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19 Things You Might Not Know About California

Amanda Green

You say it's your birthday? It's California's birthday, too. On September 9, 1850, it became the 31st state in the Union.

Why Do the Chinese Farm Cockroaches?

Matt Soniak

How Stop Motion Animation is Made

Chris Higgins

How to Lift a Car in a Pinch

Normally, if you need to lift a car, your best bet is a jack.

5 Questions: Give Me "Lib"erty

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10 Things That Have "Rained" From the Sky

Will McGough

We’re all familiar with the phrase “raining cats and dogs,” but what about fish and frogs and raw meat?

Last Week's Most Popular Stories

Jason English

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

Lesser-Known Weapons of World War II

Jill Harness

World Leader or NFL Placekicker?

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Garrett Hartley of the Saints isn't the first kicker whose name sounds presidential (or Prime Minister-y). Can you distinguish between the pro kickers and the world leaders?

Weekend Links: Literal Metaphor Stock Photos

Roma Panganiban

A Poignant "PowerPoint Culture" Video

Chris Higgins

10 Technologies We Stole From the Animal Kingdom

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People have been lifting ideas from Mother Nature for decades. Velcro was inspired by the hooked barbs of thistle, and the first highway reflectors were made to mimic cat eyes.

Weekend Links: A Poet’s Proper Goodbye

Roma Panganiban

Did They Play College Football?

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Let's see if you can tell which of these famous people were on the football team in college.

More Secret Passageways and Hidden Rooms

Jill Harness

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