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Our Top 16 Stories of August 2012

In case you weren’t obsessively refreshing mentalfloss.com all month, here’s what you missed: 1. 24 Vintage Photographs of Abraham Lincoln Being Awesome, by Lucas Reilly * 2. 11 Geeky Wedding and Engagement Rings, by Jill Harness * 3. 11 Time Traveler Urban Legends That Pretty Much Debunk Themselves, by Bill DeMain * 4. Why Do Olympians [...]

Prince Harry is Partial Owner of a Racehorse Named Usain Colt

John Stillwell/PA Photos/Landov Adrienne Crezo is on vacation this week, but she found time to share that fact with me yesterday. I am grateful. Stealing a line from our Managing Editor Jessanne Collins, I love the things that things are named. If you’d like to use this opening to come up with some punny names for [...]

The Coffee Shop Where Customers Pay for Each Others’ Drinks

Two years ago, a woman walked into the Corner Perk coffee shop in Bluffton, South Carolina and paid for a cup of coffee with a hundred dollar bill. She asked the barista to use the change to pay for other people’s orders as they came in. This simple, random act of kindness spun into a [...]

19 Outstanding Words You Should Be Working Into Conversation

There are some of our favorite words that appeared in mental_floss stories in 2011. Some are foreign words. Others come from medical dictionaries. And there’s a surprising amount of hobo slang. Have fun working these into conversation this holiday season! Gene Lee / Shutterstock.com 1. Kummerspeck (German): Excess weight gained from emotional overeating. Literally, grief bacon. 2. [...]

The Quick 10: Boston Marathon Facts

I’m out again next week, and once again, the lovely Adrienne Crezo will be keeping you entertained and educated. I know – it’s awfully close to my last vacation, but it’s actually just a trip postponed from last year. My sister-in-law ran her first Boston Marathon in 2010, you see, but I was too pregnant [...]

October’s Most Popular Stories (So Far)

In case you weren’t obsessively refreshing mentalfloss.com all month, here’s what you missed: 1. What 10 Classic Books Were Almost Called, by Stacy Conradt * 2. 10 Awesomely Geeky Birthday Cakes, by Jill Harness * 3. Found Snapshots: Hide This Please, by Ransom Riggs * 4. 10 Amazing Costumes for Halloween, by Miss Cellania * 5. 10 Abandoned Psych Wards Photographers Love Sneaking Into, [...]