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A Writer Grows in Brooklyn - part 1

David K. Israel

Truman Capote lived in Brooklyn by choice, and so did I, once... Brooklyn Heights, to be more exact. Actually, the Northern part of Brooklyn Heights, if you want to be even more exact.

Brain Game: Another Nief Puzzle

When the Borderlands quiz Kara and I composed was featured as the 5PM Quiz yesterday, I decided to consult my notes to see if I had a state-related Brain Game to follow up with this morning.

Land of the Little People: Now with Video!

Ransom Riggs

A few months ago, I wrote about a unique tourist attraction in Southwestern China in which dwarves from across the region, who are discriminated against and have trouble getting regular jobs, have ban

Morning Cup of Links: Decade's End

Miss Cellania

December is the darkest month of the year. So why isn't it the coldest? It honestly has nothing to do with the power company's profit margins. * Product, a Jon Phillips production.

The Late Movies: Julia Child

Matt Soniak

My girlfriend and I recently watched Julie and Julia (my pick, not hers) and, honestly, I could have done without the Julie half of the equation.

How Rapper MC Frontalot is Quitting Smoking Using Dungeons & Dragons

Chris Higgins

So I'm an MC Frontalot fan from way back.

The Quick 10: 10 Photo-Op Statues

Stacy Conradt

With the holidays here, I bet lots of you are planning on traveling (we are). I love nothing more than to break up a road trip with ridiculous little stops, much to the chagrin of my car companions.

Cow Gets Double Prosthetic Legs

Jill Harness

When Nancy Dickenson and her stepdaughter found an 11-month-old calf suffering from severe frostbite on their neighbor's property, they knew they had to do something to help.

Sneak Peek #4: Butterflies on the Black Market

Mangesh Hattikudur

One of the stranger stories in the new Jan/Feb issue -- just days away from hitting newsstands! -- is Ethan Trex's question and answer piece on the underground world of exotic animal smuggling.

There's Still Time to Save 15% on mental_floss Gifts!

Mangesh & Jason

Hurry! Offer ends Monday, December 21, at

9 Odd and Unusual Soaps

Miss Cellania

When you need to buy a gift for a person who doesn't want anything specific, items that can be used up are always welcome.

Tuesday Turnip

David K. Israel

In case you're not familiar with the Turnip, it's a whimsical Google search, wherein I type a random phrase and we see what kind of interesting pages "turn-up." As always with thi

Brain Game: Math Square #6

The nine squares inside the main red grid should be filled with the digits 1 through 9. Each digit should appear only once in the mail grid. One of these numbers (the 8) is already provided for you.

Meanwhile, at the mental_floss Store...

Jason English

The _flossers who run our retail store/distribution center/business office in Chesterland, Ohio, have been extra busy this holiday season, so mental_floss co-founder/president/publisher Will Pearson f

Morning Cup of Links: Octopus Tools

Miss Cellania

Monsanto holds patents on genes contained in 95 percent of all soybeans and 80 percent of all corn grown in the U.S.

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