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Scenes From the 1908 London Olympic Marathon

Orrin Konheim

In honor of today's Olympic marathon, here's a look back at the origin of the race, plus an explanation of the whole ".2"

Last Week's Most Popular Stories

Jason English

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

Programming Note: This Month We're Celebrating the 11th on Monday

Jason English

11 image via Shutterstock If you're new around here, on the 11th day of every month we run at least 11 '11 lists' (like '10 lists' but slightly longer).

8 Underdog Nations and Their Memorable Olympic Performances

Orrin Konheim

This week, the tiny Caribbean nation of Grenada won its first Olympic medal when 19-year-old Kirani James took the gold in the 400-meter dash.

Come November, We'll Add Paul Ryan to One of These Quizzes

Jason English

Now that Mitt Romney has named his running mate, it's only a matter of time before we add Paul Ryan's name to one of these VP quizzes: Remind me in

The "City of London" Lives Inside a Larger City Named London

Chris Higgins

As an American, my knowledge of London is pretty limited -- you know, big city, Big Ben, big Olympics, yeah, I get it.

Weekend Links: A Vacuum Made By Nintendo

Allison Keene

From Cindy, a really cool interactive picture maybe best described as an illustrated Wikipedia. It's incredibly detailed, and definitely a time waster.

10 Scandalous VP Stories Worth a Warm Bucket of Spit

Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

This morning Mitt Romney tapped Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate.

Olympic Cyclists and Their Giant Thighs

Lauren Hansen

Sure, Olympians are crazy fit, but there's something about those indoor track cyclists that makes your jaw plummet to the floor. What is it? Oh, yes, their massive thighs.

The Late Movies: You Bet Your Life Outtakes

Miss Cellania

You Bet Your Life was a radio game show at first, then moved to TV. Groucho Marx wasn't the first host, but he was the most successful.

19 Presidential Jokes for Presidential Joke Day

Julia Davis

We often think of American presidents as butts of jokes, the muses for mockery, and the subjects of satire.

The Missing Links: The Stuffed Animals Always Attack From Above

Colin Patrick

Attack of the Parachuting Activist Teddy Bears The situation in Belarus just got real.

5 Fictional Countries Where the U.S. Army is Trained to Fight

David W Brown

During World War II, the Allies famously tricked Hitler into believing that the First United States Army Group would invade France at Pas-de-Calais.

What Movie Sequel Would You Un-Make?

Jason English

On Fridays, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else's reply, whatever you want.

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

Inmates Attempt Escape Disguised as Garbage Sidney da Cruz and Carlos Pereira, two detainees at the Delegacia de Furtos jail in Curitiba, Brazil, had a great idea.