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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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What Are Mercury's Mysterious Red Spots?
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What Are Mercury's Mysterious Red Spots? Data from the MESSENGER probe proves the tiny planet is more interesting than we ever knew.

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How Antonio Banderas Conquered His Fear of Playing Picasso. The role of his hometown hero was intimidating before now.

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What Kind of Town Elects a Cat as its Mayor? The kind of town Talkeetna, Alaska, is.

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Where the Amish Go on Vacation. A neighborhood in Sarasota, Florida, is the place for an annual respite from normal work.

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8 Serious Hollywood Scenes That Looked Hilarious Before CGI. Don't let a look behind the scenes ruin your suspension of disbelief.

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A Cat Walks Into a Deli ... And the clerk helps him select a choice cut of meat.

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How Charles Dickens Imagined a Westworld-like Robot Theme Park Back In 1838. The Mudfog Association proposed using automatons to provide immersive entertainment.

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The Jewish Psychic Who Tricked Hitler. Erik Jan Hanussen was a master at manipulating gullible people, up to a point.

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These Celebrities Weren’t Dead When Their Obituaries Were Published
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These Celebrities Weren’t Dead When Their Obituaries Were Published. The erroneous reports gave us some enduring celebrity quotes.
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Looking Like a Flapper Meant a Diet of Celery and Cigarettes. For freedom-loving women of the Roaring Twenties, it was worth it to ditch the corset.

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7 Split-Second Movie Jokes You Totally Missed. Production designers know that only avid fans will ever find them on their own.

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Stories Behind 10 Of The Most Haunted Paintings In The World. You don't want to spend too much time staring at them.

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What Would A Guitar Sound Like If You Played 37 Guitar Pedals All At Once? Samuraiguitarist Steve Onotera decided to find out.

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Eddie Putera Recreates People’s Childhood Memories With Realistic Dioramas. His attention to detail is a real delight.

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The Hidden Dangers of Flexible Work Hours. When you can work any time, you risk ending up working all the time.

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38 Facts About Shakespeare’s 38 Plays. We are still learning about them 402 years after his death.

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