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Brain Game: Really, Really Bad Rebus #13

Today's Brain Game is for both today and the Monday U.S. holiday, and you shouldn't need more of a hint than that.

Morning Cup of Links: When Good Science Goes Bad

Jason English

Miss Cellania is enjoying a well-deserved day off.

Celebrity Teachers on

Jason English

Ethan's piece on famous people who used to teach—including the stars of Rocky III—is currently climbing the charts.

The Quick 10: Nine Fallen Natural Landmarks (and One That's Stumbling)

Stacy Conradt

Forget about London Bridge "“ it seems that everything is falling down. When it comes to natural landmarks, at least, it seems that you'd better catch "˜em while you can.

$50 Challenge Winner: Congratulations, Allison Young!

Jason English

It took Allison Young all of five minutes to correctly answer the ten questions in our $50 Challenge. Congratulations! She's won a shopping spree in the mental_floss store.

How Abe Lincoln Failed and Failed...Before He Succeeded

Chris Higgins

Update: thanks to astute commenter Baby Friday, apparently a few of these items are bogus.

Funny/Weird Moments on Jeopardy!

Jason English

The World of Isaac has put together a collection of strange moments on Jeopardy!, like the one above in which a contestant faints during Final Jeopardy. I have you guys pegged as Jeopardy!

Shoeless, Yogi & Catfish? The Stories Behind 16 Athlete Nicknames

Ethan Trex

Floss editor extraordinaire Jason English recently found an interesting fact: Reggie Jackson's famous "Mr.

A Brief History of Closed Captioning

Scott Allen

Whether you've encountered its unmistakable white text on black background at the gym, in a bar, or on the couch, you're familiar with closed captioning.

What is a Mondegreen?

David K. Israel

Long before I ever knew what a mondegreen was, I used to think the lyrics of David Bowie's "Suffragette City" went like this: Hey man, oh leave me alone, you know Hey man, oh Henry,

8 Attention-Grabbing Soaps

Miss Cellania

At one time, soap was soap. You had your choice of deodorant soap or moisturizing soap, and maybe a few different scents. Today, there is no limit to the creativity put into a simple bar of soap. 1.

Brain Game: The Yen of Ken

Today's Brain Game focuses on the preferences of a guy named Ken. Compare the four clues to see what the names have in common, and use that information to figure out the answer.

Morning Cup of Links: Mahna Mahna

Miss Cellania

How often does someone who draws super heros get to become one himself?  Comic strip artist Chris Weston suddenly saw the chance to use his skills to fight crime. Really.

The Quick 10: 10 First Lady Fashion Faux Pas

Stacy Conradt

Michelle Obama is both lauded and disparaged for her fashion choices, especially her recent decision to wear (gasp) shorts while riding Air Force One.

Je suis en Paris! 8 Things I Learned on Vacation

Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

Part of the reason I moved to England was so I would be able to more easily travel to other parts of Europe and the world.