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The Bass Man: A Tribute to Bob Babbitt

Bill DeMain

Think about "Tears of a Clown" by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles. Think about "Cool Jerk" by The Capitols. Or "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" by Stevie Wonder.

Is It Really Illegal to Remove Your Mattress Tag?

Matt Soniak

Spoiler Alert: It is not. But here's why that warning is on there in the first

Cashew Nuts Grow Out of Crazy Apples

Chris Higgins

File this under Seems Like a Hoax, But Isn't.

The Time Benjamin Franklin Tried (And Failed) to Electrocute a Turkey

Lucas Reilly

Image credit: Comstock Benjamin Franklin loved electricity. He also loved the turkey. One day, he put the two together. It all started as a party trick.

Brain Game: Oh, Mercy!

Good luck with today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Wednesday Wordplay challenge.

Morning Cup of Links: Lefty Woes

Miss Cellania

The Olympic Security Snafu. For $89 million, the security contractor has so few people in place that the British Army has been called up as reinforcements.

5 Questions: Summer Vacation Road Trip 3

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By the Numbers: How Americans Spend Their Money

Lucas Reilly

Last year, Americans spent $10.7 trillion shopping. With that much dough, you could buy over 2000 aircraft carriers, 300 private islands, and still have money left over for a latte.

The Late Movies: Songs About the Jersey Shore

Erica Palan

I've lived my whole life in Philadelphia, which means every summer, I start thinking about how much I want to go to Jersey.

The Missing Links: Death By Excitement

Colin Patrick

One Summer Film That’s Sure to Flop This compilation of insane belly flops will have your stomach hurting with laughter - and aching with empathy. * And One Summer Film That Definitely Won’t T

9 of the World's Most Ridiculously Secure Safes and Vaults

Lucas Reilly

1. Fort

10 Tooth-Cleaning Devices & Products of Yesteryear

Jon Seder

Here at mental_floss, as the name suggests, we take our dental hygiene seriously.

How to Make a Cube Using Magnets and a Plastic Bag

Chris Higgins

Today's math/science nerd party: George Hart demonstrates how a set of magnetized square shapes will self-organize into a cube, when placed inside a plastic bag and shaken.

10 Strange and Wonderful Boat Races

Miss Cellania

The races are strange, but the title refers to the boats. With a little ingenuity, you can build a boat, loosely defined as a "flotation device," out of anything! 1. Beer Can

Brain Game: Flyin' the Flag

Everyone should have at least a guess for today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Tuesday Test Time challenge.