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Jason English

In case you weren't obsessively refreshing mentalfloss.com all week, here's what you

10 Non–Rock Stars Who Died at the Tragically Young Age of 27

Stacy Conradt

© Laurence Baker/Corbis On Saturday, Amy Winehouse passed away and became the latest member of Club 27—an exclusive club you don’t want to be in.

Lumosity: Train Your Brain


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Weekend Links: The World of Blind Photographers

Allison Keene

From link-finder extraordinaire Holly: New research suggests the way we recall facts now has been (surprise!) altered because of computers.

15 Wonderful Words With No English Equivalent

Bill DeMain

The Global Language Monitor estimates that there are currently 1,009,753 words in the English language. Despite this large lexicon, many nuances of human experience still leave us tongue-tied.

The Late Movies: Garden Produce

Miss Cellania

Personally, I am SO enjoying the bounty of a summer garden, eating the freshest and tastiest salads of the year, even though I am also looking at weeks of canning work.

5 Things You Didn't Know About Bryan Cranston

Ethan Trex

Actor Bryan Cranston finally made his triumphant return as Breaking Bad’s Walter White last week.

On the Money: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Coin Portraits

Matt Soniak

During America’s infancy, the government didn’t want to put President George Washington or any of the Founding Fathers on U.S. currency.

Now You Can Dial Your Own Telephone! (1954)

Chris Higgins

In this instructional AT&T film from 1954, host Susann Shaw explains how to dial your own telephone. This was, of course, to ease the transition from operator-assisted calls to dial service.

The Ubiquitous QR Code

David K. Israel

QR codes, or “quick response” codes, were invented more than 15 years ago in Japan as a way to track automobile parts in production.

Words and Phrases You Use Too Much

Jason English

On Fridays, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else's reply, whatever you want.

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

Woman in Speeding Car Fakes Labor Pains Police in New Zealand were chasing a car speeding at over 90 miles per hour, and were about to lay spikes in the road to stop it, when the driver stopped near

Brain Game: Just U and I

Here's today's Free-for-all Friday challenge at the mentalfloss.com Brain Game.

Hi from Comic-Con!

Ransom Riggs

Today I'm going to be signing copies of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children at San Diego's Comic-Con, so if you happen to be one of the happy mutants that managed to snag a tick

Morning Cup of Links: Meme Tats

Miss Cellania

Life in the Post Food-Surplus World. The globalization of food supplies makes one break in the chain a potential disaster. * Parenting, illustrated with crappy pictures™.