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Lectures for a New Year: Our Broken Educational System

Chris Higgins

This week I'll bring you the best RSA talks -- a series of lectures a bit like TED from the UK.

Brain Game: Math Square #106

You'll find the rare "double divide" in the middle horizontal row of the Monday Math Square for today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game.

Morning Cup of Links: ????!

Miss Cellania

Happy Chinese New Year! Welcome to the Year of the Dragon. * Star Wars Uncut is finally finished, and it's a real hoot!

Weekend Links: What If Recent Films Had Been Made Decades Earlier?

Allison Keene

For those who need new ways of insulting the rapscallions in your life, here are 10 charming words for nasty people to pepper your insulting tirades with. * Practically everything in print nowadays

25 Years Ago Today, Pennsylvania's Treasurer Shot Himself on Television

Mark Arminio

On this date in 1987, Pennsylvania Treasurer Budd Dwyer shot and killed himself during a televised press conference.

Last Week's Most Popular Stories

Jason English

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

Lectures for a New Year: Third Week in Review

Chris Higgins

For the month of January I’m bringing you a great lecture every weekday. This week I picked my favorite TED Talks -- and got some great suggestions for more!

Weekend Links: Generate Your Own SuperPAC Name!

Allison Keene

Hear ye, hear ye! The savior of hardcore arises! It is … an eight-year-old Australian girl! who has found a way to make the first relevant hardcore song in several decades.

Today is National Hugging Day

Jason English

Happy National Hugging Day! From the holiday’s website: “While some encourage hugging everyone, National Hugging Day always suggests at least asking first." Celebrate responsibly.

The Late Movies: Beaker

Miss Cellania

Who is your favorite Muppet? I am partial to Dr. Bunsen Honeydew's long-suffering assistant, Beaker. Here are some of his finer moments. Ode to Joy Ten-part, or whatever harmony!

9 Comedians Who Ran for Office (Including Some Who Won)

Laura Turner Garrison

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Oh, Fisher Price... How We Loved You

David K. Israel

I saw the above photo posted on reddit today and was suddenly filled with raging, uncontrollable nostalgia.

The History of 5 Deadly Circus Stunts

Rob Lammle

The circus has always been about performers reaching the pinnacle of courage, strength, and skill, all for the intangible payback of the roar of the crowd.

Have You Ever Demanded a Refund at the Movies?

Jason English

On Fridays, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else's reply, whatever you want.

Lectures for a New Year: Malcolm Gladwell on Spaghetti Sauce

Chris Higgins

Malcolm Gladwell is the author of iconic books including Blink and The Tipping Point.

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