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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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Manta Rays, the Ocean’s Peaceful Giants
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Swim With Manta Rays, the Ocean’s Peaceful Giants. They can grow to 25 feet wide and resemble underwater flying saucers.

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Why ordering from the kids menu is harmful to children. They've changed from smaller portions of adult entrees to bland but safe options for picky eaters.

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22 Facts About Ernest Hemingway. He led an extraordinary, although too short, life.

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A Newly Discovered Diary Tells the Harrowing Story of the Deadly Halifax Explosion. It's believed to be the only same-day account from an eyewitness to the disaster that left 2000 people dead.

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Drug Expiration Dates May Be More Myth Than Fact. A stash of medicines was found to be effectively potent decades after they were made.

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Downtown Atlanta’s Lost Psychedelic Theme Park. The World of Sid and Marty Krofft was as weird as their TV shows.

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Malloy the Invincible. In 1932, a gang of killers bought insurance on a homeless drunk, but then found out he was harder to kill than Rasputin.

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Why Are Baseball Games Nine Innings Long? Believe it or not, that number actually shortened the game.

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The ‘Papasan’ Chair
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Tracing the Elusive History of Pier 1’s Ubiquitous Papasan Chair. The design has a particularly murky history, with many accounts of how and where it was originated.

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If Earth Was 50 Percent Larger, We Might Be Stuck Here. As it is, escaping the Earth's gravity is the hardest part of space travel.

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How Cellophane Changed the Way We Shop for Food. And made color its most important feature.

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One of the most common questions in American small talk is considered rude in much of the world. Don't ask a French person what they do for a living.

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What is the worst non-living thing you could put into a microwave? The Slow Mo Guys found it: an automobile airbag.

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As Paperwork Goes Missing, Thousands of Private Student Loan Debts May Be Wiped Away. Some debts purchasers did not learn to avoid the documentation mistakes of the mortgage crisis.

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Against Home Runs. Fans love them, but too many can ruin the game as a whole.

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12 Strange, Yet Beautiful Fruits & Vegetables. Keep your eye out for these and you might find your new favorite food.

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