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Today is National Hugging Day

Jason English

Happy National Hugging Day! From the holiday’s website: “While some encourage hugging everyone, National Hugging Day always suggests at least asking first." Celebrate responsibly.

The Late Movies: Beaker

Miss Cellania

Who is your favorite Muppet? I am partial to Dr. Bunsen Honeydew's long-suffering assistant, Beaker. Here are some of his finer moments. Ode to Joy Ten-part, or whatever harmony!

9 Comedians Who Ran for Office (Including Some Who Won)

Laura Turner Garrison

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Oh, Fisher Price... How We Loved You

David K. Israel

I saw the above photo posted on reddit today and was suddenly filled with raging, uncontrollable nostalgia.

The History of 5 Deadly Circus Stunts

Rob Lammle

The circus has always been about performers reaching the pinnacle of courage, strength, and skill, all for the intangible payback of the roar of the crowd.

Have You Ever Demanded a Refund at the Movies?

Jason English

On Fridays, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else's reply, whatever you want.

Lectures for a New Year: Malcolm Gladwell on Spaghetti Sauce

Chris Higgins

Malcolm Gladwell is the author of iconic books including Blink and The Tipping Point.

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

New Species is Really Faux Hawk A farmer in New Zealand is in trouble for painting hawks.

10 Other People Ronald Reagan's Diary Only Mentions Once

Jason English

During last night's GOP debate, Mitt Romney attempted to minimize Newt Gingrich's connection to President

Brain Game: Flowing Like a River

First things first: Congratulations to Maria, who won our "Extremely Short Story" challenge in last Friday's mentalfloss.com Brain Game.

Morning Cup of Links: ISS Horror Film

Miss Cellania

After the blackouts: What's next for SOPA?

6 Towns That Claim Paul Bunyan as Their Own (and What They Should Be Bragging About Instead)

Benjamin Smith

Everyone knows Paul Bunyan: a man of extraordinary stature who traveled the country with an ox of extraordinary color. Everyone also knows that this folkloric hero is blatantly imaginary.

The Late Movies: Guess The Theme 38

Mark Arminio

Attention _flossers! It's time once again for everyone's favorite Thursday night game — GUESS THE THEME. All the clips below have something in common.

Once Upon a Midnight Dreary, the Poe Toaster Failed to Show

Stacy Conradt

© Lee Snider/Photo Images/Corbis For more than sixty years, a character right out of one of Edgar Allan Poe’s gothic tales left gifts at the author’s gravestone to honor his birthday on January 19.

37 Vintage Travel Posters From the Library of Congress

Jill Harness

While old travel posters still remind us why specific locations would make excellent vacation destinations, they also capture the popular artwork styles and values of the period in which they were mad

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