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7 Common Words With Little-Known Relatives

Arika Okrent

When some words hit the big time, they left clunky related words behind.

Brain Game: Math Square #155

Sandy Wood

Morning Cup of Links: Fictional Libraries

Miss Cellania

5 Questions: Fresh "Air"

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Backwards navigation:Forbidden

12 Unconventional Radiators

Amanda Green

Because it's very cold.

How Did Wolves Evolve into Man's Best Friend?

The Week

Implausible as it may seem, your harmless little maltipoo puppy descended from a fearsome line of bloodthirsty wolves.

Win a Copy of <em>F for Effort!</em>

Erin McCarthy

Last Week's Most Popular Stories

Jason English

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

The Greatest Dance Number Ever Filmed

Chris Higgins

Weekend Links: Animals in Snow

Allison Keene

Animals in Snow • The World's Poorest President • 3D Printer Hamburger • NFL Lip Reading • The Evolution of Movie Poster Colors

The Magic of David Copperfield, 1978

Chris Higgins

In 1978, David Copperfield burst onto the scene with an impressively corny-but-endearing TV special shot for CBS.

How Scientists Captured the First-Ever Video of a Giant Squid

Erin McCarthy

In Dr. Edie Widder’s opinion, there’s no animal more appropriate for science fiction than the real life giant squid. “You couldn’t ask for a better alien,” she says.

Weekend Links: Chicago's Frozen Fire

Allison Keene

Graphic Designers Illustrate Client Feedback • How Keys Work • The Myth of Multi-Tasking • Restaurants Ban Food Photography

How Pearl Harbor Led to a War on Pinball

By Prohibition’s end, temperance types had found a new target: pinball. Their crusade got a boost when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor.