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8 Truly Strange Christmas Customs

Miss Cellania

The holiday called Christmas is an amalgam of many winter holidays from around the world.

What Songs Give Good Workout?

David K. Israel

One of the cooler aspects of this site, at least for me, is the sense of community it creates.

4 Toys That Have Gone to War for America

the mag

Editor's Note: To promote the mental_floss Holiday Subscription Special, I've asked co-founders Will Pearson and Mangesh Hattikudur to select some of their favorite mag articles from 2008.

Morning Cup of Links: Private Cat Elevator

Miss Cellania

The TIME Top 10 Everything of 2008, from iPhone apps to awkward moments. That settles it; we won't need any other year end lists. * Should You Switch to LED Christmas Lights To Save Money?

Brain Game: New Jerseys

Well, we've done a 3x3 logic puzzle, and a 4x4. I went crazy last week and did a 3x3x3. Today, I pull out all the stops with a 9x9.

Evolving Mona Lisa

Chris Higgins

Last month I pointed to a stunt (er, experiment?) in which the Mythbusters painted Leonardo's Mona Lisa using a computer-controlled paint gun.

11 Notable Presidential Pardons

Ethan Trex

As George W. Bush's second term winds to a close, he's being inundated with requests for pardons.

6 Reasons Why James Lipton is the Coolest

Jason Plautz

As host of Inside the Actor's Studio, James Lipton has garnered a reputation as a stuffy academic, throwing around words like "existential" and sounding out every syllable in "ext

The 4pm Quiz: Skin Disease or Dungeons & Dragons Character? (#69)

Jason English

At 4pm each day in December, we'll be counting down some of our most popular quizzes.

The Quick 10: The 10 Worst Christmas Movies Ever

Stacy Conradt

I did Holiday Horror the other day, so this is similar... just a different brand of horror. This list is from the guys over at Film School Rejects.

The Queen of Cool & the Sandman: The people who make our blue jeans

Special Guest Star

by Kelsey Timmerman, author of Where Am I Wearing? In my global quest to answer the question "Where Am I Wearing?" I picked my favorite items out of my wardrobe and traced them back to

The Daily Routines of Interesting People

Ransom Riggs

Everyone's got a routine, especially people who make a living writing or painting or doing some other kind of self-directed creative activity; you've got to provide the mind a structured spa

Not Your Everyday Holiday Gift Wrap

Miss Cellania

Take a step away from red and green foil paper and satin bows under the Christmas tree!

Brain Game: Sandy's Shopping Spin

Have you ever grabbed a shopping cart while entering a grocery store or department store, just to find someone's discarded shopping list inside? Well, I have.

Morning Cup of Links: the Unforgettable Amnesiac

Miss Cellania

The Unforgettable Amnesiac.