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Morning Cup of Links: Blood and Dystopia

Miss Cellania

The Senator, the Dog, and the Trial. A court case from 1869 established the concept of "A Man's Best Friend is his Dog".

Sit Right Back: Tales of Gilligan's Island

Kara Kovalchik

Just sit right back and you'll read the tale, the tale of a TV series (and some of its cast members) whose creator was greeted with "Who the (expletive) is going to tune in week after week t

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: Movie Bands We Wish Were Real

Allison Keene

I've been watching the "Pillars of the Earth" miniseries and marveling at the beauty of the stone cathedrals. Never let it be said monks don't know how to live well!

Weekend Links: Childhood Frights

Allison Keene

From the Department of Awww: Humboldt penguins lay chase to a butterfly at the Philadelphia Zoo.

Over the Rainbow: The Technicolor Life of the Man Who Created Oz

the mag

By Kelly K. Ferguson Once upon a time, fairy tales were dark fables designed to scare children into good behavior. This is the story of one American author who thought kids deserved

Lunchtime Quiz Leftovers

Jason English

The Late Movies: Retro Star Wars

Miss Cellania

Star Wars holds up pretty well no matter what era you put it in. Oh yeah, I know "A long time ago..." but that's just the story.

Armor for Cats

Jill Harness

Is your cat ever really safe enough?

The Axolotl - A Regenerating Salamander

Chris Higgins

The axolotl is a Mexican salamander with remarkable regenerative properties.

Follow @mental_floss on Twitter: Amazing Facts, 140 Characters at a Time

Jason English

Looking for a good time on Twitter? Follow

Secret Scandinavian Singers: Exposed!

Ransom Riggs

They are among us, sneaking undetected among singers who sound as American as can be: Scandinavians!

Science: Explained

Colin Patrick

Science is hard to understand. Thankfully, the Fake Science blog provides a series of easy to understand illustrated diagrams which break down all manner of scientific concept.

The Number of the Day: 8

Jason English

Earlier this month, Alan Francis won his 8th consecutive world horseshoes championship at the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association world tournament in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Names You Almost Gave Your Pets

Jason English

Every Friday, 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.

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