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Happy Birthday, Jerry Spinelli!

Erica Palan

Beloved children’s author Jerry Spinelli turns 70 today. The man behind middle-school classics — including Maniac Magee — is beloved for his representations of young adult life.

Brain Game: The Missing Cyclops

Tuesday Test Time is here once again.

Morning Cup of Links: The Zombie Tabernacle Choir

Miss Cellania

The difference between the United Kingdom, Great Britain, and England, explained in a hurry.

The Late Movies: What the Heck's An Internet?

Ransom Riggs

It wasn't so many years ago, you'll remember, that the Internet was just a twinkle in Al Gore's eye.

The Quick 10: 10 Facts About Pittsburgh (or is it Pittsburg?)

Stacy Conradt

As I mentioned last week, the actual Super Bowl game isn't really my thing.

James Randi's Witty, Surprising TED Talk

Chris Higgins

"I have a very peculiar background, attitude, and approach to the real world, because I am a conjurer." So begins James Randi's 2007 TED Talk, a few minutes before he takes a lethal do

Betting an Original Renoir on the Super Bowl

Colin Patrick

Many of the estimated 110 million viewers of Sunday’s Super Bowl XLV are likely to have some sort of bet on the game.

What's a Backronym?

Ransom Riggs

It's like an acronym, except the words are chosen to fit the letters rather than the other way around.

The 411 on Rescue 911

Rob Lammle

“This program contains true stories of rescues. All of the 9-1-1 calls you will hear are real. Whenever possible, the actual people involved have helped us reconstruct the events as they happened.”

The World's Most Famous Rivers

Jill Harness

Between the Danube's role in establishing early Eastern European cities and the Ganges' role in shepherding the souls of the dead to paradise, rivers across the world have played a critical

Brain Game: Math Square #60

Welcome to the Monday Math Square, designed to get your noggin in gear to start the week. Enjoy! The nine white squares inside the main red grid should be filled with the digits 1 through 9.

Crazy Canstruction Creations

Jill Harness

Most people take shopping displays for granted, but the artists who compete at Canstruction competitions show just how awesome these stacks of groceries can be. If you're one of the naysayers

Morning Cup of Links: Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day

Miss Cellania

Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day is always the last Monday in January!

Last Week's Most Popular Stories

Jason English

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

Weekend Links: Measuring Weather in Terms of Shaq

Allison Keene

I've been doing a lot of traveling lately for work and the one thing we tend to not take any notice of in airports is, well, the thing that is ubiquitous: the carpet.

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