself an eight-digit one-year contract...with a built-in "fat clause" that would give him $2 million in "weight incentives.&qu

America's Nastiest Toxic Waste Dumps (And Whether Or Not You Live Near One)

Chris Weber

Superfund is both an actual fund and a shorthand term for the list of America's nastiest toxic waste sites. One in two Americans lives within ten miles of a Superfund site.

Viva la Rambolution: 'Rambo' Ad Comes Full-Circle

Ransom Riggs

Some of you might be aware that there's a new Rambo flick coming out this month (in the new tradition of Sylvester Stallone reviving his old franchises, a la Rocky Balboa).

The First Time News Was Fit To Print, XXIII

Jason English

In case you missed our first twenty-two volumes or the greatest hits edition, let me explain. Every Monday, we head into the archives of The New York Times to find first mentions worth mentioning.

Required Viewing: People in Order

Chris Higgins

This week brings us a new occasional feature: Required Viewing. We'll highlight videos -- viral and otherwise -- that are particularly flossy.

mental_floss on NPR

Jason English

Our own Will Pearson was a guest on All Things Considered yesterday. Andrea Seabrook had him on to talk about our most recent book, In The Beginning.

Macworld Speculations

Miss Cellania

The Macworld Conference begins today in San Francisco, and the Macworld Expo opens tomorrow morning with Steve Jobs' keynote speech, where he customarily talks about everything Apple has done ove

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