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5 Memorable Moments in Comic Book Censorship

In a story we first published in 2008 (server migration week continues!), Australian writer/historian Mark Juddery discusses what happened when comic book characters ran afoul of the comic book code (or angered a hostile government). 1. The Comics Code and the C-word For decades, the comic book industry was ruled by the toughest censorship body in America: [...]

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 [...]

October’s Most Popular Stories (So Far)

In case you weren’t obsessively refreshing all month, here’s what you missed: 1. What 10 Classic Books Were Almost Called, by Stacy Conradt * 2. 10 Awesomely Geeky Birthday Cakes, by Jill Harness * 3. Found Snapshots: Hide This Please, by Ransom Riggs * 4. 10 Amazing Costumes for Halloween, by Miss Cellania * 5. 10 Abandoned Psych Wards Photographers Love Sneaking Into, [...]