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Man Charged with Making and Then Trying to Spend a Fake $1 Million Bill at Walmart

Was it counterfeiting or a postmodern approach to monetary expansion? Either way, police in Lexington, North Carolina allege that a man approached a register at a local Walmart with $476 worth of household goods. He tried to pay for them with a $1 million bill that he made himself: Store staff called police. Fuller was later charged [...]

Who Embodied Evil Before Hitler?

My daughter is studying governments and needed some examples of dictators. A Google search led her to say, “Boy, everybody hates Hitler!” I gave her more examples, but they were all from the past 100 years. Before World War II, did any one person serve as a metaphor for oppression, cruelty, and all-around evil? Slate [...]

The 10 Most Important Kisses in the Universe

Pucker up as we explore 10 smooches that changed religion, art, culture, and history. 1. The Kiss of Judas: A Betrayal or Just Misunderstood? Nothing ends a good “bromance” quite like flagrant, murderous betrayal. A long time ago, a wandering preacher named Jesus was doing pretty well for himself—building up a following and promoting religious teachings—until one [...]

Wizards Hack Into Lexington Road Sign

This is my last Harry Potter post for the day, I swear. Looks like some pranksters in Lexington, Kentucky, used the ol’ road sign hacking trick to warn Muggles about Death Eaters ahead. Sure hope they have enough Galleons to get bailed out of jail if they’re caught! Link via PostSecret

Horton Sees a Pluto

by Meg Muckenhoupt, Lexington, Massachusetts, USA Illustrations by Gavin Schnitzler, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts, USA On a hot night in August, while strolling in Prague, Horton the elephant peered through the fog With his portable telescope tied on a string He looked at the heavens and spotted… a thing! So Horton stopped walking and stared at the spot. “That’s [...]

The Quick 10: Boston Marathon Facts

I’m out again next week, and once again, the lovely Adrienne Crezo will be keeping you entertained and educated. I know – it’s awfully close to my last vacation, but it’s actually just a trip postponed from last year. My sister-in-law ran her first Boston Marathon in 2010, you see, but I was too pregnant [...]

Dumpster-diving Squirrel

A photo gallery in the Lexington Herald-Leader documents how a lucky squirrel retrieved an entire fast-food meal in a trash can at a city park. The squirrel climbed inside the can and came out with a french fry. After eating the fry, it went back in the can and came out with the remains of a [...]

Odds/Ends: Alyssa Milano + Clean Water + Split Decision

This may sound made up, but Alyssa Milano has been one of our biggest supporters over the years. She’s introduced thousands of people to mental_floss; “through a link tweeted by Alyssa Milano” finished surprisingly high on a recent survey of how people first found us. For her 38th birthday, she’s trying to raise money for [...]

The Pearl Harbor Spy, Part II

The following is an article from Uncle John’s Heavy Duty Bathroom Reader. From Uncle John’s Dustbin of History, here’s the final installment of our story about the person most responsible for making Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 as devastating as it was. Part one is in this post. BEFORE THE STORM On the evening of Saturday, [...]

18 Airports Named After People (Including a Cartoonist)

If you’re doing any air travel this winter, chances are you’ll end up spending quite a bit of time sitting in airports. During those layovers, your mind may wander. Who is this O’Hare fellow? What made LaGuardia worthy of an airport? How about Hartsfield and Jackson? Here’s a look at some namesake airports whose origins [...]