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The Origin of "It's 10 PM. Do You Know Where Your Children Are?"

Kara Kovalchik

"It's 10 PM.

15 Dad Facts for Father's Day

Mangesh & Jason

A few years ago, we asked some of our favorite mental_floss writers to send us their favorite dad-related facts and stories for our newsletter. Here are 15 you can use around the grill

Weekend Links: Why Smart People Can Be Stupid

Allison Keene

The New Yorker had a great article out this week about bias studies, the results of which are pretty fascinating (and go against my natural Woody Allen-esque neurotic introspection).

8 Bogus Ideas About Animals

Chris Higgins

Do lemmings really jump off cliffs? Are "daddy longlegs" the deadliest spiders, but with fangs too small to hurt you? Do dogs only see in black-and-white?

"Man of Constant Sorrow," the Blind Fiddler's Tune Everybody Knows

Chris Higgins

Bob Dylan's first national TV appearance came in March of 1963 on a program called "Folk Songs, and More Folk Songs!" He performed three songs, including "Man of Constant Sorrow,&

Last Week's Most Popular Stories

Jason English

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

Weekend Links: The Strange Beach in a Meadow

Allison Keene

The Guardian put out a fantastic article earlier this week about why our food is making us fat.

10 James Joyce Facts in Honor of Bloomsday

Stacy Conradt

Happy Bloomsday!! If you're not a James Joyce aficionado (or if you don't celebrate obscure holidays), June 16 is the day all of the events in Joyce's Ulysses take place.

Famous Novelists on Symbolism in Their Work and Whether It Was Intentional

Lucas Reilly

In 1963, 16-year-old Bruce McAllister mailed a four-question survey to 150 novelists, asking if they intentionally planted symbolism in their work. Here’s what they had to say.

The Late Movies: Pipe Organ Pop

Miss Cellania

A pipe organ sounds so important, so majestic, so ...big.

What's So Great About Where You Live?

Jason English

On Fridays, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments.

Synonyms for "Alone" in That Scene in The Muppets

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There's a great scene in The Muppets where Amy Adams' character uses five synonyms for "by myself" while reading a thesaurus. Can you name them all in two minutes? Here's her line:

"I went to Guinness Book of World Records... __________. Then Ripley's Believe It or Not... __________. And then I ate lunch... __________. And then I walked back here... __________. I'm going for a walk... __________."

The Missing Links: A Great Dad To-Do List

Colin Patrick

In honor of Father’s Day this Sunday, I’ve put together definitive list of how to be a great dad: 1.

Physicians Turned Literary Figures

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An apple a day keeps writerly ambition at bay? Nope, that's not a saying.

Many medical doctors have gone on to figure prominently in the literary world. Which of the following authors were also physicians?

How Aunt Jemima Changed U.S. Trademark Law

Matt Soniak

In the late 19th century, R.T. Davis purchased a struggling milling company that put out a ready-made pancake mix branded with an older, matronly black woman in an apron and kerchief.

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