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Why Does Everything Look Green Through Night Vision Goggles?

Matt Soniak

The characteristic green tint is by design, for a few reasons.

The Late Movies: Funny Weather

Miss Cellania

There's nothing funny about fires in Colorado and a heat wave across the United States. But maybe watching somebody else's forecast will make you feel better! Hot Enough For Ya?

The Missing Links: The Politics of Alien Invasions

Colin Patrick

In 1984, a 7th-Grader Wrote This Letter to President Reagan "Today my mother declared my bedroom a disaster area.

A Brief and Incomplete History of Launching Animals Into Space

Haley Sweetland Edwards

Pretty much ever since humans discovered flight, we’ve been strapping animals into our new devices just to see what would happen. Over the last 330 years or so, we’ve launched dogs, cats, chimps, m

Pencils Down: Scantron Inventor Michael Sokolski Has Died

Chris Higgins

(Modern Scantron test sheet; photo by Josh Davis, used under CC license.) We learned this week that Michael Sokolski, a soldier, engineer, and inventor of the Scantron, died on June 13.

Why Did People Wear Powdered Wigs?

Lucas Reilly

For nearly two centuries, powdered wigs—called perukes—were all the rage.

9 Baffling Movie Merchandise Tie-Ins

Cole Gamble

Every summer, movie season collides with merchandising mania to create a perfect storm of licensed nonsense.

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

Miss Holocaust Survivor Pageant Hava Hershkovitz was crowned Miss Holocaust Survivor in the first pageant of its kind last night in Haifa, Israel.

Brain Game: Darts

Try for a bull's eye with today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Free-for-all Friday challenge.

Morning Cup of Links: Worst Haircut Ever

Miss Cellania

How did the internet react to the Supreme Court's ruling on Obamacare? With memes and image macros, of course! * An Internet Family Vacation.

4 Intriguing Possibilities From Past VP Shortlists

Maggie Ryan Sandford

Until Mitt Romney names his running mate, you're going to be hearing a lot about potential vice presidents.

The Late Movies: Guess The Theme 60 (TV Show Edition)

Mark Arminio

It's Thursday, it's late, it's time once again for everyone's favorite game: GUESS THE THEME! All the following TV shows have something in common.

How Do Baby Birds Breathe Inside Their Eggs?

Matt Soniak

David De Lossy/ThinkstockYou might not realize it while you’re frying them sunny side up on a Sunday morning, but chicken eggs (and those of other birds, and reptiles) are some pretty sophisticated pi

At the Libraries: Books That Shaped America

Miss Kathleen

Each week Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books.

8 Clips of Morgan Freeman Being Awesome on The Electric Company

Stacy Conradt

Before he was driving Miss Daisy, helping Andy bust out of Shawshank or making gadgets for Batman, Morgan Freeman starred in the The Electric Company from 1971-1977. He was, of course, badass.