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Dog Mansions

Photo: La Petite Maison Doghouses have gone a long way since the simple days of slapping together leftover boards in the backyard. At least for the 1-percenters. The kicker is, these dogs don’t even [...]

How 11 Triple Crown Winners Spent Their Retirement Years

JOHN ANGELILLO/UPI/Landov The decision to scratch and retire I’ll Have Another with swelling in his left front leg on the day before the Belmont Stakes cost him a shot to become the 12th Triple Crown winner, but owner J. Paul Reddam still stands to make millions in stud fees. While the three-year-old colt would likely [...]

1952 RAF pilot UFO sighting revealed

The details of a 1952 UFO sighting by an RAF fighter pilot have been revealed for the first time. Flight Sergeant Roland Hughes had been flying his Va…

The Most Mysterious Painting in the Pentagon

This cloak and dagger story has got everything: a mysterious painting, the headquarters of the world’s most powerful military, and a clandestine operation known only as "The Project." In a Pentagon hallway hung an austere [...]

The Most Well-Read Cities in the USA

Which cities in the United States have the most bookworms? Amazon has just announced a list of the Top 20 Most Well-Read Cities in America: After compiling sales data of all book, magazine and newspaper sales in both print and Kindle format since Jan. 1, 2011, on a per capita basis in cities with more than [...]

Members of Congress Spent 27% of Their Time Taunting Each Other

Debates are part of a healthy democracy but why does it seem like Congress has so much trouble working out a deal over the budget? (Or anything else for that matter) Harvard professor Gary King decided to take a look at how members of Congress communicate with each other and found something surprising: they spent 27% [...]

The mental_floss Guide to the NCAAs (The Southeast)

We may not be much help in filling out your bracket. But throughout this week we’re going to bring you a _flossy take on March Madness: one interesting fact about each of the 68 teams in the tournament field. Tonight we’re tackling the Southeast region. (1) Pittsburgh graduated its first female students in 1898. Sisters Margaret [...]

Woman Goes to Court with Monkey in Her Bra

A woman was due to appear in court in Amherst, Virginia. So, naturally, she stuffed a small monkey into her bra before entering the courthouse: The woman brought along the palm-sized marmoset to a proceeding in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court in Amherst County, Va. Apparently, officials actually didn’t notice the clinging creature until the woman [...]