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The Bug That Wears Its Victims Like Armor

Jill Harness

With a name like the assassin bug, you can be sure this is one tough insect.

5 Questions: "-x" Marks the Spot

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5 Pop Culture Apocalypse Scenarios and How They Might Happen

David W Brown

Since the earliest days, humankind has pondered the end of the world. We’ve imagined messianic judgment days, cataclysmic comets, hyperspace bypasses, and Mega Maids.

Weekend Links: The Best Author-On-Author Insults

Allison Keene

From James, a stunning flash mob.

Every Space Shuttle Launch in One Video

Chris Higgins

NASA's Space Shuttle program (formally known as the "Space Transportation System" or STS) saw 135 launches, beginning in 1982.

What Is Greenwich Mean Time?

Matt Soniak

In south London, at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, it’s possible to walk up to a metal strip running along the ground in a courtyard and, stepping over it with one foot, straddle the world.

Last Week's Most Popular Stories

Jason English

In case you weren't obsessively refreshing mentalfloss.com all week, here's what you

This is What 10,500,000 Firecrackers Looks Like

Chris Higgins

This is the time of year when I trot out the time-honored tradition of complaining about my neighbors' late-night disposal of leftover fireworks.

7 Political Disagreements Settled With Fists and Hair-Pulling

Haley Sweetland Edwards

Anyone with even a fleeting relationship to political news these days has probably noticed that partisan bickering in the U.S.

Weekend Links: 88 Books That Shaped America

Allison Keene

The Library of Congress has chosen 88 books that shaped America, do you agree with their choices? They are willing to take your suggestions as well!

Why Don't Spiders Get Stuck in Their Webs?

Matt Soniak

Image credit: StockbyteWhen a bug flies into a spider web, the game is over. It’s almost instantly stuck, and a sitting duck for the web’s owner.

The Late Movies: Light Sabers for Everyone!

Miss Cellania

With modern software like Adobe After Effects, anyone can have a light saber!

At the Libraries: The Dreaded Summer Reading List

Miss Kathleen

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

The Missing Links: Andy Warhol's Eatery Dream

Colin Patrick

Sorting Out Phony Pinterest Posts This week, my talented wife made these awesome patriotic strawberries that she found on Pinterest. But it turns out not all amazing Pinterest finds are possible.

Friday Happy Hour: Reader-Submitted Question Edition

Jason English

On Fridays, I usually ask a series of unrelated questions to spark conversation in the comments. But today I'm taking a half-day and my kids are demanding a trip to the boardwalk.