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10 Latin Phrases People Pretend to Understand

<b>By Kevin Fleming</b><p>Whether you're deciphering a cryptic state seal or trying to impress your Catholic in-laws, knowing some Latin has its advantages. …

The Origins of 15 Delightful Carnival Rides

<b>By Amanda Green</b><p>1. Ferris Wheel<p>The Ferris wheel made its debut at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. At least that’s what George …

11 Iconic Perfumes of the ’80s

There was nothing understated about the ’80s, and the scents of the decade—both designer and drugstore—definitely reflected its brashness. Big hair, …

9 Old-School Holiday Decorations

How many of these decorative touches do you remember (or still have stashed in the attic)?<p>1. <i>READER'S DIGEST</i> CHRISTMAS TREES<p>Old issues of <i>Reader’s</i> …

Christmas Trees

26 Things You Might Not Know Were Named After Places

<i>You know the names. You might not know where they came from.</i><p><b>1. Cheddar Cheese</b><br>This ubiquitous cheese gets its name from the town of Cheddar in …

Here's How Crazy-Long German Words are Made

German is known for its extra long compound words. When Mark Twain complained that some German words were “so long they have a perspective,” he was …

Mark Twain

11 Amazing Thank You Notes From Famous People

Letters of Note is one of our favorite places to hang out. Since 2009 the site has curated hundreds of interesting letters, telegrams, memos and …

12 Obvious Things Confirmed By Science

Brace yourself. These are shocking developments, people.<p>1. Yes, your cat is ignoring you<p>Your tabby recognizes the sound of your voice, but it’s …

Alice In Wonderland

Doing the Santa Claus Things

21 Ways To Keep Santa Real For Your Kids. I did the separate wrapping paper and handwriting, and believe me, they noticed.<br>*<br>Have you ever been …

Albums

Math Square #195

Good luck with today's <b>mentalfloss.com</b> Brain Game, <i>Monday Math Square #195:</i><p><b>Place the digits 1 through 9 in the white blanks so that the mathematical</b> …

British Columbia

Happy Festivus!

1 of 10<p>When Kramer hears Frank Costanza has invented a holiday, what does he say?<p>2 of 10<p>What actor plays the creepy guy at the OTB who later attends …

How the Führer Stole Christmas

While the Third Reich had many of the trappings of a religious sect – it was led by a cult figure with Messianic visions, had its own dogma and …

12 Cakes That Look Like Fast Food Specialties

These cakes look they should be served out of a drive-through window.<p>1 & 2. McDonald's<p>McDonald's is the largest fast food chain in the world, so it …

5 Questions: Just "Vent"ing

1 of 5<p>Ventnor Avenue is part of what color property group on a traditional <i>Monopoly</i> game board?<p>2 of 5<p>What actor played a ventriloquist with a devious, …

6 Embarrassing Things We All Do—and Why

Admit it: You've done at least one of these things before. Turns out, there's a scientific explanation for why.<p>1. Getting Caught Talking to …

Christmas Eve