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The Quick 10: Drop Everything and Read (AKA: Happy Birthday, Beverly Cleary!)

Stacy Conradt

Happy D.E.A.R. Day! That's Drop Everything and Read, in case you don't have fond memories of D.E.A.R. from Beverly Cleary's Ramona Quimby books.

The Origins of Whac-A-Mole

Chris Higgins

Aaron Fechter invented the original Whac-A-Mole game in 1971.

What the Past Thought the Future Would Be Like

David K. Israel

Taking a stroll through old Popular Mechanics and Popular Science-type magazines is always good for a few smiles. Here are ten images worth taking a closer look

Brain Game: Math Square #20

The nine white squares inside the main red grid should be filled with the digits 1 through 9. Each digit should appear only once in this main grid. Two of these numbers are already provided for you.

Space Shuttle Parking Lot

Ransom Riggs

There are few spectacles that can compare to the awe-inspiring power of a space shuttle launch.

Morning Cup of Links: Name Your Poison

Miss Cellania

The Illinois Poison Control Center posted stories of the 282 calls they took in one day.

Rest in Peace, Dixie Carter

Kara Kovalchik

Actress Dixie Carter passed away on April 10, 2010, at the age of 70. She is survived by her husband, actor Hal Holbrook, and two daughters.

The Weekend Links: Sunday Edition

Allison Keene

What else are smart phones good for?

Reading mental_floss Can Really Pay Off

Rob Lammle

There's no question that reading a mental_floss story can pay off during Trivial Pursuit, or when you're trying to impress someone at a cocktail party.

Last Week's Most Popular Stories

Jason English

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

The Weekend Links: Saturday Edition

Allison Keene

In honor of my first word, my first link this week concerns owls: Francesca has sent in this link to a live owl webcam focusing on a mother owl and her 4 owlets.

Lunchtime Quiz Leftovers

Jason English

The Late Movies: Cats in the Bathroom

Miss Cellania

Cats are fascinated with the bathroom. Yes, there are house cats who use the toilet for the same purpose humans do, but there are no videos of that here.

Literally the Best Blog Ever (Actually, Figuratively)

Chris Higgins

I can't tell you how often I hear someone use the term "literally" when he or she means "figuratively." It bugs me nearly as much as "misused" quotation marks.

The Quick 10: 10 Twinkie Tidbits

Stacy Conradt

We've neglected a very important anniversary on the _floss this week - Twinkies turned 80 years old on Wednesday!

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