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Discovering Forgotten Artifacts Worth Millions

Jill Harness

About a month ago, I shared the story of a family discovering what is likely a lost Michelangelo painting that could be worth up to $300 million.

Today & Tomorrow: Digital Subscriptions for $12.97

Mangesh & Jason

We offer digital subscriptions to mental_floss magazine through Zinio. Through Friday, they've lowered the price to a tempting $12.97!

The Taman Shud Mystery

Dan Lewis

On December 1, 1948, a man's body was found on a beach in Australia. Then things got weird.

The Late Movies: 10 Arcade Fire Videos

Chris Higgins

Arcade Fire may be the official favorite band of mental_floss bloggers, with Ransom and I continuing to blab about this one time we saw them in the desert, and how awesome it was.

So How Do You Spell It: Chanukah? Hanukkah? Hanuka?

Jason English

According to our friend David Holzel, "The short answer is yes." We’re dealing with a transliteration that – because English and Hebrew don’t share all of the same sounds and none of the

A Brief History of Advent Calendars

Scott Allen

You don't need an Advent calendar to know that Christmas is coming, but opening a little numbered door to reveal a prize is an idea that everyone – religious or not – can get behind.

A Short History of Long-Haired Music: Amadeus, Part 2

David K. Israel

If you missed our previous installments, check out A Short History of Long-Haired Music archives By the time he reached puberty, Mozart already had three oratorios, nine masses, twenty-three sonatas,

Weird Website of the Week: Kim Jong Il Looking at Things

Ransom Riggs

It's crucial that the autocratic leader of an on-the-verge-of-starving population look like he knows what he's doing, lest the people turn against him.

Charlie Chaplin Goes TRON

Chris Higgins

Last month, Ain't It Cool News announced a contest to "TRON-itize" vintage films. The idea is to take an old film and add CGI TRON-style graphics.

Elephants Can't Stand Ants

Jill Harness

For years, African farmers have been fighting off what just might be the world's largest pests -- elephants.

Dietribes: Brownies

Allison Keene

• By the beginning of the 20th century, chocolate (and tasty treats) were no longer just for the rich.

Brain Game: Like a Checkerboard

Happy December, everyone, and thanks for playing the Wednesday Brain Game. What's the next number in the following sequence (and why)? 1, 13, 41, 85, 145, ? Here is the SOLUTION. SOL

Morning Cup of Links: Glinda the Greedy

Miss Cellania

A woman in Spain claims ownership of the sun, apparently because no one else has.

Why Do They Use Sterile Needles for Lethal Injections?

Matt Soniak

“Lethal injection” isn’t a marketing term or a cute nickname. The intent of the injection is to execute someone. So why bother with the alcohol swab and sterile needle?

The Late Movies: Banana Peels

Gabrielle Linnell

Peel banana. Place peel on ground. Insert comic moment. Banana peel slips remain a source of human fascination and schadenfreude.

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