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How "2001" Became the Space Odyssey We Know

Chris Higgins

James Cameron narrates this documentary on the classic film 2001. It includes archival footage of the late Arthur C.

Music History #4: "Cloudbusting"

Bill DeMain

Editor's Note: This is the fourth installment of Bill DeMain's new(ish) column, where he explores the real historical events that inspired various songs.

Brain Game: Big and Bad

Here's a new mentalfloss.com Brain Game Think Thursday challenge to start your day. Good luck! What two former U.S.

Morning Cup of Links: Cooking in Space

Miss Cellania

What ever happened to the gold medal-winning 1996 US Gymnastics Team?

This YouTube Video Could Help Cure Vertigo

Jill Harness

The idea that YouTube could help with any medical disorder sounds outrageous.

35 Modern Words Recently Added to the Dictionary

Lucas Reilly

The Oxford Dictionary Online is a warehouse of over 600,000 words.

The Late Movies: The First 7 Videos on MTV

Chris Higgins

MTV turns 31 today.

"2001" Trailers, Then and Now

Chris Higgins

Stanley Kubrick's 2001 is a moody sci-fi masterpiece. Its pacing is, by modern sci-fi standards, slow -- but those of us who love the movie see that as part of its appeal.

What's the Point? The Pyramid Atop the Washington Monument

Matt Soniak

There's an aluminum pyramid perched on top of the Washington Monument. Here's how and why it got up

The Missing Links: Amazing Attics

Colin Patrick

Get Those Boxes & Holiday Decorations & That George Bluth Out of Your Attic ...And turn your top floor into something awesome. * Dennis Rodman Is Writing A Children’s Book Whether or n

Discovering Oxygen: A Brief History

Julia Davis

Because there are three different dead guys who regularly vie for credit for discovering oxygen, we’ve staged a little friendly competition to establish which of these great men deserves the title of

24 Vintage Photographs of Abe Lincoln

Lucas Reilly

Abraham Lincoln’s personal secretary John Nicolay believed that no photograph could capture Honest Abe’s essence: “There are many pictures of Lincoln,” he said, “[but] there is no portrait of him.” Ov

The Time They Used a Cigarette Lighter to Light the Olympic Torch

Stacy Conradt

When it comes to the Olympic Flame, its keepers take no chances.

15 Offbeat Holidays You Can Celebrate in August

Laura Turner Garrison

National Underwear Day/ At first glance, August might seem light on the holiday offerings. We dug a little deeper to find a healthy helping of celebrations to help you beat the heat. 1.

Brain Game: Standing on the Podium

We hope you aren't too sleepy from watching the Olympics to enjoy today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Wednesday Wordplay challenge.