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How 13 Dog Breeds Got Their Names

Ethan Trex

Every dog owner knows why they gave their dog its name, but how well do you know the story behind their breed names? Let's take a look at where a handful of common breeds found their monikers.

Tuesday Turnip

David K. Israel

In case you're not familiar with the Turnip, it's a whimsical Google search, wherein I type a random phrase and we see what kind of interesting pages "turn-up." As always with thi

Brain Game: To Melba

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

Blaming the Cat

Ransom Riggs

I have a cat. Last time I moved apartments, my then-landlord cited a "cat-pee smell" in one of the closets as an excuse to keep most of our deposit for cleaning fees.

Morning Cup of Links: Picture of a PhD

Miss Cellania

Washington, We Have a Problem. A day in the life of the US president makes you wonder why on earth anyone would want the job. (via Metafilter) * Song Lyrics As Google Maps Directions.

The Number of the Day: 13

Will Treece

Tokyo Tower is based on the Eiffel Tower, but the designers of the sequel decided to make it 13 meters taller than the original.

The Late Movies: Siskel and Ebert Review the Worst Movies Ever

Ransom Riggs

Roger Ebert has been getting a lot of attention recently for being a fascinating and prolific Twitterer, and for continuing to review lots of movies despite having lost the ability to speak.

Join mental_floss at the Idea Festival!

Mangesh & Jason

This fall, our co-founder Will Pearson will be representing mental_floss at the Idea Festival in Louisville, which runs from September 29th through October 2nd.

The Quick 10: 10 U.S. Coins You Won't Find in Your Pockets

Stacy Conradt

The change pocket of my billfold is full of pennies. Just pennies. I pilfer dimes, quarters and nickels for the vending machines at work, or sometimes parking meters. But pennies? I never use them.

Party Like It's 1876! 12 Items From the Centennial Exposition

Scott Allen

The 1876 International Exhibition of Arts, Manufactures, and Products of the Soil and Mine, which was more commonly known as the Centennial Exposition, was held in Philadelphia in honor of the 100th a

Return of the Jedi - New Deleted Scene Released

Chris Higgins

Update: it appears that all YouTube versions of the clip have been removed, though there is a version available here.

5 Things I Learned on my Summer Vacation

David K. Israel

There's nothing like spending two weeks back east in the middle of a nasty heat wave to make you appreciate the remarkably balanced, dry weather we've had in Los Angeles all summer.

What Does Adrenaline Do?

Matt Soniak

Reader Noah wrote in with a question—"Why does the human body need

Brain Game: Math Square #37

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).

Something New to Worry About: Vampire Bats

Ransom Riggs

Well, if you live in the Amazonian regions of Peru, it's something to worry about.

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