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February 14th, 2008

Miss Cellania

In Chicago, seven well-dressed men were lined up against a wall and shot through their backs. What really happened at the St.

Own a Piece of History (But Not a Very Important One)

Ethan Trex

If you want to see some truly historic sports memorabilia, you've got to make the trip to a hall of fame or museum.

The Hunting Strategies of Carnivorous Plants

Caroline Donnelly

Not the blood-thirsty Audrey II from Little Shop of Horrors "“ we're talking about the very real plants that feast on insects and invertebrates.

Your Best Worst Commuting Stories

Jason English

I used to write a column called "Commuting Suicide" for YesButNoButYes. For a while, this was fun.

Dietribes: McIntosh Apples

Allison Keene

Apples are ubiquitous in our culture, especially in legend and lore "“ from Isaac Newton to William Tell, Johnny Appleseed to Snow White, Greek mythology to the forbidden fruit of the Bible.

The Year 1975 (As Predicted By 1962)

Ransom Riggs

We here at Mental_floss love to uncover visions of the future -- especially when that "future" is already long past.

4 More things to know about Jack Webb (Part Deux in a series)

Kara Kovalchik

After the color reincarnation of Dragnet had exhausted its run, TV genius Jack Webb decided there were plenty of stories to be mined from the day-to-day exploits of the average cop on patrol duty.

The $39 Experiment

Chris Higgins

In 2006, self-described "average guy" Tom Locke decided to see what he could get companies to send him for free by mailing out 100 letters.

Gotta Have Backup

David K. Israel

I have flat, sensitive, wide feet. They look and feel like they belong to someone grossly overweight and possibly arthritic. Meanwhile, I'm anything but.

February 13th, 2008

Miss Cellania

A beautifully preserved fossil of a tiny pterosaur has been discovered in China. And he's just adorable! * Where do those Valentines Day roses come from?

Feel Art Again: Art Theft

Andréa Fernandes

Yesterday afternoon, four paintings were stolen from the E.G. Buehrle Collection in Switzerland in the largest art robbery in Switzerland's history.

Hometown Haunts T-Shirt Contest

Matt Soniak

I'm from a little dot on the map called Lower Macungie Township.

Photo Challenge #2: Weird Business Names

Ransom Riggs

Calling all photographers: it's time for another mental_floss photo challenge! We got so many great entries for the first challenge, and we're hoping to get even more this time around.

The True Story of Audion

Chris Higgins

As a long-time Mac nerd, I remember fondly the introduction of Audion, an early MP3 player application for the classic Mac OS (and later Mac OS X).

Fact Contest Winner

Jason English

The reader-submitted Amazing Fact that stayed with me all weekend came from Samantha: "The first issue of the Kiss comic books included blood from the band members in its ink." You win a cop