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The Late Movies: Guess The Theme 60 (TV Show Edition)

Mark Arminio

It's Thursday, it's late, it's time once again for everyone's favorite game: GUESS THE THEME! All the following TV shows have something in common.

How Do Baby Birds Breathe Inside Their Eggs?

Matt Soniak

David De Lossy/ThinkstockYou might not realize it while you’re frying them sunny side up on a Sunday morning, but chicken eggs (and those of other birds, and reptiles) are some pretty sophisticated pi

At the Libraries: Books That Shaped America

Miss Kathleen

Each week Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books.

8 Clips of Morgan Freeman Being Awesome on The Electric Company

Stacy Conradt

Before he was driving Miss Daisy, helping Andy bust out of Shawshank or making gadgets for Batman, Morgan Freeman starred in the The Electric Company from 1971-1977. He was, of course, badass.

"Come On Eileen" is 30 Years Old

Chris Higgins

In today's "feel old again" news, the classic song "Come On Eileen" by Dexy's Midnight Runners turned 30 this week. The original single was released on June 26, 1982.

10 Shocking Secrets of Flight Attendants

the mag

Heather Poole is the author of Cruising Attitude: Tales of Crashpads, Crew Drama, and Crazy Passengers at 35,000 Feet. We begged her to reveal 10 workplace secrets.

Why is Turtle Wax Called Turtle Wax?

Kara Kovalchik

Why is America’s favorite game show consolation prize called “Turtle Wax”? Benjamin Hirsch started mixing up batches of his special formula liquid car polish in his Chicago bathtub in 1945.

The 2012 Olympic Torch Relay

Miss Cellania

Less than a month to go before the opening of the London Olympics, and we are halfway through the 70-day Olympic Torch Relay that takes the Olympic Flame through all four countries of the United Kingd

Brain Game: The End of Time

Kara and I are hosting a mental_floss session (Trivia! Puzzles! Prizes!) next Thursday at the "End of Time" Mensa American Gathering in Reno.

Every Product Billy Mays Ever Pitched

Adrienne Crezo

Billy Mays, America's favorite infomercial star, died three years ago today.

How Did the Term "Open a Can of Worms" Originate?

Matt Soniak

Metaphorically speaking, to open a can of worms is to examine or attempt to solve some problem, only to inadvertently complicate it and create even more trouble.

Morning Cup of Links: Pain and Lies

Miss Cellania

The Google X laboratory unveiled an artificial intelligence computer that can learn new concepts from raw data on the internet.

The Late Movies: 5 Smart People Say Smart Things in 5 Minutes or Less

Chris Higgins

Big Think has interviewed a staggering array of smart people, and is posting micro-interviews on YouTube. For tonight's viewing, I thought I'd collect five favorites.

Facts on a Plane (Or: Entertain Me on My Way Home From Chicago)

Jason English

If the Gogo Flight Tracker is accurate, I'm writing this at 31,083 feet. I'm also kinda bored and looking to justify including my in-flight wi-fi purchase on tomorrow's expense report.

The Missing Links: Cooking Up An Internet Frenzy

Colin Patrick

Bad News: You Cut Your Finger. Good News: That Might Have Been Your First Step Toward Saving A Life. This kit is one of the most brilliant ideas I’ve seen in a while.

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