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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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The Greatest Internet Recipe Comment of All Time
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The Story Behind the Greatest Internet Recipe Comment of All Time. It was about a brownie recipe, but it escalated quickly.

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Why Is America Losing Ground in the Contest to Grow the World’s Biggest Pumpkin? The largest of the season have been grown in Europe two out of the last three years.

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Sorry, Not Sorry: When Apologizing Makes Things Worse. Adding an apology to a rejection doesn't make you appear any better.

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Driving in Germany is Much Better than Driving in America. And, considering the size of Germany, there's a lot less of it.

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This Cosplayer Transforms Himself into Real Life Versions of Disney Heroes. Jonathan Stryker is a master at becoming a cartoon.

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How the Star Trek Punch Became the Worst Fight Move on TV. A Star Trek stunt coordinator explains why they continue to use the double-handed punch.

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23 College Secrets Your Professors Will Never Tell You. Unless you ask, which is one thing you should do.

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This Guide Will Help You Choose Your Apples Wisely. There's one for every taste and purpose.

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Game of Thrones Has Changed the Real World
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6 Ways Game of Thrones has Changed the Real World. Even those who don't watch it know the characters as cultural metaphors.

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The Only Thing Worse than Watching an Offensively Bad Comedy is Watching One You Supposedly Wrote. A.J. Via got a movie deal and lost all control of the finished product.

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To Fight Smallpox in the Spanish Colonies, King Charles IV Sent a Ship on a Vaccination Mission in 1803. The expedition included 22 orphans carrying the fresh vaccine in their bodies to keep it safe enough to last the voyage around the world.

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For Centuries, People Celebrated a Little Boy’s First Pair of Trousers. Once he was toilet-trained and could dress himself, he could become a real boy.

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What A Doctor Calls A Condition Can Affect How We Decide To Treat It. A familiar term carries a lot of baggage, while a new term will encourage patients to just follow doctor's orders.

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Ben Stiller's Never-Ending Midlife Crisis. His new movie Brad's Status is the fourth that explores that theme.

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Sir Arthur and the Fairies. After a thorough but flawed investigation, the Sherlock Holmes author believed the Cottingley Fairies were real.

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