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The Late Movies: Guess the Theme XX

Mark Arminio

Thursday night _flossers attend!

How All 32 NFL Teams Got Their Names

Jason English

If you're reading this on your phone at an NFL season kickoff party and searching for conversation fodder, here are the stories behind every NFL team nickname (and what they were almost called).

The Construction of the Pentagon

Jason English

Photo: Myron Davis/TIME & LIFE Pictures The construction of the Pentagon began, eerily enough, on September 11, 1941.

How Military Operations Get Their Code Names

Matthew Hickman

© Hannibal Hanschke/dpa/Corbis Last month the world watched rebel forces pour into Tripoli under the banner of Operation Mermaid Dawn.

A 3D-Rendered Film from 1972

Chris Higgins

Ed Catmull (later a Pixar founder) and Fred Parke (later a professor) made a remarkable film in 1972.

How The Los Angeles Dodgers Helped to Snuff Out Communism

David K. Israel

2011 has been a difficult year for the Los Angeles Dodgers. With the owners going through a messy divorce (who gets the house?

Deep Fried on a Stick: Innovations in Fair Food

Miss Cellania

The competition in selling food at fairs and carnivals is tremendous. Vendors seek publicity for the newest and most outrageous recipes to draw crowds.

Brain Game: Tip Your Capital

It's Think Thursday here at the mentalfloss.com Brain Game.

Morning Cup of Links: Neverending Story

Miss Cellania

3,000 hours of television footage of the World Trade Center attack is available to watch online. Those too young to remember can watch the news coverage as we saw it on September 11, 2001.

Beyond Schweddy Balls: 10 Discontinued Ben & Jerry's Flavors

Stacy Conradt

Today Ben & Jerry's announced their newest flavor—the Saturday Night Live-inspired Schweddy Balls ("Vanilla Ice Cream with a Hint of Rum and Loaded with Fudge Covered Rum and Malt Balls&

The Late Movies: Star Trek Trailers

Chris Higgins

Let's have a little fun: let's see how the trailers for the Star Trek movies have changed over the years.

Where Are They Now? NFL Coaches Fired Last Year

Scott Allen

Eight NFL head coaches were fired by – or mutually agreed to part ways with – their employers last season. If you were wondering what they’re up to now, you don’t have to look

Dietribes: Magnificent Macarons

Allison Keene

• Let's hash this out right off the bat: how do you spell macaroon/macaron? To me the most definitive argument references Ladurée, the French house who first popularized these delectable treats.

From NASCAR Drivers to William Faulkner: A Brief History of Snubbing the President

Haley Sweetland Edwards

Four out of twelve NASCAR drivers who were invited to meet President Obama at the White House this evening have declined to attend, citing scheduling conflicts—and sparking a nationwide gossip-fest.

Shazam, Shlemiel, Shlimazel

David K. Israel

I've used Shazam on and off over the years to I.D. songs I either forgot the names of or just never knew.

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