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More Not-So-Famous Christmas Firsts

Kara Kovalchik

We featured a few holiday firsts last year, and have since dug up a few more to further clutter your mind in between shopping trips. First Rockefeller Center

The Quick 10: Happy Birthday, Beethoven!

Stacy Conradt

Happy Birthday to Beethoven!

A New Ad That Gets Inside Your Head -- Literally

Ransom Riggs

Just when it seemed like advertisers had thought of everything, something new comes along.

7 Hollywood Ripoffs With Titles (and Posters, and Plots) You Won't Believe

Cole Gamble

The correct term is mockbuster (or knockbuster): a micro-budgeted, straight-to-DVD, B-movie that piggy-backs on the massive publicity of a phenomenally bigger movie.

Twitter's 2010 In Review

Chris Higgins

On the heels of Google's Zeitgeist 2010, Twitter has revealed its 2010 Year in Review. I'm curious: are they going to change this if something really big happens in the next two weeks?

Ten More Odd 2011 Calendars

Miss Cellania

Earlier this week we showed you Ten Odd and Awesome 2011 Calendars, but that wasn't enough. The variety of calendars available for 2011 is such that ten more are warranted. Happy shopping! 1.

QR Codes As Art

David K. Israel

In my previous posts on QR codes, all intended to help you gear up for our big QR Code Hunt in NYC next week, where you could win a brand new Ford Fiesta, I mentioned that they were invented by the Ja

Life Inside Hong Kong's Kowloon Walled City

Colin Patrick

After reading about Hong Kong’s Kowloon Walled City, I suddenly feel really guilty about all the times I’ve complained about my condo being too small.

Brain Game: G-54

By changing one letter at a time to form different English words, and leaving all other letters in their original positions, convert BINGO into DISCO in the fewest steps possible.

Morning Cup of Links: Dwarf Planets

Miss Cellania

Billions of dollars and a Hollywood biography doesn't hurt a bit.

At the Libraries: Overdue Books Land Woman in Jail

Miss Kathleen

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

The Late Movies: 11 Video Game Speedruns

Chris Higgins

A speedrun is the act of playing a video game (usually the entire thing from start to finish) as fast as possible.

How the Allies Used Germany's Serial Numbers Against Them

Dan Lewis

Dan Lewis runs the popular daily newsletter Now I Know ("Learn Something New Every Day, By Email"). We've invited him to share some of his stories on mental_floss this week.

The Quick 10: 10 Sequels to A Christmas Carol

Stacy Conradt

Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is one of the best-known Christmas tales in history.

Ben Franklin's 200+ Synonyms for "Drunk"

Jason English

Yesterday we ran a quiz titled "Monty Python Phrase or Ben Franklin Synonym for Drunk?" The quiz referred to Franklin's lengthy list of expressions meaning "inebriated" that h

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