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Each week Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books. If there's something noteworthy going on in your local library, leave us a

Rude and Petty Chatbots Talking to Each Other

Colin Patrick

The Cornell Creative Machines Lab works with chatbots – “machines designed to emulate the conversational abilities of humans, conversing with a human user and generally attempting to convince the user

The Haiku Trivia Contest!

Jason English

Let's do something a little different this week. Haiku Trivia! I've got a $50 mental_floss store shopping spree for the person who tells us the most amazing fact in haiku form.

Why Are Textbooks So Expensive?

Ethan Trex

It’s hard to make that first trip to the college bookstore for required texts without leaving with a bit of sticker shock. Why are textbooks so astonishingly expensive? Let’s take a look.

RSVP for Our Memphis Trivia Show/Pizza Party!

Mangesh Hattikudur

This year marks our 10th anniversary. To celebrate, Will and I are loading up the RV and taking the mental_floss Trivia Show on the road.

Dean Martin Hates The Beatles

Colin Patrick

When you hear about the arrival of The Beatles during the British Invasion of the mid-1960s the talk always centers on the rampant hysteria they inspired – the legendary premiere on The Ed Sullivan Sh

10 People Who Became Dog Toys

Jill Harness

Dog toys generally come in three designs: classic toys such as Frisbees and tennis balls, indestructible designs like the Kong line, and cute animals that are fuzzy or squeaky.

A Few Tech Tidbits

David K. Israel

Here are a few cool tech tidbits I recently discovered and wanted to share with my _flossers. 1. Gmail is Smarter than You The other day I was sending someone an e-mail with an attachment.

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

Marijuana Truck Spill A traffic accident in San Jose, California, led to a free-for-all. A truck crashed near Oakridge Mall around 1AM on Wednesday.

Brain Game: Half as Old as Now?

The Brain Game presents: Free-for-all Friday.

Morning Cup of Links: Ecto-Cooler

Miss Cellania

Ten Things Everyone Should Know About Time. Number 11: Time flies like an arrow.

The Killer Who Inspired Three Classic Horror Movies

Stacy Conradt

You’ve likely heard of Ed Gein. His house of horrors made headlines for years after he was sent to a mental hospital for his actions.

The Late Movies: Guess the Theme XIX

Mark Arminio

It's Thursday, meaning it's time once again time for our late crowd to GUESS THE THEME! All the clips below have something in common.

18 Famous TV Roles Originally Played by Someone Else

Stacy Conradt

Many popular TV shows would have been totally different had the executives stuck with the actors from the pilot

This Is Your Heart on Chocolate

Meghan Holohan

Mayans grew cacao trees in their backyards, blending the beans with vanilla, chili pepper, and achiote to make a bitter, spicy drink known as xocoalt.