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Our Top 16 Stories of August 2012

In case you weren’t obsessively refreshing mentalfloss.com all month, here’s what you missed: 1. 24 Vintage Photographs of Abraham Lincoln Being Awesome, by Lucas Reilly * 2. 11 Geeky Wedding and Engagement Rings, by Jill Harness * 3. 11 Time Traveler Urban Legends That Pretty Much Debunk Themselves, by Bill DeMain * 4. Why Do Olympians [...]

10 Ideas for Antiquating Your Modern Technology

Modern technology is amazing and efficient. But there is something to be said for the giddy nostalgia created by products from the past. Thankfully, there are a lot of ways to combine the two experiences. 1. Rotary iPhone Dialer App For just 99-cents you too can be really frustrated every time you call your friend who has [...]

The Missing Links: That Cute Lion Wants to Have Your Child Over for Dinner

Choosy Expectant Moms Choose Cigs Holy Moly. Imagine if this ad appeared today. * Don’t Play Games With Your Food. Especially If It’s My Child. That lion at the zoo isn’t looking to make your son or daughter a quick meal. It wants to take its time. * Why Isn’t There a Wikipedia Page for Binaca? Our editor Jason English recently discovered [...]

Last Week’s Most Popular Stories and an Enjoyable Wikipedia Screenshot

In case you weren’t obsessively refreshing mentalfloss.com all week, here’s what you missed: 1. 119 Amazing Facts for National Trivia Day, by Jason English * 2. Why Do Dogs Walk in a Circle Before Lying Down?, by Matt Soniak * 3. 25 One-Word Answers to Very Important Questions, by Ethan Trex * 4. How Do Magic Eye Pictures Work?, by Matt Soniak * 5. [...]

The Great Down-Sell

Some of you long-time loyal readers might recall Jason English’s funny/sad saga back in 2007 about the time his cellphone provider over-billed him for more than $600. Sure, we’ve all had bad experiences with big companies. Maybe not as epic as Jason’s – but for each of us, these moments (those smite-your-brow-in-horrific-disbelief moments), when you [...]

The Top 5 mental_floss Quizzes of 2011

This weekend, we’ve been counting down the year’s top quizzes (see #6-#10 and #11-#15). Pay attention to what’s been working, because tomorrow we’ll start accepting suggestions for another installment of Reader-Submitted Quiz Week. What resume wouldn’t look better with “I wrote a quiz for mental_floss” down in the MISCELLANEOUS section? (Plus you can win [...]

Counting Down Our Most Popular Quizzes of 2011 (#6-#10)

This weekend, we’ll be counting down the year’s top quizzes (see #11-#15). Pay attention to what’s been working, because on Monday we’ll start accepting suggestions for another installment of Reader-Submitted Quiz Week. What resume wouldn’t look better with “I wrote a quiz for mental_floss” down in the MISCELLANEOUS section? (Plus you can win a t-shirt, [...]

Counting Down Our Most Popular Quizzes of 2011 (#11-#15)

This weekend, we’ll be counting down the year’s top quizzes. Pay attention to what’s been working, because on Monday we’ll start accepting suggestions for another installment of Reader-Submitted Quiz Week. What resume wouldn’t look better with “I wrote a quiz for mental_floss” down in the MISCELLANEOUS section? (Plus you can win a t-shirt, which is [...]

Obama Campaign Email Subject or Message From My Aunt?

If you are on Barack Obama’s email list, you may have noticed the weirdly personal subject lines. Jason English has, and made a quiz about it. Some of the lines are actual presidential email subjects, and some are from Jason’s aunt. Now, Jason’s aunt doesn’t send me anything, but just like you, I have relatives [...]

How Marty McFly Met Doc Brown

One of the authors at mental_floss asked managing editor Jason English a question he couldn’t answer, so he asked the readers. “Is it ever explained why Marty hangs out with Doc Brown? He’s just in Doc’s house to start the movie and it’s just implied that they’re good friends.” — Brett Savage Among the many comments at that [...]