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Your Comprehensive Guide To Everything That’s Going Impossibly Wrong At The Sochi Winter Olympics. Toilet problems are nothing compared to worrying about getting out alive.
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Don’t You Dare Call Russians Thin-Skinned! Criticism of the Sochi Olympics doesn’t go over well in a land where taking offense is a national pastime.
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An Internet guide to Olympic figure skating fandom. The key word to remember is “drama.”
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A powerful Scotch whisky ad from South Africa wins a gold star from me. You may feel touched by it, but the ending is a real kicker.
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27 Weird And Creepy Vintage Valentine’s Day Cards. Are these meant as double entendres, or is it just your dirty mind?
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Watch a toddler experience rain for the first time. No fear, just infectious joy that will brighten your day.
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How did Americans manage to lose $119 billion gambling last year? Here are five reasons, which may work in combination to get people hooked.
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Today marks seven years since I began working at mental_floss. Here is the very first list I posted.

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Morning Cup of Links: San Diego Comic Con News
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The Biggest San Diego Comic-Con 2017 Stories. The latest updates from every pop culture universe.

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Freedom Ride: a glimpse into the experiences of one group of the Freedom Riders of 1961.

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"Dude, where's my car?" Parents take to Craigslist for help after ‘doofy’ son loses car at Metallica show.

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Scientific Journals Publish Bogus Paper About Midi-chlorians from Star Wars, a reminder that not all journals use peer review or even proofreaders.

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Puzzlewood, Tolkien’s Inspiration for Middle-earth. The peaceful, green, 14-acre section of Gloucestershire is truly inspirational.

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How to Turn Your Used Electronics Into Cash. Read the comments, too, for the experiences of people who have used these methods.

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The Accent Whisperers of Hollywood. An influx of global acting talent must be taught to passably sound like Americans.

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Are You Bold Enough to Play Motorcycle Soccer? It's one of several sports mash-ups involving motorbikes.

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Always Wear a Helmet
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Powerful photos to remind you to always wear a helmet.

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In 1838, Missouri witnessed the “Missouri Mormon War.” It was the first of three armed conflicts before the Mormons found their home.

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Hippies, Guns, and LSD: The San Francisco Rock Band That Was Too Wild For the Sixties. The Charlatans were ahead of their time, but flamed out fast.

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Six "Common" Medical Conditions That Don't Actually Exist. Some of them were only named in order to sell you a cure.

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Remembering Hair-Raising Landings at Hong Kong’s Kai Tak Airport. Landing on runway 13/31 was so terrifying, the procedure was called the Kai Tak Heart Attack.

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The Scariest Rides At The Fair, Ranked By An Anxious Man. Mark Shrayber is terrified of carnival rides, yet he can't help but try them.

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The 100 Greatest American Cooks of All Time. Many of the cooks on the list have a full article about them linked, which could keep you busy for some time.

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12 charming coastal towns to visit this summer. Get away from the crowds of tourists for a relaxing getaway.

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11 Fashion Trends of World War I. With the men away fighting, women went for comfort as well as style.

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