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Our Top 16 Stories of August 2012

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

Teen Sold Kidney for iPad and iPhone

Apple’s iPad costs an arm and a leg here in the United States, but in China, the organ you’d have to part with is the kidney: It sounds like the stuff of urban legends, but the official Chinese [...]

5 Horrific Urban Legends That Have Some Truth Behind Them

From a hook being left on a door handle by a crazed serial killer to a gang that will shoot you if you flash your bright lights at them, Halloween is a ripe time for horrific urban legends to be spread around. While most of these are fiction, the reality is that some of these [...]

7 Creepy Urban Legends That Happen to be True

Cracked has posted the fifth in a series of urban legends and the true tales behind them. The stories are all plain weird, like the guy in Japan who started noticing food in his apartment was disappearing. Was he losing his mind? Being messed with by a shy poltergeist? To find out, he set up a [...]