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The Missing Links: Murray and the Magician

Colin Patrick

Life at the DNC Take a look at the fantastic shots compiled by LIFE at the Democratic National Convention over a handful of decades.

One Man's Face, 12.5 Years

Chris Higgins

Photographer Noah Kalina has been taking a picture of himself every day since January 11, 2000. He's so dedicated to his "Everyday" project that he made an app for it.

17 Euphemisms for Sex From the 1800s

Adrienne Crezo

While shoe-horning these into conversation today might prove difficult, these 17 synonyms for sex were used often enough in 19th-century England to earn a place in the 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar To

15 Third-Party Presidential Candidates

Miss Cellania

You don't have to read mental_floss to know that President Obama is running for re-election on the Democratic ticket and that Mitt Romney is opposing him on the Republican ticket.

And Now for Some Geeky Weather Humor

Jason English

If you're squinting and still can't make that out, it says, "Kirk is not expected to live long and prosper." Thanks to Michael Fusion for bringing this to our

5 Things to Remember About Teachers for Back to School

Kathy Benjamin

Earlier this year you may have heard about a “War on Teachers,” where discussions of how little teachers work compared to how much they're paid got a lot of play in the media.

What Are "Dibs"?

Kara Kovalchik

Everyone wants dibs (such as “I’ve got dibs on that last piece of pizza!”) but do we know what they are or why we call them?

Brain Game: In the Middle

Keep an eye out for an exciting presidential event coming up in October here at mentalfloss.com.

Morning Cup of Links: Gangnam Duck

Miss Cellania

Did you hear the one about the Indian bloggers who Samsung flew to Berlin to see their new gadgets?

5 Questions: Gone Hunting

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The Foot Powder That Ran for Mayor (and Won!)

Dan Lewis

Dan Lewis runs the wildly popular daily newsletter Now I Know (“Learn Something New Every Day, By Email”). To subscribe to his daily email, click

19 Videos That Make Learning Fun

Andréa Fernandes

Labor Day generally marks the end of summer and the start of a new school year.

The Missing Links: Just Say No to the Squirt Gun Flamethrower

Colin Patrick

The Arm of the Law Really Is Quite Long It reaches five decades backward in time. And all for a lousy dime. * Squirt Gun Flamethrower Just Sounds Like a Bad Idea An awesome idea.

How Secure Are Electronic Voting Machines?

Ethan Trex

It’s not that the machines have slight security glitches. It’s more that they’re almost comically hacker-friendly. Take the touchscreen Diebold Accuvote system.

Where Did the Name "Teamsters" Come From?

Kara Kovalchik

The name dates back to 1903, when most deliveries were made by horse-drawn wagons.