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10 Loud Places That Are Actually Nice and Quiet

Miss Cellania

You know how people make lists of unusual town names to send out as a joke via email? I got one that had a list of "noisy" towns.

Brain Game: 1, 2, 3, 4!

Today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Think Thursday challenge is a bit more involved than most, but it's still easy to play.

Morning Cup of Links: Hurricane Edition

Miss Cellania

Waiting Out Hurricane Isaac in New Orleans. An eyewitness account of a woman who stayed put, now and during Katrina. * Storms and floods aren't enough for Hurricane Isaac.

When Political Conventions Go Wild: 4 Knock-Down, Drag-Out Convention Floor Fights

the mag

by Brendan Spiegel 1. The Convention Turned

Alternate Histories: 7 Ways the World Could Be Completely Different

Mark Juddery

Alternate history, long popular with fiction writers, has also been explored by historians and journalists. Here are some of their intriguing

The Late Movies: Flight of the Conchords

Chris Higgins

New Zealand hunkthrob band Flight of the Conchords recently recorded a brilliant new song, "Feel Inside (and Stuff Like That)," for charity.

The Missing Links: How You Spend Your Day

Colin Patrick

Fan Video Games Are Much Better Than Fan Fiction A recent Reddit AMA ("Ask Me Anything") conducted by Dan Harmon, the recently-ousted creator of the show Community, inspired one fan to crea

The Dude Behind "The Big Lebowski" - A Documentary

Chris Higgins

You've probably heard that The Dude from The Big Lebowski is loosely based on a real guy named Jeff Dowd.

21 World War I Recruitment Posters From Around the Globe

Jill Harness

All countries have their own style when it comes to military recruitment posters, and even within one country, the style will change drastically depending on the specific branch looking for volunteers

Why Do Crabs and Lobsters Turn Red When You Cook Them?

Matt Soniak

While they might be bright red when they hit your dinner plate, crabs and lobsters are usually brown, olive-green or gray when alive and in the wild (at least in the mid-Atlantic U.S.; crustaceans far

How 13 Classic Video Games Got Their Names

Rob Lammle

How they got their names, and what they were almost called.

Carrots Were Originally Purple

Dan Lewis

Carrots are mutants.

9 Crazy Things People Found Inside Their Walls

Lyz Lenz

The Ballad of the Walled-Up Wife chronicles the story of hapless masons who are incapable of building a wall that will last.

Brain Game: Money Talks

Here's a new word ladder puzzle for today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Wednesday Wordplay challenge: By changing one letter in each step to form English words, and leaving all other lette

Morning Cup of Links: Outer Space Film Festival

Miss Cellania

Parts of the script for Michael Bay's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie were leaked online (and promptly pulled).