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Halloween Costumes Kids Are Too Young To Understand- 2012 Edition

Our friends at Flavorwire shared their updated 2012 edition of costumes kids are too young to understand with us, and they’ve stepped up their game so much that we just had to share. From a dapper young Don Draper, glass of scotch in hand, to a tiny version of Sweet Dee from the epic rock opera [...]

Amanda Visell’s Blocky New Art Toy Series

If you like your toys wooden, limited edition and hand painted then you’re going to love Amanda Visell’s new wooden figure series Wood Idol. Many of the brightest stars from childhood are present and accounted for, like Mario, the Mad Hatter, Voltron, Gizmo and E.T., all ready to sit around looking delightfully square in their fancy [...]

To Use and Use Not

Ernest Hemingway wasn’t at all sure how to end his novel A Farewell to Arms. In fact, he wrote dozens of alternate endings that will all be included in a new edition of the 1929 novel. They have been preserved in the Ernest Hemingway Collection at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston [...]

A Crudely Drawn Penis Almost Derailed Huckleberry Finn

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is about as American as it gets. Funny, then, that the book was released in England well before it hit shelves in the U.S. Funny, except to author Mark Twain, whose greatest work was almost derailed by a strange prank. Image credit: University of Virginia Library Special Collections Twain was unhappy with [...]

Joss Whedon, Stan Lee And Other Geek Overlords As HeroClix Figures

If you’re a fan of the tabletop battle game HeroClix then you’re going to love these geek overlord edition figures coming out exclusively with a special edition of the Comic Con documentary- Comic Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope. The set features Joss Whedon, Stan Lee, Morgan Spurlock and Harry Knowles as mighty mini HeroClix figures [...]

What Made People Think Dewey Defeated Truman?

Truman isn’t just gleeful in that famous photo because he had been reelected, but because it was egg on the face of a paper he hated, the Chicago Tribune. The paper had a conservative bent, disapproved of most of his policies, and had once even called him a “nincompoop” in an editorial. The Tribune was suffering [...]

Our Trivia Show Is Coming to Austin!

We’re due for another edition of The Mental Floss Trivia Show! Looks like the next stop is going to be Austin, TX. If you live near Austin or plan to be there for SXSW in March, send an email to austinflossers@mentalfloss.com and we’ll keep you posted. Tentative date: Monday, March 12th. Speaking of SXSW, our co-founders [...]

Potenuse

Adam Koford (Ape Lad) made me smile with this edition of his Laugh Out Loud Cats. I’m a sucker for simple math humor. Link

Children’s Books for Children: The History of Little Golden Books

There’s a good chance you grew up reading the adventures of The Poky Little Puppy, Tootle, or Scuffy the Tugboat in the pages of Little Golden Books. Come along as we look at the history of these tiny tomes with the gold foil spine that have helped generations of kids learn to appreciate the [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Really Pricey Books

I have this fantasy that I am harboring a rare, insanely valuable first edition of some obscure book somewhere on my overstuffed bookshelves. I’ll decide I don’t need it someday and take it to trade in at Half Price Books and the overly-honest guy behind the counter will give me a look like I’ve lost [...]