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That One Time Abraham Lincoln Threw a Wedding Reception for Tom Thumb

Stacy Conradt

It’s a bit unbelievable to think that Barack Obama would hold a White House wedding reception for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, but something just like that happened almost 150 years ago when Abraham

Weekend Links: Swimming with 13 Million Jellyfish

Allison Keene

Who are the men behind the Man? Check out these great galleries that explore life inside the Secret Service.

Lunchtime Quiz Leftovers

Jason English

What Does a Poet Laureate Actually Do?

Haley Sweetland Edwards

Philip Levine, an American poet, was appointed this week to the poorly paid, less-than-powerful, yet somehow-still-lofty position of United States’ poet laureate, triggering a cacophony of questions f

The Late Movies: Law & Order

Miss Cellania

The TV series Law & Order caught on and spawned Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Law & Order: SVU.

Being John Malkovich...'s Face

Chris Higgins

So let's say you've got a webcam, some photos of a celebrity, and a Computer Science degree. Why not make a celebrity facial puppeteering system?

At the Libraries: Coolest Bookmobile Ever

Miss Kathleen

Time for another installment of book- and library-related

To Desalinate or Not To Desalinate?

Brett Savage

With incidents of severe water scarcity expected to rise substantially as the global population grows and fresh water supplies diminish, scientists are scrambling to come up with effective solutions t

7-Pound Purple Dumbbells and 14 More Gimmicky Heisman Campaigns

Scott Allen

Last month, the Northwestern athletic department garnered national attention when it shipped two 7-pound purple dumbbells to about 80 college football writers across the country.

The London Riots and 7 Other Things Blamed on Social Media

Allison Lex

© KERIM OKTEN/epa/Corbis As a result of the recent riots, British Prime Minister David Cameron has come forth and declared that social media is the enemy.

Geek-Jack

David K. Israel

A little shameless self-promo today... My son has started a series of video reviews for Wired's GeekDad blog. You can see the latest, a review of ThinkGeek's iCade, below.

What's So Great About 3D?

Ransom Riggs

It's easy to see why 3D is popular from a movie studio perspective: it allows theaters to charge fifteen bucks for a flick that would normally bring in just eight or nine (in LA prices, at least)

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

Church Brawl A Sunday evening brawl at the New Welcome Church in St. Elmo, Alabama, involved at least a dozen people and left one woman with a stab wound.

Brain Game: Zia

We wrap up another week with Free-for-all Friday here at the mentalfloss.com Brain Game. Give this question a try, and good luck! When viewed from the air, the grounds of which U.S.

Morning Cup of Links: Natural Birefringence

Miss Cellania

A three-part article follows a story of international adoption gone wrong. The upshot is that throwing money at a problem sometimes makes it worse.

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