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Ghostwritten Essays and the Problem of Cheating

Ransom Riggs

My father-in-law is a college professor. He teaches English and Drama, and in his many years behind the podium, he's seen -- and caught -- just about every form of cheating you can imagine.

When Pigs Fly

Miss Cellania

"When pigs fly" is a term we all know that brings up a ridiculous picture. The phrase is akin to "when hell freezes over", meaning that something is not liable to happen -ever.

The LIFE Archives

Allison Keene

In 2008, the folks at LIFE got together with Google and made their extensive photo archives available to anyone browsing Google

Brain Game: Saved by the Bell

By changing one letter at a time to form different English words, and leaving all other letters in their original positions, convert BOXER into PUNCH in the fewest steps possible.

Morning Cup of Links: TV Geography

Miss Cellania

This guy makes a good living writing custom papers for college students, from admissions essays to graduate theses. Is this cheating or just another way to get ahead?

Over-the-Top Product Placements

Jason English

I'm not anti-product placement.

The Late Movies: Nerd Songs by Hank

Ransom Riggs

You guys may or may not know Hank Green -- 1/2 of the video-blog YouTube phenomenon Vlogbrothers, and the brother of John Green, novelist and former flosser.

The Quick 10: Pam Anderson: Literary Genius (and Nine Other Celeb Authors)

Stacy Conradt

It seems like once you're a celebrity, you can pursue any venture you want to whether you have the talent for it or not (Lauren Conrad, anyone?).

5000 Years of Board Games (Part One)

Keith Law

Board games — whether games of chance, skill, or a little of both — have been found in many human cultures dating back at least 5000 years.

Act Quick: Chicago Trivia Show tickets are moving fast!

Mangesh & Jason

Hey, Chicago Flossers: Just a quick reminder that we're bringing the (not yet) award-winning Mental Floss Trivia Show to the wonderful Goose Island Wrigleyville on Nov. 21st.

Anti-Suicide Speech from "Pump Up the Volume"

Chris Higgins

In recent months, we've been reminded of teen bullying and suicide as a rising problem in the U.S. For example, I posted a Late Movies installment about the It Gets Better project.

The Cool History of the Slurpee

Rob Lammle

When President Obama commented that the Republicans were standing around drinking Slurpees while the Democrats were busy creating real change in Washington, it caused quite a storm.

Damn You, Autocorrect!

Ransom Riggs

My phone thinks it's smarter than I am. It has a nasty habit of twisting my words -- before I'm even done typing them -- into things that are radically different from what I meant to type.

Coca-Cola: Coupon Pioneers

Colin Patrick

In today’s world, it is pure, irritating routine to walk to the mailbox and be greeted with a smattering of coupons. But, that wasn’t always the case.

Can a Blood Test Diagnose Concussions?

Meghan Holohan

Ann McKee at Boston University School of Medicine examines the donated brains of former professional athletes to understand how repeated head injuries affect the brain.

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