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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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How Four Undergrads Got the Scoop on the Unabomber
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How Four Undergrads Got the Scoop on the Unabomber. When news outlets couldn't get to Montana in time, J-school volunteers went into action.

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Kottabos, the Ancient Greek Drinking Game. The skill involved was flinging wine from one's own cup at a target.

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An Acid Trip with Groucho Marx. Yeah, he did LSD. At age 77.

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How Creedence Clearwater Revival Became the Soundtrack to Every Vietnam War Movie. It's not only because those songs take you to that specific era.

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Owen KC Stephens tells a wonderful story about the time an elderly British couple wanted to learn how to play a Star Wars role-playing game. They didn't know what a role-playing game was, but they knew what they were doing.

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These Freaky Fish Can Turn Their Eyes Into Flashlights. The triplefin is tiny, but controls its own super power.

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Unauthorized Dwelling at Yale. Student Allan Kornfeld couldn't afford the dorm charges, so he lived in a campus ventilation shaft for his senior year.

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The Resistance Group That Battled Hitler With Words. The students who worked under the name White Rose paid dearly for their efforts.

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How Intelligent is the Alien Xenomorph?
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Just How Intelligent is the Alien Xenomorph? For a slimy, 8-foot insect, it had some canny strategies.

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Sharknado 6 Will Have Nazis and Noah's Ark, Which Seems Weirdly Predictable. Godwin's law should have come into effect long before the sixth film.

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Your Cortex Contains 17 Billion Computers. Our brains are much more complex than we've been told, and we have charts to explain them.

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Is This The Most Crowded Island In The World? A visit to Ilet a Brouee, a micro-sample of Haiti's unnatural history.

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Hilarious Guide To Dog Breeds That Will Help You Choose Your Next Dog. Comic artist Grace Gogarty captures the canine personalities you won't understand from mere pictures.

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Finding a Lost Strain of Rice, and Clues to Slave Cooking. Thought to be gone forever, a chef stumbled across a surviving crop of hill rice in Trinidad.

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29 Secrets Competitive Figure Skaters Will Never Tell You. But we found out anyway.

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This is What the Flu Does to Your Body. You feel like you've been hijacked, because that's exactly what's happening.

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