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Your All-Time Favorite Boardgames

Last week, Keith Law took us on a tour of boardgame history, from Senet in ancient Egypt through the German-style games so popular today. A few days ago, he updated his personal rankings — a handy Top 21 list you should bookmark and refer to next time you’re looking to add something new to your [...]

5000 Years of Board Games (Part Two)

This week, Keith Law is taking us though the evolution of board games. If you missed yesterday’s installment, you might want to read that first. While modern western board games trace their lineage through Europe to the Middle East, Asia has its own long history of board games, dating at least back to 300 A.D., where [...]

Bonus Quiz: Name the Presidential Runners-Up (1900-Present)

Editor’s Note: Baseball expert/food critic/bookworm Keith Law of ESPN is back with another week of quizzes. Make him feel welcome! One of the more popular mental_floss quizzes (#3!) asks you to name all the Presidents of the United States. But what about the runners-up? Can you name all 25 men who finished second in U.S. [...]

Bonus Quiz: Name the Non-Metals

Editor’s Note: Baseball expert/food critic/bookworm Keith Law of ESPN is back with another week of quizzes. Make him feel welcome! I was fascinated by chemistry when I was young, although AP Chemistry woke me up to the fact that studying chemistry involved a significant amount of work. Since I’ve always been obsessed with lists, rankings, [...]

Bonus Quiz: Name the Not Ready for Prime Time Players

Editor’s Note: Baseball expert/food critic/bookworm Keith Law of ESPN is back with another week of quizzes. Make him feel welcome! Saturday Night Live recently kicked off its 35th season. How much do you know about season 1? We’ve put 60 seconds on the clock. Can you name the 7 original cast members, also known as [...]