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Morning Cup of Links: Pumpkin Shortage

Miss Cellania

Teachers often tell the story of how assassin Gavrilo Princip would not have been in shooting range of Franz Ferdinand that fateful day in 1914 if he hadn't stopped to buy a sandwich about the ti

USPS: The Quiz

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You've probably seen the news about the problems of our postal service. As a tribute to the dwindling mail department, here's a quiz dedicated entirely to the USPS.

5 Questions: Name Game: Don't Avoid the Lloyd

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The Late Movies: Doodling in Math Class

Chris Higgins

So let's say you're Vi Hart and you're doodling in math class, and you decide to dig into the math behind your doodles.

GeekJack on the Crayola Studio

David K. Israel

Like most kids, my son Jack loves drawing with Crayons. He also has an especial affinity for all things iPad/iPhone. So when we got wind of Crayola’s iPad app, we knew we’d have to give it a whirl.

Dietribes: Ice Ice Baby

Allison Keene

• "But ice is not a food!" you say? The U.S. and Canadian food codes beg to differ!

History's Worst Predictions

Jason English

Our friends at The Week recently added a pretty addictive feature to their site. The Bad Opinion Generator features some of history's worst predictions.

Obama Campaign Email Subject or Message From My Aunt?

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Does the following subject line come from an Obama campaign message or an email from my aunt?

Welcome to Bubbleland: Life on a Strange Little Chunk of Kentucky

Matt Soniak

For most of its journey from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico, the Mississippi River takes a pretty direct path. Sure, it zigs east here and zags west there, but nothing too crazy.

Our Natural Sleep Cycle

Chris Higgins

Here's a five-minute TED Talk in which Jessa Gamble talks briefly about how animals (including us) have natural sleep cycles.

Brain Game: Bread

Today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Wednesday Wordplay challenge is not an easy one. This word ladder took me eight steps to solve...

Morning Cup of Links: Face Swapping

Miss Cellania

The Dark Side of the Placebo Effect: When Intense Belief Kills. (via Metafilter) * The Pathology of the Unlucky Coke Mule.

The X-Files X-Posed

Rob Lammle

Television is a powerful medium. For example, a single word – "Flukeman" – can send a chill down the collective spines of an entire generation.

5 Questions: Name Game: It's Lou, Only Lou

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Yes, Virginia, There is a Punky Brewster

Stacy Conradt

Imagine getting a phone call out of the blue, informing you that someone you barely recalled had named a television character after you and wanted to give you royalties. Nice, right?

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