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Billy Beer: The Reason Billy Carter Quit Drinking

Ethan Trex

When the national press descended on Plains, GA, during the 1976 presidential campaign, the journalists were looking for some insight into Democratic challenger Jimmy Carter’s character.

The Late Movies: TubaChristmas

Erica Palan

For the last 36 years, tuba (and euphonium) players all over the world have gathered to celebrate the holiday season by playing traditional Christmas tunes together.

Exclusive Jane Fonda Interview

David K. Israel

A colleague of mine, the YouTube sensation Lisa Nova, scored a rare, personal interview with Jane Fonda last week after the two connected via Twitter.

18 Facts About Your Favorite Christmas TV Specials

Kara Kovalchik

Here are some behind-the-scenes tidbits about a handful of holiday small-screen favorites.

NYC QR Code Hunt Winners!

David K. Israel

Meet your winners! This _flossy pair did the entire QR code hunt in a staggering 30 minutes!

These Aren't Your Grandparents' Bananas

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 month.

It's Official: Talking Pictures Will Be A Book!

Ransom Riggs

Some of you might be wondering why it's been a few weeks since there's been an installment of Talking Pictures.

QR Code Hunt Starting Locations!

David K. Israel

As promised, here are your four starting locations, brought to you by the good folks at our favorite NYC pizza chain, Two Boots! Two Boots 74 Bleecker Street New York, NY 10012 Two Boo

Awesomely Geeky Christmas Decor

Jill Harness

I love the holidays, especially all the traditional preparation involved: baking cookies, decorating the house, trimming the tree, buying Christmas presents and all the rest of the rituals.

Wearing Light

Miss Cellania

Last night, talk show host Conan O'Brien revealed his holiday decorations (which includes Godzilla, King Kong, and the Christmas UFO) while wearing a Santa Claus beard composed of tree lights.

8 Decidedly Unromantic Facts About Mistletoe

Alisson Clark

1. Mistletoe, not unlike some you may have smooched beneath it, is a parasite. The plant sucks water and minerals through a sinister-sounding bump called a haustorium that forms on the host tree.

Carl Sagan's "Pale Blue Dot" Lives On

Chris Higgins

"We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it's forever." -Carl Sagan So ends this inspiring video in which Sagan reads from his classic Pale Blue Dot, while we see famou

Brain Game: Hoof on Roof

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

Morning Cup of Links: Double Dreamhands!

Miss Cellania

The Most Heroic Animals of 2010. Read stories of dogs, cats, horses, dolphins, rabbits, and a cow that might leave you a little verklempt.

In the Market for Monster Supplies?

Jill Harness

If you've ever been to 826 Valencia (aka The Pirate Store) in San Francisco or The Brooklyn Superhero Supply Store, then you're already familiar with the concept behind the Hoxton Street Mon

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