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The World's Only Analog Blogger

Ransom Riggs

As far as we know, a Liberian man named Alfred Sirleaf is the world's only analog blogger.

Brain Game: Math Square #83

Summer's here and the time is right for the Monday Math Square at the mentalfloss.com Brain Game! The nine white squares inside the main red grid should be filled with the digits 1 through 9.

Are Playgrounds Too Safe?

Jill Harness

Many of us grew up in an era when playgrounds were still risky fun. But playgrounds have become increasingly stripped of their potentially dangerous equipment.

Morning Cup of Links: How to Throw a Pie

Brian Abrams

Note: Miss Cellania is on vacation. Filling in this week, Brian Abrams! Make him feel welcome. A National Lampoon's Vacation reboot is in the works with Clark W.

Weekend Links: Smelly History

Allison Keene

Life is too short to fold fitted sheets … unless you watch this short video and learn the astonishing way how. I am blown away!

Last Week's Most Popular Stories

Jason English

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

10 Non–Rock Stars Who Died at the Tragically Young Age of 27

Stacy Conradt

© Laurence Baker/Corbis On Saturday, Amy Winehouse passed away and became the latest member of Club 27—an exclusive club you don’t want to be in.

Lumosity: Train Your Brain

johnlounsbery

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Weekend Links: The World of Blind Photographers

Allison Keene

From link-finder extraordinaire Holly: New research suggests the way we recall facts now has been (surprise!) altered because of computers.

15 Wonderful Words With No English Equivalent

Bill DeMain

The Global Language Monitor estimates that there are currently 1,009,753 words in the English language. Despite this large lexicon, many nuances of human experience still leave us tongue-tied.

The Late Movies: Garden Produce

Miss Cellania

Personally, I am SO enjoying the bounty of a summer garden, eating the freshest and tastiest salads of the year, even though I am also looking at weeks of canning work.

5 Things You Didn't Know About Bryan Cranston

Ethan Trex

Actor Bryan Cranston finally made his triumphant return as Breaking Bad’s Walter White last week.

On the Money: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Coin Portraits

Matt Soniak

During America’s infancy, the government didn’t want to put President George Washington or any of the Founding Fathers on U.S. currency.

Now You Can Dial Your Own Telephone! (1954)

Chris Higgins

In this instructional AT&T film from 1954, host Susann Shaw explains how to dial your own telephone. This was, of course, to ease the transition from operator-assisted calls to dial service.

The Ubiquitous QR Code

David K. Israel

QR codes, or “quick response” codes, were invented more than 15 years ago in Japan as a way to track automobile parts in production.

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