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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.

Morning Cup of Links: Van Halen Lullaby

Miss Cellania

Dumps Are Overflowing with Old Pianos. Fewer people play these days, and even fewer want to give space and maintenance to a large instrument that isn't used. * Hey!

The Late Movies: Full House Musical Numbers

Erica Palan

Even though Full House has been off the air since 1995, it's one of the few shows that can suck me in for a good, long TV marathon.

7 Schools Where Streaking Is An Organized Sport

Julia Davis

At some schools, stripping down is a serious sport. Here are seven colleges that place streaking on par with other organized athletic endeavors. 1.

The Missing Links: Flags Left on the Lunar Surface

Colin Patrick

For Those That Like Reading on the Beach... And cannot possibly fathom the thought of your swimwear and book not matching perfectly.

How "The Power" Literally Rocked the House

Chris Higgins

Turbo B and Penny Ford, featured performers on "The Power" On July 5, 2011, the 39-story "Techno-Mart" mall in Seoul, South Korea shook for ten minutes, causing a two-day evacua

Let's Ask Matt Soniak Some Questions

Jason English

Matt Soniak is our in-house answer man. Since 2008, he's answered hundreds of Big Questions, and saved me valuable time whenever I'm wondering anything.

NBC Paid $1.2 Billion to Broadcast the London Olympics. Where Does That Money Go?

Scott Allen

Dave Hogan/NBCNBC paid the International Olympic Committee a record $1.18 billion for the U.S. broadcast rights to the 2012 London Games and $4.38 billion for the four Olympics from 2014-2020.

Lunchtime Quiz: Hugh Grant or Tony Blair?

Andréa Fernandes

In 2003's "ultimate romantic comedy" Love Actually, Hugh Grant plays the single, newly appointed Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, known only as "Prime Minister." Tony Bla

15 My Little Pony Mashups

Miss Cellania

If you want to create something that will appeal to internet surfers, keep this in mind: the essence of comedy is the juxtaposition of opposites, or at least somewhat unrelated things.

Brain Game: Tiny Europe

Here's a new mentalfloss.com Brain Game Tuesday Test Time challenge.