(8) Shigeru Miyamoto vs. (9) Alfred Hitchcock

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(8) Shigeru Miyamoto When it comes to video game pioneers, no one can quibble with Miyamoto's credentials.

(4) Mark Twain vs. (13) Yogi Berra

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(4) Mark Twain Scores of writers have spent their whole lives trying to pen The Great American Novel. Twain may have done it several times.

The Quick 10: 10 Facts About Harry Houdini

Stacy Conradt

Had Houdini not succumbed to the ill effects of well-placed sucker punch, he would have been 135 this month. OK, even Houdini couldn't have pulled that one off.

The 5pm Quiz: Eliot, Dylan, Allen or Lincoln?

Brett Savage

T.S. Eliot, Bob Dylan, Woody Allen and Abraham Lincoln managed to succeed where lesser people have failed by maximizing their ability to connect and communicate with their audience.

(7) Stephen Colbert vs. (10) J.K. Rowling

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(7) Stephen Colbert America's favorite ultraconservative political commentator may appear on a comedy network, but he's seriously a genius.

(5) Samuel Morse vs. (12) Jonas Salk

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(5) Samuel Morse When you hear the name Samuel Morse, you probably think of him as the inventor of Morse code and the developer of the electric telegraph. But he was more than just an inventor.

(3) Blaise Pascal vs. (14) Robert Venturi

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(3) Blaise Pascal If it's possible to be considered a genius and still be underrated, Pascal pulls off the trick.

(6) Pythagoras vs. (11) Albert Schweitzer

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(6) Pythagoras "A-squared plus B-squared equals C-squared!" You can't even read his name without the equation running through your head, can you?

(2) Plato vs. (15) P.T. Barnum

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(2) Plato Plato's record is another one that needs very little introduction. Student of Socrates. Mentor of Aristotle. Allegorist of caves. Writer of dialogues. Father of Platonic realism.

8 Things You Didn't Know About Jerry Falwell

Special Guest Star

We're excited to have author, journalist, and Brown University senior (he's still a senior!) Kevin Roose blogging with us this week.

Colbert Replaces Dickinson in Tournament of Genius

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The genius world was stunned today by allegations that noted poet Emily Dickinson has been using performance enhancing drugs in her quest to win mental_floss's 2009 "Tournament of Genius.&qu

Dan Ariely: Why People Cheat

Chris Higgins

Today I bring you a truly fascinating talk about irrationality and cheating. Dan Ariely was a burn patient, with burns over 70% of his body.

Curious, Bizarre & Storied State Symbols

David Clark

Almost everyone knows that each state of the Union has its own flag.

Brain Game: Hey, Boo Boo!

Yogi Bear is smarter than the average bear, but he is a bear, and bears typically have four feet.

Our New Isms

David K. Israel

When it comes to isms, Ferris Bueller, not Trotsky, probably has the most memorable line: "-Ism's in my opinion," he said, "are not good.