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To Desalinate or Not To Desalinate?

Brett Savage

With incidents of severe water scarcity expected to rise substantially as the global population grows and fresh water supplies diminish, scientists are scrambling to come up with effective solutions t

7-Pound Purple Dumbbells and 14 More Gimmicky Heisman Campaigns

Scott Allen

Last month, the Northwestern athletic department garnered national attention when it shipped two 7-pound purple dumbbells to about 80 college football writers across the country.

The London Riots and 7 Other Things Blamed on Social Media

Allison Lex

© KERIM OKTEN/epa/Corbis As a result of the recent riots, British Prime Minister David Cameron has come forth and declared that social media is the enemy.

Geek-Jack

David K. Israel

A little shameless self-promo today... My son has started a series of video reviews for Wired's GeekDad blog. You can see the latest, a review of ThinkGeek's iCade, below.

What's So Great About 3D?

Ransom Riggs

It's easy to see why 3D is popular from a movie studio perspective: it allows theaters to charge fifteen bucks for a flick that would normally bring in just eight or nine (in LA prices, at least)

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

Church Brawl A Sunday evening brawl at the New Welcome Church in St. Elmo, Alabama, involved at least a dozen people and left one woman with a stab wound.

Brain Game: Zia

We wrap up another week with Free-for-all Friday here at the mentalfloss.com Brain Game. Give this question a try, and good luck! When viewed from the air, the grounds of which U.S.

Morning Cup of Links: Natural Birefringence

Miss Cellania

A three-part article follows a story of international adoption gone wrong. The upshot is that throwing money at a problem sometimes makes it worse.

Jonathan's Starbucks Card Wants to Buy You a Drink

Colin Patrick

This is Jonathan Stark’s Starbucks Card and he wants you to use it to buy yourself a coffee. Really, he does.

What Really Happens if You Wear Red in Front of a Bull

Stacy Conradt

If you ever find yourself trapped in a pen with a bull and you happen to be wearing your favorite lucky red cape (what? you don’t have a lucky cape?), never fear.

The Late Movies: Guess The Theme XVI

Mark Arminio

It's Thursday night, _flossers, meaning it's time for everyone's favorite version of The Late Movies: GUESS THE THEME! All the songs below have something in common.

Making "The Shining"

Chris Higgins

Now here's something special: a 35-minute documentary by Vivian Kubrick (who was then 17 years old) about the making of The Shining.

From North Korean Waitresses to American Bridesmaids: The Wide World of Compulsory Plastic Surgery

Haley Sweetland Edwards

Kim Jong-Il, the villainous dictator of North Korea, has reportedly decreed that all waitresses working at prestigious restaurants must undergo eyelid surgery to make them appear more “Western.” We’ve

Charting Super Powers From Awesome to Absurd

Colin Patrick

[Click to enlarge] I’m not the biggest superhero fan, but for some reason I am very engrossed by the incredibly detailed graphical breakdown known as The Illustrious Omnibus of Super Powers.

How the Statue of Liberty Got Here

Jason English

The National Parks Service announced that the Statue of Liberty will be closed for a year for renovations starting in late October.

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