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The Palladium Credit Card

Dan Lewis runs the popular daily newsletter Now I Know (“Learn Something New Every Day, By Email”). To subscribe to his daily email, click here. Plastic. It’s the one-word term used by many to mean “credit card” because, in almost all cases, credit cards are made out of that flexible, durable material. But not all cards [...]

On the Money: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Coin Portraits

During America’s infancy, the government didn’t want to put President George Washington or any of the Founding Fathers on U.S. currency. Since government-issued coins had first appeared in the world, it was common for the faces of kings, queens and emperors to appear on them. The Founders had just gotten a constitutional republic up and [...]

Office Hours Extended!

By popular demand—and by “popular demand,” I mean “one guy who asked politely”—we’ll hold Office Hours again on Friday. In a newsletter last month, mental_floss co-founder Mangesh asked readers for suggestions about additions to our site. Good ideas poured in, and one person reminded me of something we used to do from time to time: “Remember when [...]

Office Hours Today!

In a newsletter last month, mental_floss co-founder Mangesh asked readers for suggestions about additions to our site. Good ideas poured in, and one person reminded me of something we used to do from time to time: “Remember when you used to hold Office Hours and chat with readers via Instant Messenger? You should do that again. [...]