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Win a Copy of Origins of the Specious

Jason English

Last May, we welcomed grammar legend Patricia T. O'Conner as a guest blogger. She has a new book out, and for today's Friday Happy Hour, we have two copies to give away.

10 Great American Animal Races

Mario Marsicano

Growing up in upstate New York, my dad and I would go to the Saratoga Races every August. There's nothing like watching your horse come around the final turn, battling for the lead.

You're Not As Hot As You Think You Are

Ransom Riggs

Ever wonder why people sometimes hate looking at photos of themselves?

5 Mentally Ill Monarchs

Martha Brozyna

Throughout history, kings and queens typically inherited their positions. Therefore, it's not surprising that some royals were not really up for the job.

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

Office Fridge Sends Seven to Hospital An office worker in San Jose, California decided to clean out the workplace refrigerator on Tuesday. The old food was taken out and placed on a table.

Brain Game: Really, Really Bad Rebus #9

Holy cow! It's been two months since we last offered a Really, Really Bad Rebus.

Morning Cup of Links: Looking for Aliens

Miss Cellania

The Cannes Film Festival is in full swing and runs through May 24th. Keep up with the festivities at the official site. * This is why you pay attention to warning signs.

Art-World Prodigy: Honoré Sharrer

Andréa Fernandes

Honoré Sharrer (1920-2009) passed away at age 88 a month ago, on April 17, but her death was only announced by her family last week.

The Late Movies: More Educational Programming

Mario Marsicano

Yesterday's educational clips seemed fairly popular, so I thought we'd try another round. Loripop asked for a Fargo North clip. Here he is with special guest, Big

mental_floss on CNN

Jason English

Embedded video from CNN Video Reggie Aqui & Naamua Delaney were kind enough to have me on CNN.com Live today to chat about some recent mental_floss stories.

The Quick 10: 10 Amazing Actresses in 10 Awful Movies

Stacy Conradt

This whole post started a couple of weeks ago when I was researching terrible movie moms. I came across the #1 spot on our list and was stunned that Bette Davis had stooped to such a movie.

5 Old School Medical Dramas

Kara Kovalchik

TV hits are cyclic. There will be a span of five years or so when, for example, medical dramas are all the rage.

How Interns Stole NASA's Moon Rocks

Chris Higgins

In 2002, a ragtag trio of NASA interns conspired to steal millions of dollars' worth of lunar rock samples from their secure storage vault.

5 Times Drug Companies Promised Too Much (Or Explained Too Little)

Ethan Trex

General Mills is in hot water with the Food and Drug Administration over the cereal giant's claims that Cheerios have been "clinically proven to lower cholesterol." To the FDA's

Awkward Family Photos

Ransom Riggs

Why is it that when we're at our most defenseless and socially awkward -- our early teen years -- so many pictures are taken of us?

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