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By the Numbers: How Americans Spend Their Money

Last year, Americans spent $10.7 trillion shopping. With that much dough, you could buy over 2000 aircraft carriers, 300 private islands, and still have money left over for a latte. Here’s a taste of the things we bought—and how much we spent on them. Getty Images Beer: $96 billion—enough to make 199,937,239 barrels! (Brewers Association) Pretzels: $550 million [...]

12 Non-Basketball March Madness Brackets

We love March Madness! We love it so much that we can’t restrict it to just a basketball tournament. See, citizens of the internet love to make charts and graphs (which includes tournament brackets), and they love reader participation polls. Some of these tournaments want your vote to select the winner, others are just for [...]

Strangely Specific: A Roundup of Niche Blogs

When you want to read about a wide variety of interesting topics, you come here to mental_floss. If you have the time, you might also be interested in seeing some highly-specific blogs that may amuse you for a while. You just might find one with a topic that speaks to your heart and you’ll want [...]

Women Running from Houses

The blog Women Running from Houses is subtitled “judging books by their covers”. Not having read many Gothic romance novels, I had no idea that a woman running away from a house was such a common theme for a book cover! Spectergirl collects such novels, and while admitting that she hasn’t read them all (and [...]