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Lincoln Logs’ Famous Inventor – and How Much He Sold Out For

You can probably deduce who John Lloyd Wright’s famous dad was. But what you may not know is that John made his own massive contribution to design in an arena totally different than his father’s: toys. Perhaps inspired by Frank’s Imperial Hotel, John received US Patent 1,351,086 on August 31, 1920 for a “Toy-Cabin Construction.” I [...]

The Most Popular Stories of 2009: #13 to #6

We’re counting down the year’s most-read mentalfloss.com stories. On Sunday, we rattled off #20 to #14. Here’s the next batch. 13. 8 Unusual College Scholarships by Kara Kovalchik Today’s students can parlay a hobby, goofy talent or even a genetic luck of the draw into scholarship money. Take a gander at some of the more unusual opportunities that [...]