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Morning Cup of Links: Pet AT-AT

Miss Cellania

A recently identified portrait of William Shakespeare, if genuine, would be the only true likeness we have of The Bard. And it looks better than you'd expect.

Can You Buy a Space Shuttle? (And 7 More Shuttle FAQs)

Ethan Trex

Weather permitting, the space shuttle Discovery will take off from the Kennedy Space Center on Wednesday at 9:20 p.m.

The 5pm Quiz: TV Production Tags

Kara Kovalchik

Once upon a time, TV shows opened up in full screen (no ratings sticker, no "bug" at the bottom promoting another show); they had opening credits (complete with often-catchy theme songs); th

The Quick 10: 10 People Who Died on Their Birthdays

Stacy Conradt

Something about dying on your birthday seems very neat and tidy to me. Despite this, not many people seem to manage it. But here are 10 who did:1.

Brenda Laurel on Videogames for Little Girls

Chris Higgins

In this TED Talk from February 1998, Purple Moon founder Brenda Laurel asks: why aren't there videogames for little girls, when there are so many for little boys?

$50 Challenge Winner!

Andréa Fernandes

On March 8, we announced a $50 challenge.

How to Become Invisible

Be Amazing

Whether you're looking to start your own religion, swallow a sword, quit smoking, find Atlantis, buy the Moon, sink a battleship, perform your own surgeries, or become a ninja, our new book Be Am

Be Amazing ... the Movie!

Ransom Riggs

Longtime readers may recall a number of other films I've created for mental_floss, including Famous Last Words and Attack of the Parasites!

3 Renaissance Rascals Exposed!

Special Guest Star

This week we're lucky to have Elizabeth Lunday, author of Secret Lives of Great Artists: What Your Teachers Never Told You about Master Painters and Sculptors guest blogging with us.

Creatively Speaking: Charles Todd

David K. Israel

Our Creatively Speaking interview series continues today with not one, but two authors who go by the name Charles Todd.

Barbie, 50 Years Later

Miss Cellania

Barbie turns 50 today! Inventor Ruth Handler introduced the fashion doll at the American International Toy Fair on March 9th, 1959. The doll's full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.

Brain Game: The Cue Club

Today's Brain Game is easier than most, in somber memory of the hour that we lost over the weekend. I miss it already. You know, the games of golf and pool have a lot in common.

Morning Cup of Links: Marijuana Pepsi Jackson

Miss Cellania

The last imperial Chinese eunuch died in 1996. His life is the subject of book recently translated into English. (via Boing Boing) * The Rise and Fall of Nazi Dinosaurs.

A Tribute to Our Favorite Monkee

Kara Kovalchik

Former Monkee Peter Tork recently underwent surgery for Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma.

The First Time News Was Fit To Print: Conan, Laptops & Credit Default Swaps

Jason English

It's time for another edition of The First Time News Was Fit To Print, where we travel into the archives of The New York Times and find the first time the paper covered various subjects.

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