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The World's Scariest Airports

Jill Harness

When taking off from the thin strip of runway, pilots must make a sharp turn as they go airborne in order to avoid striking into a massive mountain range located just past the asphalt.

Recluses: Private, Exploited, or Self-Destructive?

Miss Cellania

Sometimes very private people wish to withdraw from the world, and they have that right. Yet some cases may be more than just personal choice.

7 One-hit Wonders in Literature

David K. Israel

Big, successful, first-novels are usually followed by more. But here are 7 that, for one reason or other, qualify their authors for the One-Hit Wonder category: 1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper

The Majestic Plastic Bag

Ransom Riggs

This made the rounds a few weeks ago, but I think it's really funny and well-done -- and deeply, sadly true.

Brain Game: Math Square #40

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 (the red square). One number is provided for you.

Morning Cup of Links: Edison and Hollywood

Miss Cellania

The only ones: Escaping near death. Being a sole survivor means relief, gratitude, grief, guilt, and the burden of telling the story for everyone else. (via Metafilter) * The Clavin.

The Number of the Day: 38

Jason English

During the 38-week stretch from June 9, 1990, to March 1, 1991, either M.C.

8 Alternative Fantasy Leagues

Ethan Trex

In honor of tonight's mental_floss fantasy football league draft, here's a story on alternative fantasy leagues that first appeared last summer. Fantasy football drafts are firing up, and

6 Generals Who Switched Sides Hoping for Reward

Floss books

Military turncoats come in all shapes and sizes, motivated by all sorts of considerations: power, revenge, disillusionment, and, most often, the sound of a little extra coin.

Join Us This Weekend at the Taste of Hudson Festival

Jason English

If you're in the Cleveland area this weekend and looking for programming, the Ohio _flossers have a tent you could visit.

The Week's Most Popular Stories

Jason English

In case you weren't obsessively refreshing mentalfloss.com all week, here's what you

Weekend Links: Memory Tricks

Allison Keene

I love this link from Danielle, who brought to my attention the performance of Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" on the carillon on August 27th.

The Number of the Day: 950

Jason English

Cha Sa-soon, a 69-year-old woman who lives by herself in South Korea, obtained her driver's license last year—on the 950th try. Related Facts: She's become a national celebrity in South K

Lunchtime Quiz Leftovers

Jason English

Help Sean Kerr Beat Leukemia

Matt Soniak

Friends and Flossers, Sean Kerr is the four-year-old nephew of fellow mental_floss blogger Erica and myself. He was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia this past Valentine's Day.

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