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Our Top 16 Stories of August 2012

In case you weren’t obsessively refreshing 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 [...]

Stalin’s Daughter, Who Was Living in Wisconsin, Has Died

Earlier this year, Rob Lammle discussed the life of Stalin’s daughter Svetlana in a piece on famous defectors. The New York Times is reporting that she passed away last week in Wisconsin. Here’s an excerpt from Rob’s story. Svetlana Alliluyeva was born in 1926 to Nadezhda Alliluyeva and Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin. She was the [...]

The Late Movies: The “Unsolved Mysteries” Theme Song

Rob Lammle wrote a terrific piece in January called Unsolved Mysteries: More Than Just a Creepy Theme Song. But I wondered: can that theme song get any creepier? Guess what — it can. Listen if you dare. (On one of the videos below, YouTube user TiffanyMarie105 wrote: “The song alone (let alone the actual show) [...]

Last Month’s Most Popular Stories on

In case you weren’t obsessively refreshing in November, here’s what you missed… 1. 4 Bizarre Experiments That Should Never Be Repeated, by Megan Wilde * 2. Talking Pictures: Glamor Shots, by Ransom Riggs * 3. 10 Buildings Shaped Like What They Sell, by Ethan Trex * 4. Talking Pictures: Times of Trouble, by Ransom Riggs * 5. 5 Geniuses Who Renounced Their Work, [...]

Last Week’s Most Popular Stories

I was busy trick-or-treating last Sunday and didn’t post my weekly recap, so here’s a look at the most read stories from the last two weeks: 1. Sex! Drugs! Racism! The Stories of 8 Controversial Candies, by Rob Lammle * 2. What Happens to the Losing Team’s Championship Shirts?, by Matt Soniak * 3. The War on Suffrage, by [...]

Our Most Popular Stories Since September 14th

Since my daughter Katherine was born on September 14th, I haven’t been obsessively refreshing, and we haven’t been posting The Week’s Most Popular Stories. But now that paternity leave is behind me, here’s what I missed: 1. 10 Ways to Game Up Your Home, by Miss Cellania * 2. The Surprising Voices Behind Cartoon Characters, by Ethan [...]

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

We’re counting down the year’s most-read 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 [...]

Month in Review: October’s Most Popular Stories

Another month is in the books. In case you missed a day or two here or there, these are the top 12 stories originally posted in October: 1. The Origins of All 30 NBA Team Names by Scott Allen Why is a team in Los Angeles named the Lakers, and what’s a team called the Jazz doing [...]

Month in Review: September’s Most Popular Stories

If you’re keeping score at home, September was the second-best month we’ve ever had. (The halcyon days of August ‘09 will be tough to top.) Thanks to everyone who has made mental_floss part of your routine, especially the folks who’ve been here for years and have aggressively spread the word about our site and magazine. [...]

Month in Review: August’s Most Popular Stories

Numbers-wise, August was our best month ever. Remember when Mark McGwire broke Roger Maris’ home run record? Our August stats were like that, except if instead of hitting 70 home runs, McGwire had started a website and racked up 22,000,000 pageviews. Thanks to all 7-million-plus of you who stopped by. Here’s a look back at [...]