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Weekend Links: The Cookie Heist of the Century

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Some terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad person stole $19,000 worth of Girl Scout cookies. No word on whether the grand heist was carried out with intentions of resale, or if someone out there just really loves Thin Mints. 

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For the fourth year running, Hawaii residents reported the highest wellbeing scores in the country. (No one is surprised.) On the flip side, West Virginia seems to be a pit of misery and sadness. How can we help you, West Virginians?! 

Thinking about donating your brain to science? Fill out this form and sign on the dotted line, please.

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This interactive widget allows you to search through Academy Awards red carpet fashion from the last 15 years by color, style, designer, and celebrity.

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Here on Mental Floss, we have a whole section dedicated to lists of things, and The Guardian has some possible reasons why we love them so much.

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Stay on the sunny side, always on the sunny side – but know that it won’t increase your lifespan. According to recent research that contradicts the common wisdom about keeping your chin up, pessimists on average live longer than optimists.

Don’t worry about the iridescent patches on your roast beef sandwiches. As it turns out, “beef rainbows” are perfectly harmless.

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As these famous historical epitaphs prove, there’s always a way to get the last word in, even after death. Dorothy Parker, in particular, keeps it short, sweet, and quippy: “Please excuse my dust.”

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50 Things to Know About Aquaman
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50 Things to Know About Aquaman. To be precise: About the Aquaman movie set to hit theaters in December.

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Barbie is Now a Woke Vlogger. For a toy fashion model, her advice for young women is amazingly spot-on.

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This Is Your Brain on Fatherhood. Only about 10 percent of mammalian species provide paternal care for babies, but those who do have a better chance of survival.

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What Does a Six-Legged Robot Flowerpot Do? It seeks out sunlight, water, and whatever else the plant may need.

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Hospital Food: Unappetizing Meals for Sick People. The switch from home convalescence to feeding a variety of inpatients is the reason hospital food is so bad.

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Are You a Money Ostrich? The first step toward understanding your financial situation is to stop avoiding it.

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The Secretive Mega-Companies Behind Your Glasses. Chances are that your lenses and frames are made by two companies that control the global market.

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10 Beloved Animals From Ancient History. Their monuments have lasted thousands of years.

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For a Brief, Glorious Moment, Camera-Wielding Pigeons Spied From Above
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For a Brief, Glorious Moment, Camera-Wielding Pigeons Spied From Above. Julius Neubronner lost a pigeon and developed avian photography.

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How Many Nukes Would It Take to Send the Earth Spiraling Off Into the Sun? More than we have now, but we can still easily destroy ourselves.

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11 Exercises That Will Strengthen Your Attention. Building useful habits will make you more observant.

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A Classic Animated Film That Explores What Happens When No One Dares to Stand Up to Evil. The Hangman from 1964 illustrates a poem by Maurice Ogden.

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The Extraordinary Life of Martha Gellhorn, the Woman Ernest Hemingway Tried to Erase. She was the only woman on the beach at Normandy during the D-Day invasion.

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Dirty, Dishonest, and Badly Behaved: Sophia Jarvis, Victorian Maid. Did she stand a chance in court against her abusive employer?

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8 Questionable Decisions People Have Made to Keep Playing Pokemon Go. Two years later, it's hard to understand the mania that surrounded the game.

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