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The Number of the Day: 2½ Tons

Jason English

In the 1930s, Admiral Byrd brought 2½ tons of NECCO Wafers to the South Pole for his men during their two-year stay. Related Fact: Necco Wafers originally came in eight flavors: orange, lemon, lim

The Late Movies: Theme Songs Played on Tubas

Erica Palan

Nostalgia is one of the best parts of the Internet — especially when it means having easy access to your favorite theme songs.

15% Off Your Back-to-School Shopping

Mangesh & Jason

You can get 15% off the great stuff in the mental_floss store this week! Just enter the coupon code SCHOOLDAYS before checkout. Stock up for fall! Just like summer, this offer ends soon.

What Was the First Video Uploaded to YouTube?

Jason English

In case it comes up, the first video uploaded to YouTube featured co-founder Jawed Karim discussing elephants at the San Diego Zoo.

Book Giveaway Winners

Mangesh & Jason

We owe some people some books! Our jury has reached verdicts in last week's giveaways.

Grinding Out A Living

Colin Patrick

I know from experience that a minimum wage job can feel like a real grind.

The Ladies Love Red

Meghan Holohan

It might seem like flowers, candlelight dinners, and romantic getaways are the best ways to land a lady, but it's much easier than that. Just consider wearing a red t-shirt or tie.

Most Amazing Wikipedia Entry Ever: "Baby Got Back"

Chris Higgins

Now, I like big butts as much as the next guy.

Brain Game: Big Bands

Apologies that it's been so long since we've offered a logic puzzle; creating one can be a lengthy process.

Morning Cup of Links: The Periodic Table of Rockin'

Colin Patrick

It's like a bad sitcom premise: A man swindles investors, doesn't have the money to pay them back, so the judge sentences him to play poker and use his winnings to repay them. * This delig

The Number of the Day: $38,796,307

Colin Patrick

According to the 2010 Report to Congress on White House Staff, the combined salaries of White House employees is $38,796,307. Related Fact: The lowest-paid full-time employees earn $37,826.

The Late Movies: Fake Educational Films

Ransom Riggs

Educational films are easy to make fun of, and easy to parody -- but not easy to parody well.

3 Things You Might Not Know About Smokey Bear

Jason English

1. Smokey Bear's original name was Hot Foot Teddy. * 2. He has his own ZIP code (20252). * 3.

The Quick 10: 10 Interesting Cupcake Flavors

Stacy Conradt

I have the honor of making cupcakes for a friend's upcoming wedding in two weeks, so I have been testing various flavors and frostings lately. It's a tough gig, I know.

We Can Be Happy Underground

Colin Patrick

USA Today, The Week, and Mediaite have all recently covered the resurgence of underground "doomsday" shelters "“ specifically highlighting a series of 20 membership-based subterranean

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