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How Jayne Mansfield Changed the Design of Tractor-Trailers

Stacy Conradt

Unlike Hedy Lamarr, who actually patented a “secret communication system” during WWII (though the idea wasn't ultimately tweaked and used until the 1906s), Jayne Mansfield didn’t create this prod

Brain Game: Pass the Pepto

Food sometimes makes you sick, but can you make food sick? You can with Wednesday Wordplay here at the mentalfloss.com Brain Game.

Morning Cup of Links: Painting with Skateboards

Miss Cellania

"Among all 90 belly buttons Dunn and his colleagues have studied so far, they have found 1400 species of bacteria, a number of which have never encountered on human bodies before." Carl Zimm

The Late Movies: Songs About Survival

Erica Palan

For most Americans, July 5th is torture.

Quick Question: Can You See This?

Jason English

One of our Southern California correspondents reports some images on our site aren't showing up for him. But they look fine here in the New Jersey satellite office.

Spies Like Us: Homing Pigeons

David K. Israel

So I'm trying something new this week: a theme! Every day this week I'll be writing about something that has to do with spying, spies, Harriet the Spy, etc.

Photography With Sparklers

Colin Patrick

You may have some leftover sparklers today. If so, don’t be so quick to chuck these underwhelming pyrotechnics mainstays in the garbage.

Yay! 4th of July Fireworks 2011!

Chris Higgins

For the fifth year running, software designer Cabel Sasser has gone down to his local fireworks retailer in Vancouver, Washington* and photographed the most insane fireworks boxes.

Stunning Salt Portraits

Colin Patrick

They say that it’s bad luck to spill salt. But, if you’re spilling it in order to turn it into amazing works of art, I’m sure it’s not nearly such a bad omen.

Enterprise: The First Space Shuttle

Miss Cellania

The very last launch of NASA's space shuttle program is scheduled for Friday, when Atlantis will begin mission STS-135. The 135th mission will end the shuttle program after 35

Amazing Facts, 140 Characters at a Time

Jason English

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7 Different Ways to Say Hello

Haley Sweetland Edwards

Greetings, earthling. People all over the world—from Albania to Zimbabwe, from Belarus to Vietnam—generally answer their phones using some variation on the standard “hello”: Hallo? Alo! Halo? A lô!

Skunk Cabbages Are So Hot

Jill Harness

Can a plant be warm blooded? Well, being as how they have no blood, the obvious answer is no.

Brain Game: The Too-Long Wheelbarrow

Three words are all you need to pass today's Tuesday Test Time.

Morning Cup of Links: Sea Monkeys

Miss Cellania

Bradley Manning’s Army of One. He's in jail for allegedly leaking military documents to Wikileaks, and everyone wants to know why. (via Boing Boing) * The Physics of Cheating in Baseball.

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