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The (Scientific) Truth about Double Dipping

Mangesh Hattikudur

If you're curious whether or not you should be indulging in the communal cheese dip at this year's Super Bowl party, one scientist has some answers for you. Whether or not the infamous Ge

Weekend Genius Challenge #17A: Like Sandwiches through the Hourglass...

Kara and I have had an impossible time picking a winner for our most recent Weekend Genius Challenge, where we asked you to chime in with your more unusual (but easy-to-make) sandwich concoctions.

Thank God It's Friday: 7 Reasons to Love Dragnet

Kara Kovalchik

Many of today's crime dramas owe a debt to Dragnet and its creator, Jack Webb. This week, let's take a closer look at the man, the legend. 1.

The Sine Wave of Funny

Ransom Riggs

Have you ever heard a super-repetitive joke that seemed kinda funny at first, but the longer you watched it, the funnier it got?

Feel Art Again: "An Enchanted Cellar with Animals"

Andréa Fernandes

Today is "Inspire Your Heart with Art" day, perfectly coinciding with our Thursday edition of "˜Feel Art Again.' To inspire your hearts, I've chosen a drawing, "An Encha

15 Recent Presidential Elections: A Matter of Inches

David K. Israel

As you know, it's Zach Kanin week here at the _floss. Here's a wonderful excerpt from his new book, The Short Book, that looks at the last 15 elections in feet and inches.

January 31st, 2008

Miss Cellania

Stranded at the airport? Don't forget Rule 240. You could be flying out on time with another airline. * Research just in time for your Superbowl party!

Consequences of a less than punctual life




Jason English

"¢ Next week, we're launching a lunchtime companion to Sandy & Kara's wildly popular daily quiz. The new mid-day quiz will be posted here on the blog every weekday at 11:30am EST.

The "Oops" Heard 'Round the World (Or Not)

Matt Soniak

In the last week, I have managed to burn one knuckle on each finger, two fingertips, the palm of one hand and the back of the other. My hands, more or less, look like I washed them in napalm.

The mental_floss Interview: Grant Pace, One of the Visionaries Behind the Bud Bowl

Scott Allen

Grant Pace grew up in Kansas City, attended SMU, and later wrote the very first Bud Bowl ads. He is now the Executive Creative Director at Conover Tuttle Pace in

Shorts That Don't Suck, Vol. III: Arty Edition

Ransom Riggs

For those of you who've been waiting breathlessly for my third installment of "Shorts" (the first two are here and here), sorry it's been so long!

The Amateur New York Subway Riding Committee

Chris Higgins

During spring break at MIT in 1966, Peter R.

Dietribes: Strawberries

Allison Keene

A truly international fruit, the modern strawberries we feast upon today come from an accidental hybrid of North and South American species by way of Europe in the 18th century, although many varietie

Scour Archives, Win Book

Jason English

Who wouldn't want a Graceland-themed pop-up book? Even better, who wouldn't want the chance to tell your friends you won a Graceland-themed pop-up book in a slightly ridiculous mental_flo