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By the Numbers: Top 10 Tweeters

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Ever wonder who has the most followers on Twitter? Here are the top 10, by the numbers. Please note: these are real people only! For instance, President Obama would easily make this list, but we know for a fact that he isn't the one tweeting on his account at this time. Also note: number of of followers DOES NOT translate to influence on followers. For example, even though our friend Alyssa Milano didn't make this list, her followers are much more likely to click her links, retweet her tweetage, and participate in her community than most of the people on this list. In fact, there's a terrific site called Klout that ranks a tweeter's influence. Go check it out! Meantime, by the numbers, here are your top 10, as of yesterday morning:

10. Katy Perry -3,491,410

Raised a Christian, Katy Perry is a singer/songwriter who started out in the world of gospel. Her later records have been secular and often controversial. She is known for her original fashion sense, integrating bright colors with vintage style.

9. John C. Mayer - 3,602,876

John C. Mayer is an accomplished musician with experience in pop music, guitar, acoustic sound, and jazz and blues. His dating history and social life have both been well covered by the media.

8. Taylor Swift - 3,970,319

A young country music star, Taylor Swift is the youngest person ever to win the Academy of Country Music's Album of the Year and Entertainer of the Year awards. She has recently branched out into acting.

7. Oprah Winfrey - 4,060,639

After having grown up in poverty, Oprah Winfrey has had an incredibly popular daytime talk show since 1986. She has been a major influence on our culture today with such things as Oprah's Book Club, philanthropy, and political activism.

6. Kim Kardashian - 4,514,040

Seemingly famous for being famous, Kim Kardashian stars with some of her family members in the reality show "Keeping Up With the Kardashians." She has also had several acting roles in addition to performing on Dancing With the Stars, and has been known to be in the middle of controversy.

5. Justin Bieber - 4,681,996

Famous for his music, boyish good looks, and forward-swept hair, Justin Bieber is a teenage heartthrob. He's a Canadian singer who got his start by uploading his music videos to his YouTube channel.

4. Ellen DeGeneres - 5,072,270

A famously gay daytime talk show host, Ellen DeGeneres started out as a stand up comedienne and actress in her own show called, "Ellen." Kids will also know her as the voice of Dory in the movie "Finding Nemo."

3. Ashton Kutcher - 5,569,167

Married to Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher got his start in the television show "That 70s Show" and "Dude, Where's My Car?" While he still appears in movies such as "Valentine's Day," he's now better known for being producer and creator of projects such as "Beauty and the Geek" and "Punk'd."

2. Britney Spears - 5,690,685

Performing since she was a child, Britney Spears became incredibly famous for her early musical hits such as "Oops!... I Did It Again." She soon added acting to her resume, but her unpredictable behavior landed her in the hospital multiple times. Her popularity continues to this day, however, and she is ranked as the third msot powerful female musician of the year by Forbes magazine.

1. Lady Gaga - 5,714,890

Lady Gaga is a recording artist well known for her single "Poker Face." Her outrageous outfits and style are influenced by glam rock musicians like David Bowie.

Speaking of Twitter, please take a second to follow @mental_floss, if you're not already! And for some very funny, illustrated tweets, please check out my start-up, the Twitter Hall of Fame,

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These $425 Jeans Can Turn Into Jorts
May 19, 2017
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Modular clothing used to consist of something simple, like a reversible jacket. Today, it’s a $425 pair of detachable jeans.

Apparel retailer Opening Ceremony recently debuted a pair of “2 in 1 Y/Project” trousers that look fairly peculiar. The legs are held to the crotch by a pair of loops, creating a disjointed C-3PO effect. Undo the loops and you can now remove the legs entirely, leaving a pair of jean shorts in their wake. The result goes from this:


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To this:


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The company also offers a slightly different cut with button tabs in black for $460. If these aren’t audacious enough for you, the Y/Project line includes jumpsuits with removable legs and garter-equipped jeans.

[h/t Mashable]

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This First-Grade Math Problem Is Stumping the Internet
May 17, 2017
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If you’ve ever fantasized about how much easier life would be if you could go back to elementary school, this math problem may give you second thoughts. The question first appeared on a web forum, Mashable reports, and after recently resurfacing, it’s been perplexing adults across social media.

According to the original poster AlmondShell, the bonus question was given to primary one, or first grade students, in Singapore. It instructs readers to “study the number pattern” and “fill in the missing numbers.” The puzzle, which comprises five numbers and four empty circles waiting to be filled in, comes with no further explanation.

Some forum members commented with their best guesses, while others expressed disbelief that this was a question on a kid’s exam. Commenter karrotguy illustrates one possible answer: Instead of looking for complex math equations, they saw that the figure in the middle circle (three) equals the amount of double-digit numbers in the surrounding quadrants (18, 10, 12). They filled out the puzzle accordingly.

A similar problem can be found on the blog of math enthusiast G.R. Burgin. His solution, which uses simple algebra, gets a little more complicated.

The math tests given to 6- and 7-year-olds in other parts of the world aren’t much easier. If your brain isn’t too worn out after the last one, check out this maddening problem involving trains assigned to students in the UK.

[h/t Mashable]