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Brain Game: Three States

Only three U.S. states - all of which happen to be in the same general area of the country - have five-syllable names.

Morning Cup of Links: Turtle Altruism

Miss Cellania

Mike Rowe wrote a letter to an Eagle Scout -or all Eagle Scouts, with some advice about life. Then he followed up a complaint from an offended Scout.

5 Questions: Pray Tell

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The Late Movies: Premakes

Ransom Riggs

What would Star Wars look like if it had been made in 1950? Or Ghostbusters just a few years later?

Minority Report Computing is Real

Chris Higgins

Remember the computer in Minority Report, the one which Tom Cruise manipulated by tossing objects around on a virtual screen? Well, apparently that computer is real.

Your Cause in Lights: The Empire State Building's Tribute Policy

Sydney Beveridge

One of the most recognizable buildings in the world, loved by tourists, locals and giant gorillas alike, the Empire State Building decorates the New York City skyline with regular displays of colored

The Kindness of Strangers

Ransom Riggs

I was out of town at a wedding last weekend, and when I got back, I found a strange thing on my doorstep -- a bag with a bottle of wine in it, on which was

Facebook Group or Afterschool Special?

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From 1972 through 1997, American teenagers learned all the important life lessons through ABC Afterschool Specials. Nowadays, kids just spill their guts online. Can you tell which of these titles is the name of an Afterschool Special and which is a Facebook Group?

Flex Appeal: The Father of Modern Bodybuilding

the mag

by Tim Farrell The ancient Greeks were obsessed with sculpting the perfect male form. But when their civilization died out, bodybuilding died with it.

Puzzle in Honor of Flag Day

David K. Israel

In honor of Flag Day (and the World Cup!), here's a really fun flag-themed puzzle from a recent How Did You Know?

Brain Game: Math Square #29

The nine white squares inside the main red grid should be filled with the digits 1 through 9. Each digit should appear only once in this main grid. Two of these numbers are already provided for you.

Underwater Grave Sites

Jill Harness

Most scuba divers like to enjoy the beauty and majesty of the world under the waves, but some people like to explore areas that are a little more morbid.

Why Are Flags Flown at Half-Staff?

Jason English

Happy Flag Day, everybody! Have you ever wondered why flags are flown at half-staff in times of mourning? What length of time is appropriate? How'd the tradition get started?

Find the Perfect Gift for Dad and Get 15% Off!

Jason English

Get Dad something fun for Father's Day. Head over to the mental_floss store, fill up your cart, and enter the code "fathersday" before checkout to get 15% off.

Morning Cup of Links: Gobar Gas

Miss Cellania

Gobar gas, a byproduct of the decomposition of cow dung, other waste, and any biomass, fuels villages in Nepal and many parts of Asia. The benefits go way beyond saving money and the environment.