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5 Mountains Deadlier Than Everest

Lauren Hansen

© Keren Su/CORBIS Hundreds of climbers have lost their lives trying to conquer Everest, including four last weekend. But the tallest mountain in the world is not actually the most lethal.

At the Libraries: Life-Changing Book Characters

Miss Kathleen

Each week Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books.

Neil Gaiman's Commencement Speech on Creative Careers

Chris Higgins

"Nothing I did, where the only reason for doing it was the money, was ever worth it except as bitter experience. Usually I didn't end up getting the money either.

Ten Tetris Treats

Miss Cellania

Some people play with their food, while others make a game out of cooking -literally!

Brain Game: Tweet?

Today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Think Thursday challenge is a "quickie." Good luck: What four-letter English word for a particular type of animal has no rhyme? Here is the ANS

Track Listing: Numerical Edition

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I'm throwing another party and need help with my playlist, which is numerically themed this time. I'll give you snippets of lyrics from a song that refer to a number -- it's up to you to put them in numerical order.

And remember, I'm looking for the number referred to in the lyric, which may not be the same as one in the title of the song. So if a lyric hypothetically refers to the number 4, that's the number you want to use.

Morning Cup of Links: Scary Lego Monsters

Miss Cellania

A new line of Lego toys called Monster Fighters features vampires, mummies, and heroes who fight them.

What Do Snakes and Sticks Have to Do With Doctors?

Matt Soniak

If you’ve ever seen the World Health Organization or American Medical Association logo, or the “star of life” on the side of an ambulance, you might have wondered what a snake wrapped around a stick h

5 Questions: Snake Eyes

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What Made People Think Dewey Defeated Truman?

Kathy Benjamin

Truman isn’t just gleeful in that famous photo because he won the election, but because it was egg on the face of a paper he hated, the Chicago Tribune.

Why Do Beans Make You Fart?

Matt Soniak

Baked beans image via ShutterstockBeans, beans, the musical fruit. The more you eat, the more you toot. But don't blame your flatulence on the poor legumes directly.

The Late Movies: A Sushi's-Eye View

Chris Higgins

Kaiten-zushi is better known in the US as "conveyer-belt sushi" or a "sushi train." Sushi is placed on small plates, and the plates on a conveyer belt that runs around the restaur

What's Up With Those Green Potato Chips You Sometimes Find?

Matt Soniak

??Well, they're not dyed for St. Patrick’s Day. These are just from potatoes in which chlorophyll had started to form.

When Did the FBI Start Using “Wanted” Posters?

Matt Soniak

On a December night in 1919, a 23-year-old soldier named William N. Bishop managed to slip out of the stockade at Virginia’s Camp A.A. Humphreys and escape into the surrounding woods.

Does the Key to the City Actually Open Anything?

Stacy Conradt

LOUIS LANZANO/Landov The short answer: no.The long answer: Once upon a time, being presented with the key to the city served a real function.