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Name the Most Popular Indo-European Languages

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One of my hobbies is—or was, before my daughter was born and I had infinite free time—learning foreign languages, usually just to the conversational level for use while traveling. Most of the time I stick to Indo-European languages, since they nearly all have a little bit in common with English. There are 12 languages in the Indo-European family with at least 50 million native speakers. How many can you name in 3 minutes?

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Exocannibals eat outsiders as a means of intimidation. Endocannibals eat members of their own kinship groups.

Exocannibals eat outsiders as a means of intimidation. Endocannibals eat members of their own kinship groups.

5 Questions: "Row" Your Boat

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The Berenstain Bears and the mental_floss Quiz

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The Berenstain Bears have had scores of adventures over the years, some more exciting than others. Can you tell the actual book titles from the ones we made up?

While the crew of Apollo 13 didn't get to make their scheduled Moon landing, they did set a record that still stands: they're the humans who traveled the furthest distance from the Earth (nearly 250,000 miles).

While the crew of Apollo 13 didn't get to make their scheduled Moon landing, they did set a record that still stands: they're the humans who traveled the furthest distance from the Earth (nearly 250,000 miles).

5 Questions: "Lash" Blast

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Dr. Seuss Quiz Part 2

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Calling all _flossy-sleuths who have a thing for Dr. Seuss! Think you know your Floob-Boober-Bab-Boober-Bubs from your Ham-ikka-Schnim-ikka-Schnam-ikka-Schnopp? Try this here Seussian quiz and see if you come out on top. It's Part 2 of our mini Dr. Seuss series!

The part of Rudy on <em>The Cosby Show </em> was originally written for a boy, but Keshia Knight-Pulliam gave such a strong audition that she was cast in the role.

The part of Rudy on The Cosby Show was originally written for a boy, but Keshia Knight-Pulliam gave such a strong audition that she was cast in the role.

5 Questions: Woodward Dream Cruise I: Ford

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Name the Countries in the Epcot World Showcase

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According to Disney's website (and the memories of various members of the mental_floss staff), there are 11 countries featured in the Epcot World Showcase. Can you name them all in 2 minutes?

Since weightlessness causes the spine to expand and straighten, astronauts may measure up to two inches taller in space than they do on Earth.

Since weightlessness causes the spine to expand and straighten, astronauts may measure up to two inches taller in space than they do on Earth.

5 Questions: Frog, Man

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The Chinese Zodiac

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In the Chinese Zodiac, each calendar year is assigned a (real or fictional) animal as its symbol. You may have seen such lists on placemats at Chinese restaurants. Can you identify all 12 of these creatures in only three minutes? Good luck!

The first bumper stickers appeared prior to World War II and usually promoted political candidates. At that time, they weren’t adhesive-backed; they were affixed to the car bumper with wire.

The first bumper stickers appeared prior to World War II and usually promoted political candidates. At that time, they weren’t adhesive-backed; they were affixed to the car bumper with wire.

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