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Uncovering the Secrets of In-N-Out

Jill Harness

If you have ever lived in California, you probably understand the true magic that is an animal-style In-N-Out double double.

Failed Utopia: Koreshan Unity Settlement

Chris Higgins

Cyrus Teed was a bit of a kook. Born in 1839, he became an eclectic physician and established a laboratory in which he carried out alchemical and electrical experiments.

Initials That Meant More Than They Realized

Ethan Trex

In 2010, New York City's Metropolitan Transit Authority announced that it would be rearranging some of its subway signs because they resembled a slightly naughty bit of internet slang.

Brain Game: Not Far from the Madden Crowd

I'm really looking forward to the 2010 NFL season as a much-needed distraction to end each week's long grind.

What's Wrong With Meh?

Ransom Riggs

"Meh" quietly entered our lexicon back in the early 2000s, when The Simpsons began to use it on a semi-regular basis.

Morning Cup of Links: The Next Picasso

Colin Patrick

The late night talk show drama earlier this year made a lot of people pine for the days of Johnny Carson.

The Number of the Day: 1,943

Jason English

With a depth of 1,943 feet, Oregon's Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States. Related Fact: According to Wired, Crater Lake was first measured in 1886 using a crank and piano wire

The Late Movies: Solar Eclipses

Chris Higgins

I've personally only seen solar eclipses in the classroom, generally using complex pinhole projection devices designed to keep little-kid eyes safe.

The Quick 10: 10 Awesome Ways to Quit Your Job

Stacy Conradt

I've never been a flight attendant, but I have worked retail, which must be almost as infuriating.

Design Baby Clothes, Win Shel Silverstein Book

Jason English

The book we're giving away today is Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein. Here's how you can win a copy: Come up with a great slogan for a mental_floss jumper.

Dietribes: Corn on the Cob

Allison Keene

"¢Â The miracle of corn (that a wild grass that is barely able to reseed could be so domesticated, and so dominant) is mostly a Western one.

8 Theme Park Rides I Wouldn't Wait in Line For

Kenny Gould

There are many places I want to visit in my lifetime: Paris, Australia, and Montreal, just to name a few. All of these places have attractions I would like to see.

Meet Kevin, the World's First Cyborg

Ransom Riggs

I know what you're thinking -- Kevin? But professor Kevin Warwick is the real deal, or as real as it gets in this early-21st-century version of cybernetics.

At the Libraries: Reshelving 25,000 Books

Miss Kathleen

Every week, Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of library-related items.

Why Shatner Stole Nimoy's Bicycle

Chris Higgins

On December 6, 1991, Leonard Nimoy tried to demonstrate to a roomful of people that William Shatner was a mean human being. What was Shatner's offense? He stole Nimoy's bike.

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