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Weekend Links: The Problem With Being Michael Jordan

Allison Keene

Since last week marked the anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, the legendary ship has been mentioned almost everywhere. Then again, it never seems to fade far from memory.

What on Earth is Sun-Earth Day?

Maggie Ryan Sandford

Image Credit: Sylvie Beland/NASA Today is Earth Day, the internationally designated time to pay extra-special attention to human impact on Earth’s ecology.

Last Week's Most Popular Stories

Jason English

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

Name the Pitchers Who've Thrown a Perfect Game

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The first two perfect games were pitched just five days apart in 1880. We won't ask you to recall John Ward (Providence Grays) and Lee Richmond (Worcester Ruby Legs), but how many of the other 20 perfect game pitchers can you name in 5 minutes? Last names only will suffice. (Updated June 14, 2012.)

At the Libraries: Librarian Stereotypes

Miss Kathleen

Each week Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books.

Weekend Links: A Star Is Born ... 25,000 of Them!

Allison Keene

Yes, file this under "First World Problems," but I'm sure each of you has experienced at least one of these 21 Absolute Worst Things In The World and felt, for that moment, like it trul

23 Fun Facts About Things We Saw at the Grocery Store

Jason English

The other day we set up a mental_floss Instagram account, then went to the grocery store and took some pictures. (We also needed food.) Here are some fun facts about the products we

The Late Movies: 1972

Miss Cellania

When I posted some of my favorite songs from 1971 last year, y'all seemed to like them. How about another great year for music?

8 Celebrities Arrested for Obscenity (and What It Was They Said or Did)

Stacy Conradt

Freedom of speech? Not if it's deemed "obscene." These celebrities found that out the hard way.

17 Elaborately Staged Theme Park Ride Photos

Jill Harness

Back when amusement parks started using cameras to capture the facial expressions of their guests on their most wild rides, the companies thought it would just be a good way to make some extra money b

What's the Fastest You've Ever Finished a Book?

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 Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert Was 20 Years Ago Today

Kara Kovalchik

On April 20, 1992, a veritable “Who’s Who” (and, in a few cases, “Who’s That?”) played before 72,000 fans at London’s Wembley Stadium to celebrate the life of Freddie Mercury and to raise funds for Th

Largest Boulder Ever Transported in Modern Times Arrives in LA

David K. Israel

As previously reported on this blog, Los Angeles has recently entered the Guinness Book for largest boulder ever transported in modern times. A 340-ton, 21 1/2-foot-high granite boulder recently tr

The Gene That Makes You Smarter

Jessica Hullinger

Brain image via Shutterstock Scientists have long known that our genetic makeup influences our intelligence.

Inside the Eames House

Chris Higgins

Designers Charles and Ray Eames built a beautiful house in Los Angeles. They moved in on Christmas Eve 1949, and lived there for the rest of their lives. They called it Case Study House No.