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The First Episode of The Simpsons Aired 22 Years Ago Today

Jason English

"Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" originally aired on December 17, 1989. Not long after, you couldn't go anywhere without seeing a Bart Simpson t-shirt.

If You Happen to Be Shopping Today Near Chesterland, Ohio (Before 3)...

Jason English

Just a reminder: there is a mental_floss retail store! It's in Chesterland, Ohio.

Weekend Links: Fear The Rooster

Allison Keene

From James, a fascinating look at the most remote people on Earth (also check out this nice companion article from How Stuff Works). * What's it like to be jolly for a living?

The Wonderful Story of Louis Armstrong's First Christmas Tree

Mangesh Hattikudur

You may have heard before that Louis Armstrong got his first Christmas tree at age 40, and he loved it so much that he took it on tour with him for a month.

10 Creepy Santas Whose Laps We Want Nothing To Do With

Ransom Riggs

Legions of Santas are currently perched in malls all over the country, waiting for your children to climb atop their laps and whisper to them their most secret desires.

Remembering Christopher Hitchens

Matthew Hickman

by Matthew Hickman and Andrew

What's a BRAT diet?

David K. Israel

If you answered: The food Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, and Ally Sheedy eat, you are sorely mistaken.

The Silly Things That Terrify You

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.

50 Amazing Pieces of Louis C.K. Fan Art

Hillary Buckholtz

Louis C.K. is one of the Internet's (and maybe America's) most loved comedians.

Happy 20th Birthday, Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan!

Haley Sweetland Edwards

Kristina Postnikova / Shutterstock.com The largest country in Central Asia—it’s as big as all of Western Europe combined—turns 20 years old today, and to celebrate, here’s a list of ten random fact

Brain Game: The Three R's

Here's a new Free-for-all Friday challenge for the mentalfloss.com Brain Game. Good luck! Only THREE world nations have short-form English names that begin with the letter R.

Morning Cup of Links: Taxidermic Squirrels

Brian Abrams

Researchers at the Technical University of Munich have developed kitchen robots that prepare sandwiches. * For $165,000 a month, you can live in the most expensive rental in New York City.

Help a Local Business by Organizing a Cash Mob

Jill Harness

We've all heard of flash mobs, but what on earth is a cash mob?

10 Not-So-Famous People We Lost in 2011

Mark Juddery

sarah2 / Shutterstock.com It has been a solemn year for famous deaths, with tributes to those who achieved several decades of greatness (Dame Elizabeth Taylor), those who died before their time (Am

The Late Movies: Guess The Theme 33

Mark Arminio

It's Thursday, it's late and it's movie time! As always, your Thursday late movies are a series of clips with something in common. Can you figure out the theme?

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