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Are Mermaids Real? 11 Myths the U.S. Government Has Addressed

Jason Plautz

Usually the government sticks to reality, but there are a number of times where agencies have investigated or weighed in on more mythical ideas.

11 Popular Songs That Reference Shakespeare

Bill DeMain

1. "Romeo and Juliet" – Dire Straits Dolly Parton, Steve Forbert, Elvis Costello, Michael Penn... These are just a few of many artists who've referenced the name Romeo in their songs.


Jason English

11 image via Shutterstock It's time to light the lights!

Brain Game: Ptomaine

We hope the new word ladder puzzle for today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Wednesday Wordplay challenge won't upset your stomach: By changing one letter in each step to form English words,

11 Memories of Not-So-Modern Medicine

Kara Kovalchik

Medicines and medical practices have come a long way in a relatively short time. Here are some items that have vanished from medicine cabinets in the last few decades.1.

11 Eye-Opening NASA Wakeup Calls

Chris Higgins

NASA has been waking up astronauts using music since the Apollo Program. Sometimes those wakeup calls get pretty weird. 1.

Morning Cup of Links: 11 Links

Miss Cellania

Model and photographer Indrani Pal-Chaudhuri leads a charmed life of luxury, fame, and jet-setting.

5 Questions: Got "Spirit"?

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11 Wonderful Libraries in Africa

Jill Harness

We’ve brought you beautiful European, South American, North American and Asian libraries, so now it’s time for some of the most amazing libraries in Africa. 1. Library of

World War I Centennial: Imagining the Demise of France

Erik Sass

Installment #26: One of the big questions facing historians of the First World War is the role played by popular nationalism in the outbreak of hostilities.

5 Disorders Caused by the Internet, TV, Magazines and Movies

Adrienne Crezo

Blame the media!

The Late Movies: Shows Within Shows

Erica Palan

Last week, I shared six fictional bands—and many loyal commenters reminded me of awesomely overlooked fake band Spinal Tap. This week, I've been thinking about fake TV shows.

The Missing Links: Pee-wee Herman Has A Tron Light Cycle*

Colin Patrick

Golf Detroit. Not On A Detroit Golf Course. Just Detroit Itself. Charlie Leduff attempts to better understand the Motor City by grabbing his golf clubs and hitting a ball across the entire city.

AC/DC: The Tesla–Edison Feud

Maggie Ryan Sandford

You’ve probably heard about the famous rivalry between Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison—both giants of electrical engineering whose innovations changed history.

Dance Move or Colorful Term for the Runs?

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Have you ever seen a dance move and thought, "They just look like they have to poop"? Or have you seen someone run to the bathroom and thought, "Look at that dance"? Well, when the time comes, could you tell the difference between the two? Do you know your diarrhea nicknames from your dance crazes?