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What Made The AK-47 So Popular?

Ethan Trex

Over the last 64 years, the AK-47 has become the iconic rifle of choice for everyone from the Soviet military to terrorists to drug lords. Let’s take a look at the world’s most common assault

The Number of the Day: 300,000,000

Jason English

More than 300 million Cadbury Creme Eggs are produced each year. Related Facts: Cadbury Crème Eggs are made by pouring molten chocolate into a half-egg mold, which is then filled with white fondant

Five Goofy Star Wars Re-Cuts

Chris Higgins

Need a way to nerd your way through the workday? Enjoy these re-cut Star Wars videos (they're all short) by YouTube master OneMinuteGalactica.

At the Libraries: Finding Love in a Bookstore

Miss Kathleen

Every week, Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books.

8 Odd and Awesome Musical Instruments

Miss Cellania

We've shown you many strange and different musical instruments, but there are always more to be discovered.

Too Young to Die: Photojournalism at its Best and Grimmest

Ransom Riggs

I've really been enjoying myself over on Kickstarter, a social networking site that helps fund and follow independent creative projects.

Brain Game: Hit Movies!

Every Thursday is Think Thursday at the mentalfloss.com Brain Game.

Morning Cup of Links: When Harry Met...

Miss Cellania

Jean-François Rauzier makes huge high-resolution pictures with amazing attention to detail.

The Quick 10: 10 of the Most Expensive Desserts Ever

Stacy Conradt

For me, there's nothing better than warm chocolate chip cookies out of the oven to satisfy a sweet tooth.

The Late Movies: Jacobus, A Vlogger from the 14th Century

Chris Higgins

Tonight, for your viewing pleasure, the video blog of Jacobus, a 14th-century serf with a suspiciously bad accent.

Fresh Perspectives: Libya

David K. Israel

Ever wonder what The Colbert Report might look like with children panelists? Look no further

Dr. Ruth's Game of Good Sex and Other Absurd Celebrity Video Games

Cole Gamble

Making a good video game is incredibly difficult. It requires loads of talent, creativity, hard work and time. In contrast, making a bad video game is rather easy.

Beefing up the Kids Aisle of the mental_floss Store

Jason English

We're expanding the mental_floss online store and we need your help! Specifically, let's talk about the Kids section.

Bottle Rocket: Dignan's Notebook

Chris Higgins

In Wes Anderson's first movie Bottle Rocket, a young Owen Wilson plays Dignan, a wannabe criminal whose prior work experience includes lawn maintenance -- before he was fired.

How Hard Is it to Dissolve a Body?

Meghan Holohan

During the Sicilian Mafia wars of the early 1980s, residents of Palermo feared the “white shotgun” or lupara bianca—a murder where the body disappears.

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