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Video: The Antikythera Mechanism

Chris Higgins

The Antikythera Mechanism is an ancient artifact discovered circa 1900 CE on a shipwreck known as the Antikythera wreck.

Fox Steals Everyone's Shoes

Jill Harness

Missing one of your shoes and just can't seem to find it? If any foxes live in your area, perhaps you should check their holes.

Name Stanley Kubrick's Films

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In a career that spanned five decades, Stanley Kubrick directed 13 feature films. How many can you name in 3 minutes?

The Most Frightening Dance You'll Ever See

Mangesh & Jason

Ed note: This post has been sponsored by the Warner Brother's film Invictus, out on DVD and Blu-ray on May 18th.


David K. Israel

For the first time in the history of the blogosphere, several major sites, including our friends over at Treehugger, Boing Boing and Neatorama, are coming together for a good cause.

Today's 5 Questions

Jason English

Since way back on September 16, 2002, research editors Sandy Wood and Kara Kovalchik have been cranking out daily five-question quizzes.

Brain Game: Math Square #25

The nine white squares inside the main red grid should be filled with the digits 1 through 9. Each digit should appear only once in this main grid. Two of these numbers are already provided for you.

Morning Cup of Links: Grad Gifts for Nerds

Colin Patrick

Are you a die-hard LOST fan still coming to terms with the fact that it will all be over this week?

5 Questions: It's in the Pudding

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Strange Geographies: Death in Venice

Ransom Riggs

If you've got the money, you can live in Venice. If you're a romantic, you can die in Venice. But you cannot be buried in Venice.

Last Week's Most Popular Stories

Jason English

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

The Weekend Links: Sunday Edition

Allison Keene

From Flossy reader Jessica, here are the secret lives of 20 obscure elements we simply couldn't do without. * A really cool population map about where we live (in the US), and where we're

10 Special Edition Mr. Potato Heads With Fantastic Names

Stacy Conradt

The Iron Man edition of Mr. Potato Head is named Tony Starch.

The Weekend Links: Saturday Edition

Allison Keene

From great links contributor Rebecca we have the Bronte Sisters Power Dolls!

Attention Cleveland: Come to the mental_floss Retail Store on Saturday!

Jason English

Although I don't think we have any die-hard basketball fans in our Ohio office, they all seemed pretty down about the Cavaliers' loss to Boston—perhaps the last game LeBron James p