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X-Rays Help Find Two Van Gogh Paintings

Jill Harness

For years, art historians debated on whether or not the painting above, entitled Still Life with Meadow Flowers and Roses, was the work of famed impressionist Van Gogh.

11 Product Names That Mean Unfortunate Things in Other Languages

Haley Sweetland Edwards

Here are some tragic, hilarious, and off-color examples of products that really exist—and don’t always mean what their manufacturers think.

World War I Centennial: The Titanic and an Ambivalent Alliance

Erik Sass

Installment #12: On April 14, 1912, at 11:40 p.m., the ocean liner RMS Titanic, en route from Queenstown, Ireland, to New York City, accidentally rammed an iceberg, tearing a series of holes in the si

Weekend Links: The Power of Music

Allison Keene

Definitely my favorite link this week: an ?elderly man in a nursing home reacts to hearing music from his era?.

Last Week's Most Popular Stories

Jason English

In case you weren't obsessively refreshing mentalfloss.com all week, here's what you

Weekend Links: Who Said It, James Joyce or Kool Keith?

Allison Keene

From my friend Marcela, 12 things you probably didn't know about Home Alone.

That Time They Found Those Bodies in Ben Franklin's Basement

Matt Soniak

From 1757 to 1775, Ben Franklin lived in an elegant four-story Georgian house at No. 36 Craven Street in London during his time as an ambassador for the American colonies.

FUSAG: The Ghost Army of World War II

Matt Soniak

In the final years of World War II, both the Allied and Axis Powers knew that there was no chance of defeating Hitler without cracking his grasp on Western Europe, and both sides knew that Northern Fr

The Late Movies: Friday the 13th

Miss Cellania

Friday the 13th needn't have you scared -you aren't superstitious, are you? I didn't think so. So grab your black cat, relax, and try to spell triskaidekaphobia.

9 Memorable Images from the '90s

David K. Israel

Finally, today we move into the ‘90s. If you missed previous posts this week, the ‘60s can be found here, the ‘70s here, and the ‘80s down yonder.

In 1960 a Retired Postal Worker Almost Killed JFK

Dan Lewis

In November of 1960, JFK was elected president. Three years later, he was assassinated in Dallas. But Richard Paul Pavlick had gotten close enough to kill JFK first.

World War I Centennial: Britain Forms the Royal Flying Corps

Erik Sass

Installment #11: In the years leading up the First World War, weapons technology advanced with such breathtaking speed that it became impossible to imagine what combat in the next war would actually l

Movies That Actually Need to Be Remade

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.

Neil deGrasse Tyson: "We Stopped Dreaming"

Chris Higgins

Ready to get fired up about America's space program? Listen to Neil deGrasse Tyson drop some knowledge on the history of NASA and current spending priorities.

12 Diseases and the Lucky Places They’re Named For

Calli Arcale

Map image via Shutterstock This isn't exactly what tourism bureaus want you to picture when you hear a town or region's name. 1.