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The Weekend Links

Jason English

Allison Keene is off today, but will return next Saturday. Give her a head start on her link-gathering by sending your most fabulous web gems to

Debate Prep

Jason English

In case you're looking to kill some time before tonight's Presidential debate, here are some of the stories we've run during this extended campaign season: 1.

My Sleep Apnea: The Beginning

Chris Higgins

It's time for a new occasional feature! Rejoice!

Guitar Lessons? Anyone? Anyone? [UPDATE!]

David K. Israel

We asked, you commented, we listened. Tune in this coming Monday for the first in a series of mental_floss guitar lessons. First episode: Buying Your First Axe. Thanks for speaking up! See you

Friday Happy Hour: Lightning Round

Jason English

This week I thought we'd do a lightning round of questions from previous Happy Hours, plus name the winners of last Friday's Create Your Own Holiday contest.

The Quick 10: 10 Sleep Snippets

Stacy Conradt

I'm struggling today, you guys. I can barely keep my eyes open. All I can think about is getting home and closing my eyes for a few minutes.

How Did You Know? - {day 5}

David K. Israel

If you've made it this far, I commend you! One more puzzle to solve and you're home free.

Financial Crisis Comics

Ransom Riggs

What's so funny 'bout bailouts and bank failures?

How Real is Reality TV? The Dishy Revelations Behind "Real" Shows

Kara Kovalchik

Reality TV isn't always real? The devil you say.

Answers to Today's '5 Questions'

The script for our daily quiz is acting up today; we're working to get it fixed. If you took the "5 Questions" quiz and couldn't reach the answers, here they

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

Ping Pong Balls Save Toddler's Life 2-year-old Mackenzie Argaet of Australia was born with biliary artresia. Her liver developed cirrhosis and she received a liver transplant.

Brain Game: I Lettered at State

Okay, I didn't really earn a letter at State. I lettered in high school, but only in journalism.

Morning Cup of Links: Fermented Horse Milk

Miss Cellania

Metaphors of the Mind: Why Loneliness Feels Cold and Sins Feel Dirty. Also contains some observations about creativity and self-identity.

Cursing God: Mark Rothko

Andréa Fernandes

Today marks the 105th anniversary of the birth of Mark Rothko (1903-1970), a Latvian-American artist who believed "pictures must be miraculous." In honor of Rothko, and at the request of re

A Brief History of Stadium Naming Rights

Ethan Trex

Purist fans decry corporate stadium naming-rights deals as another step in the crass commercialization of sports.