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Lectures for a New Year: We are Empathic Monkeys

Chris Higgins

In this RSA Animate presentation, economist Jeremy Rifkin discusses emerging research on empathy. It's a fast-paced, smart talk -- and it deals with the core question what is empathy?

Brain Game: Nation-L

A world map or globe might help you solve today's Tuesday Test Time challenge, but it'll still take some looking around to gather all five answers for today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game

Morning Cup of Links: Jedi Plot Holes

Miss Cellania

Apple’s Deal With the Devil.

12 Violinists Known for Something Else

Maggie Ryan Sandford

The violin is considered by many to be the thinking man’s instrument, famously played by the likes of Albert Einstein and Arthur Conan Doyle’s fictional genius Sherlock Holmes.

5 Crazy Ways People Amused Themselves Before Television

Kathy Benjamin

Before people had hundreds of channels, if they wanted to watch surgery or gawk at celebrity babies, they had to actually leave the house.

Star Wars, Remade With Dogs and Kids and Action Figures

Chris Higgins

Nearly two years ago I pointed to Star Wars: Uncut, a web project in which 473 people each contributed 15 seconds of footage for a remake of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.

An Update on SOPA, PIPA, and Last Week's Petitions

Chris Higgins

Last Wednesday (January 18), Wikipedia and other sites went dark in a protest of pending legislation before the US Congress.

A Tough Homecoming for War Veterans

The Week

Every so often, we'll reprint something from our sister publication, The Week. This is one of those

Who Were Fisher and Price?

David K. Israel

Last week’s post on the Fisher-Price Little People garage got us wondering: Who the heck were these guys, Fisher and Price?

Lectures for a New Year: Our Broken Educational System

Chris Higgins

This week I'll bring you the best RSA talks -- a series of lectures a bit like TED from the UK.

Brain Game: Math Square #106

You'll find the rare "double divide" in the middle horizontal row of the Monday Math Square for today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game.

Morning Cup of Links: ????!

Miss Cellania

Happy Chinese New Year! Welcome to the Year of the Dragon. * Star Wars Uncut is finally finished, and it's a real hoot!

Weekend Links: What If Recent Films Had Been Made Decades Earlier?

Allison Keene

For those who need new ways of insulting the rapscallions in your life, here are 10 charming words for nasty people to pepper your insulting tirades with. * Practically everything in print nowadays

25 Years Ago Today, Pennsylvania's Treasurer Shot Himself on Television

Mark Arminio

On this date in 1987, Pennsylvania Treasurer Budd Dwyer shot and killed himself during a televised press conference.

Last Week's Most Popular Stories

Jason English

In case you weren't obsessively refreshing mentalfloss.com all week, here's what you

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