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Brain Game: An Empty Bag?

Today, the mentalfloss.com Brain Game brings you Think Thursday. The end of the week is near! What does the following clue represent? B A L L O _ Here is the ANSWER.

Morning Cup of Links: High Five!

Miss Cellania

Today is National High Five Day! Do you know how the High Five came about? * 13 Delicious Recipes Using Cadbury Creme Eggs (with links to each).

The Late Movies: SHEEZER, Canada's All-Female Weezer Tribute Band

Chris Higgins

Sometimes you come across something so wonderful that you have to share it with the world. Tonight it's Sheezer, the all-female Toronto-based Weezer tribute band.

The Perverse Life of a Fig Tree

Jill Harness

For most people, figs are little more than a tasty source of nutrients.

Radiolab Presents Symmetry

Chris Higgins

Radiolab is back with another excellent video, produced by Everynone (click that link to view a bunch of similar videos).

Skydiving in Slow Motion

Ransom Riggs

It's hard to describe what skydiving is like to someone who's never tried it (though I attempted to a few years ago), because before you've actually taken the plunge, all you can imagin

Brain Game: One Among Billions

Wednesday Wordplay is bustin' out all over here at the mentalfloss.com Brain Game.

Morning Cup of Links: Sunspot Birth

Miss Cellania

Acne is a peculiarly human problem that might have been caused by the loss of our ancient ancestor's body hair.

How 15 Tech Companies, Sites and Gadgets Got Their Names

Rob Lammle

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The Quick 10: 10 Things You Didn’t Know Had Names

Adrienne Crezo

1. You know how it smells after it rains? That clean, greenish smell when rain lands on dry ground? That’s petrichor, from the Greek petra (stone) and ichor (the blood of Greek gods and goddesses).

The Late Movies: Sweet Valley High

Erica Palan

California girls Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield are identical twins with opposite personalities. Jess is popular and a little mischievous, while Liz is intelligent and innocent.

Why Do Fake Phone Numbers Start With 555?

Ethan Trex

As soon as an actor in a movie or TV show starts rattling off a phone number, every viewer knows what the first three digits will be. How did “555” become the convention for fake phone numbers?

"The Curators": Who Runs Online Museums?

Chris Higgins

I've enjoyed The Museum of Online Museums for years -- it's full of amazing collections of odd things. I even linked to one of the collections back in 2007.

Strange Geographies: Abandoned Belgium, Part I

Ransom Riggs

I recently spent eight days traveling around the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg, though explaining why I went is a bit complicated.

10 Variations On Our March of Progress

Miss Cellania

The March of Progress is the name of a 1965 illustration by Rudolph Zallinger for the Time-Life book series Life Nature Library, specifically for the volume entitled Early Man.

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