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Shop The mental_floss Election Collection!

You may have heard that today is Election Day. So while you’re standing in line to vote or anxiously waiting for the results—and maybe even contemplating a move to Canada—shop our Election Collection. Whether you’re looking for Election Day fun you can take home or a good holiday gift for your favorite politico, there’s something [...]

24 Photographs of Abe Lincoln Being Awesome

Abraham Lincoln broke ground for U.S. presidents in many ways, one of them for being photographed. Photography was still in its infancy, but we can go back and see how the man actually looked as he ran for congress, campaigned for president, supervised the Civil War, etc etc. I really like this picture of Lincoln [...]

Is Superman a Democrat? On Politics and Superheroes

Is Superman a Democrat? Is Batman a Republican? And more to the point, what’s up with spandex-clad superheroes dabbling in real-life politics? The short answer is it’s nothing new. Ever since Superman and his keister-kicking ilk hit newsstands in the late ‘30s and ‘40s, comic book plotlines have reflected the wars and political struggles going [...]

How to Get Your Face on a Postage Stamp

Follow these five surefire steps and you’ll be stuck to the corner of envelopes in no time! Step #1: KICK THE BUCKET This is the hard part. According to the U.S. Postal Service, no living person can appear on an official stamp. No exceptions! (Clearly, the Postal Service is in the Elvis-is-dead camp). Step #2: BE PATIENT Don’t expect [...]

The James K. Polk Trivia Contest (Winners!)

A while back we announced our James K. Polk Trivia Contest, which was posted in part because of a crack I made about the Polk administration on The Rachael Ray Show. (Note: That’s the weirdest sentence I’ve ever typed.) We opened it up to trivia about all the lesser-known presidents, and hundreds and hundreds of entries [...]