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Brain Game: Hedera helix

Good luck with today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Think Thursday challenge: What's the only U.S.

Morning Cup of Links: Binary Proposal

Miss Cellania

Beautician Debbie Benton was murdered, and there is more than one suspect.

The Late Movies: Jonathan Coulton's "Artificial Heart"

Chris Higgins

Jonathan Coulton is an internet treasure: he makes heartfelt, fun, and often funny music -- most of which is available in some legitimately free form online.

Which Came First: Orange the Color or Orange the Fruit?

Matt Soniak

Reader Erica wrote in with a question about oranges. Is the fruit named for its color, or is the color named for the

Weird, Wonderful and Terrible Movies You'll Never See

Jill Harness

If you're a regular mental_floss reader, you might remember Eddie's article about The Day The Clown Cried, the lost Jerry Lewis film.

Is Flipping a Coin Really a 50-50 Proposition?

Ethan Trex

Flipping image via ShutterstockDon't bet on it. In 2004, three statisticians from Stanford and UC Santa Cruz set out to test the classic coin flip.

Are Red Lights the New Commercial Breaks?

David K. Israel

Commercial breaks are so pre-TiVo, right?

Dietribes: Bloody Mary

Allison Keene

• So what exactly is in a Bloody Mary?

How Robots Make Sense of Our World

Chris Higgins

Robot Readable World is a short film assembling footage from computer vision experiments -- in other words, "what robots see" as they look at video footage.

19 Famous People Who Started as Extras

Eddie Deezen

These people all made one or more appearances as movie extras before going on to bigger and better things.

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!

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