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The Late Movies: Daniel Johnston, Covered

Chris Higgins

I wrote about Daniel Johnston in a Late Movies post two weeks ago, pointing to some of my favorite performances by him.

Are You a Literature Abuser?

Miss Kathleen

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

Golden Girls Bloopers

Chris Higgins

On September 14, 1985, The Golden Girls premiered on NBC. Twenty-six years later, we have lost all of the show's stars except America's sweetheart, Betty White.

Abraham Lincoln: Amazing Wrestler

Matt Soniak

This week we're running a series of posts by Matt Soniak about Abraham Lincoln's foray into forensic meteorology.

Did Dr. Watson Really Write Sherlock Holmes?

Jason Plautz

A few years ago, a poll found that 58 percent of British teenagers thought Sherlock Holmes was a real person (meanwhile, 47 percent thought that Richard the Lionheart was not).

mental_floss Gets Curbed

David K. Israel

If you're a fan of Curb Your Enthusiasm and you watched the season finale this past sunday night, you might have noticed a mental_floss cameo appearance.

8 American Snacks & Their Foreign Flavors

Jill Harness

It doesn’t matter what country you live in, you’ve undoubtedly encountered your share of American junk foods.

A Video Game Made of Cardboard

Chris Higgins

Here's a video game (a sort of ultra-simplified Super Mario Bros) made using paper, some motorized rollers, a speaker, a knob, a cardboard box, and an intriguing little circuit board thingy calle

Miranda Piker and the Chocolate Factory

Dan Lewis

Dan Lewis runs the popular daily newsletter Now I Know (“Learn Something New Every Day, By Email”).

Brain Game: First Five

Good luck with today's Wednesday Wordplay challenge at the mentalfloss.com Brain Game: The blanks in each of the following words can be filled with some combination of the letters A, B, C, D,

Morning Cup of Links: Shopping Duck

Miss Cellania

Vladimir Putin, Action Man.

I Wish I Were an Oscar Mayer Wiener(mobile Driver)

Stacy Conradt

I was driving to work the other day when I spotted the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile parked across the street. I actually turned the car around to get a picture of it.

The Late Movies: Songs About Guys Named Johnny—Readers Choice

Erica Palan

Last week, I rounded up some songs about guys named Johnny. And then, the awesome members of the Mental Floss community did what they do best: suggested tons more!

The Centaur that Killed the Common Cold

Brett Savage

A promising series of tests of a new antiviral drug has researchers so jazzed up about its potential success that they're throwing around wild mythology-inspired comparisons to herald its ingenio

Puzzle-Master Will Shortz on Table Tennis

Chris Higgins

I've been hearing Will Shortz on NPR for years, doing the Sunday puzzle.

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