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Is your small change worth big bucks?

I was thinking about yesterday's state quarters quiz (scroll down, it's not too far) and it got me wondering about our coins in general.

What the Okapi?

Mangesh Hattikudur

It doesn't take a genius to figure out that I love animals, ridiculous creatures that they are. So, why is it that it's taken me so long to hear about the Okapi?

The Fragrance of Vagrants

Mangesh Hattikudur

Being big fans of soup, soup Nazis and various soup-styled book covers, I couldn't help but post about HoboSoup (for the record, I'm also a fan of hobos).

Dog Days of Neunkirchen

Mangesh Hattikudur

I saw pics of this dog walking around, and immediately thought "What a croc!" Of course, I meant it in a totally admiring way.

A Brief History of Hooch

Jason Plautz

I came across this story last week about a man being prosecuted for making moonshine, which got me to thinking; do people still make moonshine?

Home tiny home

Ransom Riggs

Small, apparently, is in.

Name That School

Jason English

School names generally fall into four categories. They

Rubber Ducky Flotilla Nearing Britain

Chris Higgins

In 1992, a cargo of 29,000 plastic (not rubber) ducks, turtles, and frogs was swept overboard from a container ship. The ship was bound for Seattle, carrying a cargo of toys manufactured in China.

Intrauterine sounds


If you're feeling an urge to regress--past latency, even!--perhaps you should consider a system called BabyPlus, where you can hear what babies hear during varying stages of development.

Computer Trap Shoot

Miss Cellania

If you've ever felt that shooting your computer would be the only way to totally vent your frustrations, be assured that you aren't the first to feel that way.

The Worst Internship Possible

Jason Plautz

As my byline suggests, I am an intern here at mental_floss.

Now that's a significant amount of calamari

Ransom Riggs

I really hate to rain on the parade of the fishermen who caught that 20-foot-long colossal squid in 2003, but the record's been broken -- by a whopping 13 feet.

Stuck In My Head: The Theme From Pee-Wee's Playhouse

Jason English

I woke up with the Pee-Wee's Playhouse theme stuck in my head. On repeat. This seems crazy to me, since I haven't watched an episode of Pee-Wee's Playhouse in over a decade.

Coinage contest

David K. Israel

You've waited long enough!

Fourth of July Fireworks

Miss Cellania

The celebration of American Independence Day has never been small, subdued, or quiet.