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Brain Game: Arthritis

Today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Wednesday Wordplay challenge is a word ladder.

Morning Cup of Links: Marshmallow Cannon

Miss Cellania

Should people be required to earn a GED to receive unemployment benefits?

World War I Centennial: More Guns and Ships for Germany

Erik Sass

Installment #4: After the Second Moroccan Crisis, as European leaders confronted the suddenly very real possibility of a continent-wide war, internal political tensions in Germany moved into the foreg

The Late Movies: California Raisins

Erica Palan

Sure, we were all psyched about the commercials before last weekend's Super Bowl, but will any of them spawn Emmy Award-winning TV specials?

Taylor Wilson at the White House

Jason English

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza Last summer we ran a profile of Taylor Wilson in mental_floss magazine. Today the kid was at the White House!

40 Years Ago, Iran Was Hit by the Deadliest Blizzard in History

Haley Sweetland Edwards

Blizzard image via Shutterstock Forty years ago this week, the deadliest blizzard on record ripped through the lower Caucasus and into Iran, where it left 4,000 people dead.

What Disneyland Looked Like in 1957

Chris Higgins

Disneyland opened in 1955. Just two years later, the film below was shot. This footage has been in the vault, so to speak, since then; it was just released by Todd J.

10 Excellent Bookstore Cats

Miss Cellania

Not all bookstores have cats: the big chains don't have cats, and some mom and pop stores keep their cats at home, so if you are allergic to cats, you can still find a place to browse for reading

Brain Game: Feel Like a Number

Put on your mathematical thinking cap and take the Tuesday Test Time challenge for today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game.

Morning Cup of Links: Osama+Zombie=Osombie

Miss Cellania

Nichelle Nichols talks about breaking barriers in television.

The Time We Found Pyramids on Mars

Calli Arcale

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Mars has long fascinated people. One of the few objects in the night sky to show a visible color and the only one that wandered, it was a natural draw.

"Simpsons" Creator Matt Groening's Dad Was Named Homer, and He Made Movies

Chris Higgins

Matt Groening created "The Simpsons," and as we all know, Homer Simpson is the patriarch of the family. Well, Homer was the name of Matt's dad too...but he wasn't a doofus.

Your Mom Is So Old the Babylonians Made Fun of Her

Colin Patrick

Some things are just purely human, it would appear.

This Snake Can Send You Back Through Puberty

Jill Harness

A lot of people are afraid of snakes and the fear makes total sense, even if most snake bites aren't lethal. As it turns out, they can actually send you back in time.

Feline Physics: Why Cats Can Survive Falls From Great Heights

Bill DeMain

Cat image via Shutterstock The other night, I watched a YouTube video featuring a woman standing on her bed, holding a cat upside down by its feet, then repeatedly dropping the cat onto the mattres

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