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Carrots Were Originally Purple

Dan Lewis

Carrots are mutants.

9 Crazy Things People Found Inside Their Walls

Lyz Lenz

The Ballad of the Walled-Up Wife chronicles the story of hapless masons who are incapable of building a wall that will last.

Brain Game: Money Talks

Here's a new word ladder puzzle for today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Wednesday Wordplay challenge: By changing one letter in each step to form English words, and leaving all other lette

Morning Cup of Links: Outer Space Film Festival

Miss Cellania

Parts of the script for Michael Bay's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie were leaked online (and promptly pulled).

Shockingly Beautiful Photos of Electrified Plants

Jill Harness

Flowers have long been a popular subject of artists and photographers, but when so many people have already portrayed the natural beauty of plants in so many different ways, it's hard to create s

Swilling the Planters With Bumbo: How George Washington Won Votes Before Campaign Ads

Julia Davis

In colonial times, it was considered ungentlemanly, corrupt, and downright sleazy to openly solicit votes through campaign speeches and advertisements.

The Late Movies: Remembering Muppeteer Jerry Nelson

Erica Palan

Early last week, the Muppets lost a member of their family: puppeteer Jerry Nelson died.

The Missing Links: Odd Film Credits

Colin Patrick

So, You’re Telling Me Swedish People Don’t Actually Say “Bork” In Every Sentence? According to real, actual Swedish people, they don’t see a whole lot of resemblance in the famous Muppet chef. If

19 Wildly Dangerous Home Remedies From 100 Years Ago

Adrienne Crezo

It's hard to understand just how far medical science has progressed over the last hundred years ... until you look at what passed for standard, advisable treatment back then.

Who's the Best Tetris Player in the World?

Chris Higgins

In the new documentary Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters, we get to see the top Tetris players in the world duke it out, to discover who is truly the master of the game.

Schlock the Vote: 22 Ridiculous Convention-Themed Items

Matthew J.X. Malady

This week in Tampa, those attending the 2012 Republican National Convention will exchange far more than plans for adjusting the tax code and adjective-laden riffs relating to the hairstyles of Romney

That Time the U.S. and Britain Nearly Went to War Over a Pig

Dan Lewis

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Brain Game: Blue, Brown, and Red

The 2010 U.S. Census has provided source data for many of our puzzles, and today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Tuesday Test Time challenge is a prime example.

Morning Cup of Links: Naptime!

Miss Cellania

California experienced 300 earthquakes in one day. None were all that powerful, but what might come next? * The Best Of The Internet's Reaction To The Botched "Ecce Homo" Painting.

How Nixon's Trip to China Inspired a Great American Opera

the mag

by Seth Colter Walls Just 13 years after President Richard Nixon’s resignation, a heroic opera about him seemed like a sure flop. Today, it’s part of the global