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That Time the U.S. and Britain Nearly Went to War Over a Pig

Dan Lewis

Dan Lewis runs the wildly popular daily newsletter Now I Know (“Learn Something New Every Day, By Email”). To subscribe to his daily email, click

Brain Game: Blue, Brown, and Red

The 2010 U.S. Census has provided source data for many of our puzzles, and today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Tuesday Test Time challenge is a prime example.

Morning Cup of Links: Naptime!

Miss Cellania

California experienced 300 earthquakes in one day. None were all that powerful, but what might come next? * The Best Of The Internet's Reaction To The Botched "Ecce Homo" Painting.

5 Questions: Don't Lose Your Marbles

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How Nixon's Trip to China Inspired a Great American Opera

the mag

by Seth Colter Walls Just 13 years after President Richard Nixon’s resignation, a heroic opera about him seemed like a sure flop. Today, it’s part of the global

The Late Movies: Celebrating Moldova's Independence

Andréa Fernandes

Today marks the 21st anniversary of Moldova's declaration of independence from the Soviet Union. What better way to celebrate independence than with pop music and rock 'n' roll?

The Missing Links: Weird Wikis

Colin Patrick

Happy 60th Birthday to Pee-wee Herman Paul Reubens, the man who plays everyone’s favorite eternal child Pee-wee Herman, is turning 60 years old today.

Curiosity's Landing - Best Video Yet

Chris Higgins

In this stunning video, we see the best view yet available of NASA's Discovery lander speeding towards the surface of Mars.

Name the Schools in the Big 12 in 1 Minute

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There are only 10 schools in the Big 12 Conference, which makes your job a little easier, but there are some new additions this season. Can you name all the Big 12 schools in 1 minute?

The Great Chicago Fire Wasn't Even the Biggest Fire That Day

Jill Harness

You've surely heard the story of the Great Chicago Fire (which wasn't really started by a cow).

8 Lovely Libraries in Australia and New Zealand

Jill Harness

We’ve covered Europe's, Asia's, Africa's, North America's and South America’s most beautiful libraries; now it’s time to take a look at Australia and, while it isn’t technically a

Brain Game: Math Square #135

Today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Monday Math Square challenge follows: Place the digits 1 through 9 in the white blanks so that the mathematical equations work both across and down.

Morning Cup of Links: Spider-Man at 50

Miss Cellania

Tropical storm Isaac is scheduled to hit Louisiana on the seventh anniversary of Katrina.

5 Questions: "Prima" Facie

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The 1927 U.S. Plan to Invade Canada

Dan Lewis

While the United States and Canada are friendly neighbors, things can change. And in 1927, the U.S. planned for just such a scenario.

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