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In case you weren't obsessively refreshing mentalfloss.com all week, here's what you missed:

1. Did Blowing Into Nintendo Cartridges Really Help?, by Chris Higgins
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2. 12 Proposed U.S. States That Didn’t Make the Cut, by M. Asher Cantrell
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3. There’s a First World. There’s a Third World. Is There a Second World?, by Matt Soniak
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4. 43 Sesame Street Facts for the 43rd Season, by Jason English
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5. On This Date in 1983, Stanislav Petrov Single-Handedly Prevented Nuclear War, by Erin McCarthy
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6. 12 Cat-Related Patents That Are Really Quite Bizarre, by Erin McCarthy
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7. Why Does a Laptop Need Its Own Bin at Airport Security?, by Erin McCarthy
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8. 27 Cowboy Slang Terms for Things You Eat and Drink, by Adrienne Crezo
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9. 5 Historical Attempts to Ban Coffee, by Emmy Blotnick
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10. Why Are Bottles of Champagne Smashed on New Ships?, by Matt Soniak
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11. Why Is Toy Packaging So Difficult to Open?, by Matt Soniak
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12. Why Is it so Hard for Pandas to Get Pregnant?, by Erin McCarthy

September 30, 2012 - 5:20pm
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