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15 Dad Facts for Father’s Day

A few years ago, we asked some of our favorite mental_floss writers to send us their favorite dad-related facts and stories for our newsletter. Here are 15 you can use around the grill today. 1. Halsey Taylor invented the drinking fountain as a tribute to his father, who succumbed to typhoid fever after drinking from a [...]

The Politics of Competitive Board Gaming Amongst Friends

Jay Cheel’s friends play Settlers of Catan. Soda is poured, chips prepared, the board laid out, and then…a ruckus ensues. In this documentary, Cheel reveals the fractured relationships within one group of friends who play, fight, and eat snacks. Sample exchange: Gerry: “I remember screaming, and I’m not sure if I was intelligible or [...]