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From North Korean Waitresses to American Bridesmaids: The Wide World of Compulsory Plastic Surgery

Haley Sweetland Edwards

Kim Jong-Il, the villainous dictator of North Korea, has reportedly decreed that all waitresses working at prestigious restaurants must undergo eyelid surgery to make them appear more “Western.” We’ve

Charting Super Powers From Awesome to Absurd

Colin Patrick

[Click to enlarge] I’m not the biggest superhero fan, but for some reason I am very engrossed by the incredibly detailed graphical breakdown known as The Illustrious Omnibus of Super Powers.

How the Statue of Liberty Got Here

Jason English

The National Parks Service announced that the Statue of Liberty will be closed for a year for renovations starting in late October.

In space, no one can hear you scream

David K. Israel

The title of my post today comes from the Alien movie poster—it's the film's tagline, if you recall.

8 Weird and Wonderful Local Festivals

Miss Cellania

Some years ago, I wrote about 8 Wacky Fall Festivals, which didn't even scratch the surface of the roster of odd municipal celebrations around the USA.

Brain Game: Drawing Near

It's time once again to Think Thursday at the mentalfloss.com Brain Game.

Morning Cup of Links: Highlining

Miss Cellania

Preserving human history in a National Park.

The Stories Behind 6 Famous Slogans

Stacy Conradt

Though some of the greatest advertising slogans in history seem relatively simple ("Just Do It" is only three words, after all), most of the time, they're anything but.

5 Famous Riots and the Art They Inspired

Haley Sweetland Edwards

With the chaos in the streets of London this week, we've been reading up on other riots in history.

The Late Movies: Muppets Singing Classic Songs

Chris Higgins

For your viewing pleasure, here are fourteen great Muppets performances -- some involving the original artists! Danny Boy The three least articulate Muppets share their brilliant, touching inter

6 Strange Cameras

David K. Israel

If there’s one thing I’ve learned over my years, it’s that people will try to put a camera in anything.

10 Town Names That Will Make You Hungry

Bill DeMain

Earlier this year, Ranker.com assembled a list of food-centric town names. It made us hungry. Here's how some of those places got those delicious monikers. 1. Hot Coffee,

Debt Free Zone: How Liechtenstein Manages to Live Within Its Means

Ethan Trex

As you may have heard, the United States’ gigantic national debt means we’re firmly in our creditors’ pockets. But what about countries on the opposite end of the spectrum?

Dietribes: Honey, I'm Home!

Allison Keene

• The color and flavor of honey differ depending on the bees’ nectar source (the blossoms).  In fact, there are more than 300 unique kinds of honey in the United States, originating from such diverse

Broetry: Poems for the Frat Boy in All of Us

Ransom Riggs

What? You don't have a frat boy in you? Well, you might get a kick out of Brian McGackin's (AKA the "Broet Laureate's") slender-but-fun volume of poems anyway.

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