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December 4, 2007

Miss Cellania

Chimpanzees display better short-term memory than college students. It makes a great headline, but some scientists are already crying foul. How to track down anyone online.

The Dead Guy Interviews Strike Again

Mangesh Hattikudur

Somehow, reporter Michael Stusser wrangled an interview out of the notoriously press shy Genghis Khan. Take a look.

A little Monday press release fun


You know when you want to back up that urban legend with something official like a press release?

Phrase of the Day: Helicopter Parents

Jason English

We originally ran this story back in February. Today a talk-show producer in New York asked us for more stories of very involved "“ or over-permissive "“ parents.

Your Most Annoying Office Interruptions

Chris Higgins

For the past three weeks, my office has been shaken every ten seconds or so by a deep booming thud, causing my desk to bounce a little and everyone in the office to cringe.

Mystery men

Ransom Riggs

It's not every day that missing persons resurface with no idea what's happened to them, but it seems to happen often enough to at least be deemed noteworthy.

7 Stories You Haven't Heard About the Olympics

Mangesh & Jason

When it comes to the Olympics, our good friend Justin Feinstein is a wealth of information.

The First Time News Was Fit To Print, XIX: Our TV Episode

Jason English

Every Monday, mental_floss wanders into the archives of The New York Times "“ and wanders out with first mentions worth mentioning.

Weekend Genius Challenge #9 winner:

Kate jumped right on our latest Weekend Genius Challenge and won it with the first guess.

Office Rat-A-Tat: Office Attire

David K. Israel

One of the big differences I've found between working in an office in New York and L.A., is what people wear to work.

December 3, 2007

Miss Cellania

Optical Illusion: Pass the Lunch Box. Count how many times the lunch box is handed off. Yeah, I knew you weren't really paying attention. Ten Reasons to Marry a Robot.

Third Caption Contest Winner!

David K. Israel

The results have been tallied from our third caption contest and we have our winner! Thanks to all who entered and all our finalists (and to the multi-talented Robert Bonotto for the cartoon).

9 Excessive Weddings To Which We Weren't Invited

Floss books

There's lots to consider when planning a wedding: dresses, cakes, bands, halls...all of which can add up to a hefty bill for the parents of the bride (or, in some cultures, the groom).

Quiz Roundup

Jason English

Here are a few recent quizzes you may have missed. Click on each image to test

Weekend Genius Challenge #9: Short but Sweet

This Weekend Genius Challenge is short but sweet. We're looking for a specific answer to the question below.