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14 Classic Distractions for the Internet Newcomer

Miss Cellania

Every once in a while, I run across an old article, video, or link of some kind and think, "Oh yeah, that was awesome!

Why Are Traffic Lights Red and Green?

Matt Soniak

Red and green images via ShutterstockThe very first traffic light, installed outside the Houses of Parliament in London in December 1868, had red and green gas lamps for nighttime use.

Four Years Before Women Had the Right to Vote, Jeannette Rankin Was Elected to Congress

Matt Soniak

In 1916, four years before the Constitution recognized her right to vote, Jeannette Rankin was elected to Congress. While women had not achieved suffrage across the U.S.

Your Partner for Mushroom Processing on an Industrial Scale

Chris Higgins

Havatec makes, among other things, massive industrial machinery for processing mushrooms.

Brain Game: Flag Day

It's Flag Day here in the United States, so today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Think Thursday challenge tests your knowledge of Old Glory. Good luck! An official U.S.

Morning Cup of Links: Bizarre Schools

Miss Cellania

A team from Utah State University won an Air Force competition by building a device to climb walls.

5 Questions: Bedding IV: Hit the Sheets

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World War I Centennial: Breaking Up DuPont

Erik Sass

Installment #21: The turn of the century was a time of upheaval in the American economy, as powerful corporations formed during the latter half of the 19th century came under fire from populist politi

The Late Movies: "TableTop," Wil Wheaton's Boardgame Show

Chris Higgins

So Wil Wheaton has a YouTube show about boardgames, and it's awesome.

The Missing Links: TV & Food

Colin Patrick

Today's edition of The Missing Links contains TV and food. And that's pretty much it.

5 Great Things With Unexpected Downsides

Kathy Benjamin

Every cloud has a silver lining. We hate to rain on your parade, but it seems the opposite is true, too. Here are five allegedly good things that aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. 1. Being

Rejected Designs for the Great Seal of the United States

Jonathan Mulinix

This month marks the 230th anniversary of the adoption of the Great Seal of the United States, which is most often seen on the back of the $1 bill.

What’s That Red Stuff Airplanes Pour on Wildfires?

Sandy and Kara

MARIO ANZUONI/Reuters/LandovWater is the key ingredient in the mixture.

Dietribes: I Can Haz Cheeseburger

Allison Keene

• Various dictionaries trace the first mention of the hamburger to 1889 as a "hamburg steak." Or was it 1884 in the Boston Journal?

11 Fictional Works of Art (in Other Works of Art)

Maggie Ryan Sandford

From the film in Infinite Jest to Margot's plays in The Royal Tenenbaums, here's a look at some famous fictional masterpieces. 1.