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

Top 5 Stories Originally Posted This Week

1. How Your Favorite Sneakers Got Their Names, by Ethan Trex

2. 4 Simpsons Controversies That Didn't End in Lawsuits, by Karma Waltonen

3. The 5 Scariest Buildings in America, by Ransom Riggs

4. The Questionable Parenting Behind 5 Child Stars, by Kara Kovalchik

5. 15 Super Expensive Secondary Schools, by Scott Allen

Top 5 Most Commented Stories

1. I mean "“ the new like, by David K. Israel

2. The Quick 10: 10 Statues of Liberty (Other Than the Original), by Stacy Conradt

3. 15 Super Expensive Secondary Schools, by Scott Allen

4. The 5 Scariest Buildings in America, by Ransom Riggs

5. The Quick 10: 10 Deadly Landmarks & Monuments, by Stacy Conradt

Top 3 Quizzes Originally Posted This Week

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10 Other Things We Learned

1. Jack Kerouac was big into fantasy baseball.

2. Rachel Alexandra is far from the only female athlete to beat the boys.

3. George Washington's appointment of our second Chief Justice didn't go very smoothly.

4. Window cameos used to be a big deal on the Batman TV show. But maybe not in reruns, because I don't remember these at all.

5. We've got three new interns starting soon.

6. If you're hoping to make big money with toe puppets, somebody beat you to the patent.

7. Emperor Napoleon III offered a prize to anyone who could come up with a butter substitute.

8. You don't have to leave your desk to visit the White House. Or Graceland.

9. Some things take time. Lots of time.

10. On his way to becoming the first American in space, Alan Shepard couldn't hold it.

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May 23, 2009 - 1:30am
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