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The Quick 10: People With Fake Middle Initials

Stacy Conradt

Maybe fake isn't exactly correct - some of the people on this list really have initials for middle names, they just don't mean anything. But others have made them up entirely.

Recreating van Gogh

Colin Patrick

Who says that a Vincent van Gogh painting is hard to recreate? Because James Birkbeck has managed to do it by combining two different medias: paint and, ummm, himself.

Watch What You Tweet: 4 Twitter Lawsuits

Rob Lammle

With over 95 million messages sent via Twitter every day, you might be asking yourself, “Is anybody out there?” Say the wrong thing, though, and you might find out exactly who's listening – when

Humpty Dumpty in the Style of Edgar Allan Poe

Chris Higgins

So I missed Poe's birthday by one day, but this is worth it: a version of "Humpty Dumpty" written by Dylan Curry in the style of Edgar Allan Poe.

A Brief History of Nerf (or Nothin')

Ethan Trex

The Nerf brand has been bringing kids foamy fun for over four decades now, but the company’s history might not be as familiar to you as the perfect technique for a crushing Nerfoop dunk.

The Emily Dickinson of Photography

Ransom Riggs

Vivian Maier was one of the best street photographers of her time -- and completely unknown.

Our Readers’ Favorite Bookstore Cats (Volume Two)

Miss Cellania

It doesn't take of lot of hard work for a cat to become famous: 1. get a job at a place where people gather, 2. have someone upload your photo to the internet, and 3.

Photos of Fascinating Fungi

Jill Harness

When you're used to seeing only buttons and portabella mushrooms, the fungi family may start to seem rather boring—though still delicious.

Brain Game: Five-by-Five Puzzle #11

It's Think Thursday here at the mental_floss Brain Game.

Morning Cup of Links: Opium and Ginger

Miss Cellania

The Incredible True Story of the Collar Bomb Heist. The complicated plot was doomed from the start, as was the man wearing the collar.

The Late Movies: Amy Sedaris's Crafts for Poor People

Chris Higgins

Amy Sedaris, star of Strangers With Candy and surprisingly successful craft maven, has her own YouTube channel!

The Quick 10: The Insurance Policies on 10 Famous Body Parts

Stacy Conradt

While most of us insure rather mundane things – lives, houses, cars – there’s a certain populace who make livings based on very specific body parts and need financial protection in case the ability to

James Ellroy's LA: City of Demons

Chris Higgins

James Ellroy, author of L.A. Confidential and The Black Dahlia has a new show premiering tonight (Wednesday, January 19) at 10pm Eastern on Investigation Discovery.

Recent Visitors to the mental_floss Store

Jason English

The front part of our Ohio office serves as our retail store, and people travel great distances to cross "visit the mental_floss retail store" off their bucket lists.

At the Libraries: Bestsellers From the Day You Were Born

Miss Kathleen

Every week, Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books. If there's something fun going on in your local library, leave us a

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