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How to Make Your Own Sliding Puzzle

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As a kid, I loved sliding puzzles—moving tiles around to line up rows of numbers or reassemble a photo was an excellent brain-teaser. As these games became computerized, they seemed to lose a little of their magic; sure, you can click around to "slide" the pieces, but where's the fun in that?

In this vintage clip from Curiosity Show, we learn how to make your own physical sliding puzzle at home. (Incidentally, there are also plenty of sites devoted to digital ones online.) The only problem with this clip is that it relies on a Kodak slide box to contain the puzzle...and Kodak no longer makes slide film. Plus, even if they did, you probably don't have these boxes lying around. You'll want to figure out a decent substitute "shallow, square, box-like object" depending on what you've got around. In my house, a square tissue box (cut out so just the bottom bit remains) is a reasonable option, as are many boxes from electronics (the Apple Airport Extreme comes in a very sturdy square box).

Gather the kids around, figure out what you want to turn into a slide puzzle, and enjoy:

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The Secret Procedure for the Queen's Death
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The queen's private secretary will start an urgent phone tree. Parliament will call an emergency session. Commercial radio stations will watch special blue lights flash, then switch to pre-prepared playlists of somber music. As a new video from Half As Interesting relates, the British media and government have been preparing for decades for the death of Queen Elizabeth II—a procedure codenamed "London Bridge is Down."

There's plenty at stake when a British monarch dies. And as the Guardian explains, royal deaths haven't always gone smoothly. When the Queen Mother passed away in 2002, the blue "obit lights" installed at commercial radio stations didn’t come on because someone failed to depress the button fully. That's why it's worth it to practice: As Half as Interesting notes, experts have already signed contracts agreeing to be interviewed upon the queen's death, and several stations have done run-throughs substituting "Mrs. Robinson" for the queen's name.

You can learn more about "London Bridge is Down" by watching the video below—or read the Guardian piece for even more detail, including the plans for her funeral and burial. ("There may be corgis," they note.)

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Shucking oysters doesn't have to be intimidating. Chef Dave Seigal of Cull & Pistol Oyster Bar teaches Mental Floss the proper technique for safe and easy oyster shucking. 

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