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What are the Panama Papers? A guide to history's biggest data leak

What is Mossack Fonseca, how big is it, and who uses offshore firms? Key questions about one of the biggest ever data leaks<p>The Panama Papers are an unprecedented leak of 11.5m files from the database of the world’s fourth biggest offshore law firm, Mossack Fonseca. The records were obtained from an …


All Putin’s Men: Secret Records Reveal Money Network Tied to Russian Leader

Vladimir Putin and Sergey Roldugin forged a bond as young men. Fast friends, almost like brothers, they cruised the streets of Leningrad, singing …


Billionaires, Former Billionaires Outed For Offshore Wealth By The Panama Papers

One of the world’s largest data leaks, called the Panama Papers, is shedding light on the world of offshore financing, used frequently by many of the richest and most powerful around the globe. An anonymous source reportedly tipped off <i>Suddeutsche Zeitung</i>, an investigative newspaper in Germany, …

The Secret Caretaker - The Panama Papers

As he walked on stage last week for a performance of the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra in the Great Hall of the Conservatory, it was clear he was …

10 Onomatopoeia for World Travelers

<i>Illustrations by Marz Jr.</i><p><b>Want more amazing stories like this? Subscribe to mental_floss magazine today!</b><p>It was late 1974, and Neil Bogart, CEO of …

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These Are Photos from an Official Police Department Instagram Account

Need a laugh? Check out the official Instagram account of the Reykjavík metropolitan police (Reykjavík is the largest and capital city of Iceland). …

The Online Legacy of a Suicide Cult and the Webmasters Who Stayed Behind

Every month, the bills get paid on time. The emails get answered, and any orders filled. Which, for, is positively extraordinary. …


Process Photos of Julie Sarloutte’s Embroidered Self-Portrait

Artist Julie Sarloutte creates incredible embroidered renderings of images that can be hard to look at.<p>In my work I mix elements of folk and everyday imagery, often violent: disasters, war, urban repression … omnipresent in the media. Reflecting the fascination of the screen, I take the time to …

How-To: Frozen-Inspired Chrocheted Princess Anna Hat

Have a <i>Frozen</i>-obsessed kid in your life? Make that little gal’s day with this super-cool <i>Frozen</i>-inspired crocheted Princess Anna hat pattern from Laura on Over the Apple Tree!<p>It’s the perfect touch of cool-weather whimsey to get your own little princess’ autumn started out right.<p>Want to make one? …

How-To: Patchwork Sock Yarn Recipe

Got stash? Use up all of those pretty little scraps of sock yarn with this versatile patchwork sock yarn recipe from Martine at iMake.<p>Head over to iMake for more information and a link to the recipe PDF.

How-To: Strappy Flip Flops

Add some DIY style to a pair of plastic sandals with this strappy flip flops tutorial from Delia Creates!<p>[Via Sulia]<p><b>More:</b><p>How-To: Make Braided Knit Flip-Flop Straps<br>• 101 – Homemade Fabric Flip-Flops<br>• How-To: Soft Ruffle Flip Flops

Watermelon Slice Socks

Ravelry user Wendy Gaal created a pattern for these surprisingly realistic-looking watermelon slice socks. I mean, this has got to be about as close to wearing actual watermelon slices on your feet as you can get.<p>[via Laughing Squid]

How-To: Upcycled Grocery Bag Fruit Basket

Make your own baskets for fruit-picking or storing your farmer’s market finds with this upcycled grocery bag fruit basket tutorial from Lia Griffith!<p>Ready to make your own? Head over to Lia Griffith to see the full how-to!

Tunisian Crochet Basics

Tunisian crochet (also called afghan stitch) is my newest yarn crafting obsession, and I love the luxuriously thick and beautifully textured fabric it produces. Because it’s an old technique that’s a fairly new crafting trend, there aren’t a ton of modern resources out there for beginners, so I’m …

Make Tons of Ice with a Muffin Tin

If your freezer doesn't have an ice maker, or it just doesn't make it quickly enough when you need to fill a cooler, a muffin tin can make some huge …