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A Short History of a Short Tone: The Dial Tone

David K. Israel

Did you ever pick up the phone in another country and miss our North American dial tone?

Ze Frank's Greatest Hits

Chris Higgins

In July 2010, Ze Frank presented this brilliantly goofy TED Talk, explaining various web projects he's taken on, including the infamous Earth Sandwich (in which people on opposite ends of the glo

The Most Boring Day in Recent History

Ransom Riggs

According to a computer at Cambridge University, April 11, 1954 was the most boring day since 1900.

So, What Can You Tell Us About Qatar?

Jason English

Looks like the United States won't be hosting the World Cup in 2022 after all. Congratulations to soccer fans in Russia (host of the 2018 World Cup) and Qatar (2022).

11 Clever and Creative Gingerbread Structures

Miss Cellania

A gingerbread house is a delightful combination of food and art.

The Truth Behind Real Life Unicorns

Jill Harness

A unicorn doesn't have to be a horse.

Superman vs. Muhammad Ali: Who Ya Got?

Colin Patrick

DC Comics has decided to reissue what must be one of the strangest comic book events of all time – an issue centered on a boxing match pitting the man who floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee

Brain Game: Cinema 1999

The following five entries are anagrams of the titles of some of the biggest box-office films of 1999. Unscramble the letters of each one to find the title it represents.

Morning Cup of Links: Partying with Celebrities

Miss Cellania

Happy Hanukkah! The Maccabeats explain the holiday in the song "I Flip My Latkes In The Air Sometimes". * Original transcripts from NASA missions are online at Spacelog.

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.

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