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23 Fun Facts About Things We Saw at the Grocery Store

The other day we set up a mental_floss Instagram account, then went to the grocery store and took some pictures. (We also needed food.) Here are some fun facts about the products we encountered. To appease the dairy lobby and keep butter sales strong, several states used to require margarine to be dyed pink. The USDA [...]

What’s Your Grammar Pet Peeve?

On Fridays, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else’s reply, whatever you want. On to this week’s topics of discussion… 1. In Clifford the Big Red Dog, the Howard family picked up and moved to Birdwell Island when Clifford outgrew their [...]

A Strange Turn of Events on a Slow News Day

On Monday, I posted a clip of my two-year-old playing with her U.S. Presidents placemat alongside our “can you guess the president by his placemat portrait?” quiz. Gawker re-posted the video last night, and by this morning — and this is a sentence I hope I never type again — my daughter’s video had gone [...]