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Vote for America’s Best Restroom

Every year, Cintas holds a competition for the poshest public potty in the country. Now the top ten finalists have been selected, and it’s up to you to vote for America’s Best Restroom! Shown is the restroom at Mie N Yu Restaurant in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, DC. It’s just one of ten lovely [...]

5 Restaurants Where Spy Games Were Played

Restaurants are ideal places for spies to ply their trade, as there’s plenty of ambient noise, a nice crowd to throw things off, and food to go around, which tends to alleviate stress. Here are five restaurants where tradecraft was the daily special. 1. Au Pied de Cochon, Georgetown DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images Vitaly Yurchenko was a 25-year veteran [...]

Study: atheism in US has a low retention rate

New research suggests that those who grow up in an atheist household are less likely to stay atheists. Conducted by researchers at Georgetown Universi…

After Elections in Delaware, Politicians Literally Bury Hatchets

Image credit: A Chesapeake Journal As the election season kicks into gear and all that negative rhetoric hits the airwaves, it’s worth remembering that politics isn’t always so nasty. And no place is that more clear than in one Delaware town, where politicians mark the end of campaigning by literally burying the hatchet. It’s part of [...]

The mental_floss Guide to the NCAA Tournament: The Midwest

We’re going region by region, giving you one fun fact about each team in the tournament. Last up, the Midwest! (1) North Carolina © Duomo/CORBIS Yearning to learn more about your kidneys? Head to the University of North Carolina’s Carl W. Gottschalk Collection. The 12,400-item collection houses legendary medical professor Gottschalk’s passion: historical items related to the study [...]

The mental_floss Guide to the NCAAs (The Southwest)

We may not be much help in filling out your bracket. But throughout this week we’re going to bring you a _flossy take on March Madness: one interesting fact about each of the 68 teams in the tournament field. Let’s kick things off with the Southwest region. (1) Kansas began playing basketball in 1898, shortly [...]

19 Photos of Ronald Reagan With Various Celebrities for His 100th Birthday

Former President Ronald Reagan’s 100th birthday is February 6th, and you can bet every media outlet will be running some sort of tribute. Now seems like a good time to bring up one of my favorite websites, the Reagan Presidential Library—specifically the MEETING WITH V.I.P.s and CELEBRITIES section of the library’s historical photo archives. It’s [...]

Puppies Wearing Hats Eating Bacon Sharing Facts (about Washington, D.C.)

Most people know that Washington D.C. is the capital of the United States; what they don’t know is what the heck a Georgetown Hoya is. Despite Georgetown’s mascot, Jack the Bulldog, our puppies below can tell you that a Hoya is not a dog of any kind. They can also tell you these fun facts: [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Strange College Traditions

Most colleges have a campus-specific tradition or two that you simply must participate in before you graduate. Here are a few of them – be sure to leave a comment and tell us what your college or alma mater does! 1. Naked Quad Run – Tufts University, Medford, MA. I don’t need a special day to [...]

The Late Movies: Ali G

Before Borat, before Brüno, there was Ali G, a character created by Sacha Baron Cohen to satirize various political and social issues through interviews with public figures. According to Wikipedia: Ali G is a boorish, uneducated, streetwise youth with a deeply stereotypical view of the world, who either embarrasses his interviewee by displaying a mixture of [...]