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How Aunt Jemima Changed U.S. Trademark Law

Matt Soniak

In the late 19th century, R.T. Davis purchased a struggling milling company that put out a ready-made pancake mix branded with an older, matronly black woman in an apron and kerchief.

In 1921, Babe Ruth Received a French Poodle From a Wounded Veteran

Jason English

Every so often, we find an awesome or bizarre historical stock image and present it here without comment. This is one of those

9 Historic Moments Captured in Cake

Jill Harness

1. Eruption of Mt.

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

Drunk Party Steals Airplane A Soviet-era Antonov-2 plane is missing from the Serov aerodrome near Yekaterinburg, Russia.

Meet the Parents: 11 Dads of Famous Juniors

Ethan Trex

Let's get ready for Father's Day by taking a look at some dads who gave famous people a giant gift: their names. Here are the seniors behind a slew of well-known Juniors. 1.

Brain Game: What a Difference!

Here's a new mentalfloss.com Brain Game Free-for-all Friday challenge.

Morning Cup of Links: Dashcam Disasters

Miss Cellania

As Fathers Day approaches, a man writes a letter to his future child.

The Late Movies: Guess The Theme 58

Mark Arminio

It's Thursday, it's late, it's time once again for the game that's sweeping the mental_floss nation: GUESS THE THEME. All the clips below have something in common.

The 5 Worst Fathers In the Animal Kingdom

Jill Harness

These dads won't be getting any Father's Day cards this Sunday. 1.

The Missing Links: Why You Shouldn't Rob a Bank

Colin Patrick

Morganna’s Topheavy Legal Defense People of a certain age may recall the exploits of Morganna the Kissing Bandit, the buxom blond who became famous in the 1980s for rushing the field at Major League

At the Libraries: What's a Librarian Worth?

Miss Kathleen

Each week Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books.

14 Classic Distractions for the Internet Newcomer

Miss Cellania

Every once in a while, I run across an old article, video, or link of some kind and think, "Oh yeah, that was awesome!

Why Are Traffic Lights Red and Green?

Matt Soniak

Red and green images via ShutterstockThe very first traffic light, installed outside the Houses of Parliament in London in December 1868, had red and green gas lamps for nighttime use.

Four Years Before Women Had the Right to Vote, Jeannette Rankin Was Elected to Congress

Matt Soniak

In 1916, four years before the Constitution recognized her right to vote, Jeannette Rankin was elected to Congress. While women had not achieved suffrage across the U.S.

Your Partner for Mushroom Processing on an Industrial Scale

Chris Higgins

Havatec makes, among other things, massive industrial machinery for processing mushrooms.