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What's the Fastest You've Ever Finished a Book?

Jason English

On Fridays, 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.

The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert Was 20 Years Ago Today

Kara Kovalchik

On April 20, 1992, a veritable “Who’s Who” (and, in a few cases, “Who’s That?”) played before 72,000 fans at London’s Wembley Stadium to celebrate the life of Freddie Mercury and to raise funds for Th

Largest Boulder Ever Transported in Modern Times Arrives in LA

David K. Israel

As previously reported on this blog, Los Angeles has recently entered the Guinness Book for largest boulder ever transported in modern times. A 340-ton, 21 1/2-foot-high granite boulder recently tr

The Gene That Makes You Smarter

Jessica Hullinger

Brain image via Shutterstock Scientists have long known that our genetic makeup influences our intelligence.

Inside the Eames House

Chris Higgins

Designers Charles and Ray Eames built a beautiful house in Los Angeles. They moved in on Christmas Eve 1949, and lived there for the rest of their lives. They called it Case Study House No.

Remembering Levon Helm

Matt Soniak

Yesterday Levon Helm, the multi-instrumentalist best known as the singer and drummer for The Band, died after a long battle with throat cancer.

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

Facebook Photo Leads to Arrest Michael Baker of Jenkins, Kentucky, siphoned gas from a police cruiser. The evidence was a picture of Baker doing the deed, while giving a one-finger salute.

Brain Game: Ready to Rumble?

Good luck with today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Free-for-all Friday challenge: What is the only U.S.

Morning Cup of Links: Bubblegum Music

Miss Cellania

A gallery of celebrity prom pictures sounds like a chance to see stars in their high school awkwardness.

The Late Movies: Guess The Theme 50

Mark Arminio

It's Thursday, it's late and it's time for the 50th installment of the game that is sweeping the nation, GUESS THE THEME (insert raucous cheers and applause)!

12 Geeky Fire Hydrants

David K. Israel

You may recall my post last month about geeky trashcans where I talked about painting the local fire hydrant when I was a kid to look like Uncle Sam during the bicentennial.

Hey Internet, Whistle Along!

Chris Higgins

In this performance of "Tonight You Belong to Me," current Mental Floss cover model John Hodgman and feral mountain man rock star Jonathan Coulton deliver a sweet duet, at one point inviting

9 Ways Facebook Is Changing People's Lives

Kathy Benjamin

Pan Xunbin / Shutterstock Facebook has over 800 million users, and researchers and pollsters have been busy studying them.

10 Clever Dalek Mashups

Miss Cellania

The evil exterminating machines from the Doctor Who universe are extremely versatile. The simple yet very recognizable shape of a dalek lends itself to insertion into other, non-Doctor worlds.

The Time Dick Clark Explored His Dark Side

Bill DeMain

Image via The Video Beat Amidst all yesterday’s eulogies and well-deserved tributes for the great Dick Clark, I was surprised to learn that he did a little acting.

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