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Harry Potter Spoiler Contest!

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Believe it or not, we're begging you to spoil the book for us. Heck, we'll even give you a prize for it! You see, back when Seinfeld ended, we were certain that Jerry would ask Elaine to marry him. Instead he ended up in jail. Then when The Sopranos finished, we thought Tony would end up in jail. Instead he ordered food and listened to Journey. And then when Jay Z officially retired, we thought, this one's easy—the guy's retiring. Then he released another album. So now that the final Harry Potter book is coming out, we have no clue what's going to happen.

That's why we're turning to you. mental_floss is holding a Harry Potter Spoiler Contest. Think Harry will convince Voldemort to settle their dispute in a massive game of Rock, Paper, Scissors? Do you think Hogwarts will cave in to desegregation laws and start allowing Muggles to attend classes? Will David Blaine make a cameo? Simply post your prediction to the comments below. The Winner (whoever makes us grin widest with the funnest, wildest, or most genuinely surprising ending) gets a copy of the hilarious book Milk, Eggs, Vodka, plus the mental_floss t-shirt of his/her choice. Oh, and we'll have runner-up prizes too. So, Accio Endings already!

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Take a Rare Glimpse Inside the World's Largest Seed Reserve
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Since 2008, the remote Arctic island of Spitsbergen has been home to the world’s largest seed storage facility, known as the Svalbard Global Seed Vault.

The 11,000-square-foot facility contains nearly 865,000 seed samples—many of which are crops—and functions as both a reserve in the event of a catastrophe and as a backup for other seed banks around the world. Countries can send samples for preservation and access the reserves as needed (the effort is funded by Norway in conjunction with the organization Crop Trust). The vault was opened for the first time last year in light of the destruction caused by the Syrian War.

Access to the fault is notoriously limited, but AJ+ has a glimpse inside on its YouTube page. It’s a rare look at a place that isn’t known for its looks, but holds some of the planet’s most beautiful and valuable offerings.

[h/t The Kid Should See This]

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This Infographic Explains the Difference Between Perfume and Eau de Toilette
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Ever wondered why you can't smell the perfume you dabbed on earlier this morning? Maybe it's because you aren't actually wearing perfume. Instead, you likely applied eau de toilette, cologne, or another type of fragrance.

These sprays contain different concentrations of fragrance oil dissolved in solutions of alcohol and water. Scents with a heavier amount of oil are stronger, they're more expensive, and they also last for longer periods of time. Even the most discerning shopper might not know whether to opt for parfum or eu de parfum when perusing bottles of Chanel No. 5 at the fragrance counter—or even realize there's a difference. 

If you'd prefer to smell like a few roses instead of a field of them, it's handy to know the difference between perfume, eau de parfum, eau de toilette, cologne, and eau fraiche when you're out shopping for a new scent. Lifehacker recently ran this handy infographic by Real Men Real Style, which breaks down the strength of each fragrance along with how long it lasts. Use it as a guide to purchase the perfect product for you.

[h/t Lifehacker]

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