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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.

Brain Game: The 101

Today's Brain Game will be easy to solve with a spreadsheet program, but try it without. Remember, we're here to exercise your brain, not your computer skills.

Superman Saves Family From Foreclosure

Jill Harness

Time to add "able to save homes from foreclosure with a single issue" to Superman's already massive list of superpowers—that's just what happened to one family in Baltimo

Morning Cup of Links: Hilarious Bootlegged DVDs

Colin Patrick

The concept of Sketch Swap is very simple "“ and quite addicting. You draw an on-screen picture and submit it "“ so that it can be given to another user somewhere out there.

The Number of the Day: 2½ Tons

Jason English

In the 1930s, Admiral Byrd brought 2½ tons of NECCO Wafers to the South Pole for his men during their two-year stay. Related Fact: Necco Wafers originally came in eight flavors: orange, lemon, lim

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