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From the Year 2000: Conan on Success and Failure

Jason English

Many of you have probably already seen this—we may have even posted it before—but if you're looking to kill 20 minutes, here's Conan O'Brien's speech to Harvard

How much water does a fire truck hold?

David K. Israel

Ever wonder how many gallons of water the average fire truck holds? I didn't, until I witnessed a scary blaze last week in Brooklyn.

Inflatable Hospital

Miss Cellania

Amidst all the heartbreaking stories out of Haiti these past two weeks, I was impressed to see that Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres) was deploying an inflatable hospital.

Brain Game on Temporary Hiatus

A family matter requires a brief respite from the daily Brain Game; I apologize and promise to resume them as soon as is possible.

Dangerous Things Kids Should Do

Jill Harness

With today's paranoia of terrorists, child molesters and more, kids are missing more and more opportunities to go out, have fun and well...be kids.  To fight this, a new parenting mentality has

Morning Cup of Links: Ink Pen Sex

Miss Cellania

The Late Night Wars have given us plenty to read about, but this sort of thing has been going on for decades. You probably don't know the story of the biggest network talk show bomb ever.

Creating Melodramas in Silhouettes: Kara Walker

Andréa Fernandes

(This post was a week in the making, due to the overabundance of articles, reviews, and critiques on Walker and her art.) The American artist Kara Walker had achieved "both notoriety and accla

How Did You Know ringorang?

David K. Israel

Tune in Tuesday at noon ET for a special collaborative 5-day trivia Hunt with Ringorang, the cool real-time trivia game.

The Weekend Links

Allison Keene

Flossy faithful Becca has sent in a rather crackerjack link this week - for fellow fans of Star Trek and Monty Python, you have indeed reached your Holy Grail of Geekdom: a mashup of the two.

This Week's Most Popular Stories

Jason English

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

Lunchtime Quiz Leftovers

Jason English

The Late Movies: Best of Conan

Leslie Threlkeld

Since the last episode of The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien airs tonight, here are some of Conan's best moments from his 16+ years with NBC, showcasing the qualities that make Conan, Conan

OkCupid Analyzes Online Dating Data; Surprising Conclusions Revealed

Chris Higgins

The online dating website OkCupid has performed a statistical analysis of the photos their users post, in order to study patterns.

The Quick 10: 10 Famous Authors Who Tried Scriptwriting

Stacy Conradt

During the holiday season, I was doing some research for a story and discovered that the uber-sarcastic Dorothy Parker did some work on the script for the saccharine and sappy It's a Wonderful Li

10 Tales of Warm-Weather Winter Olympians

Scott Allen

The Winter Olympics are traditionally dominated by athletes from countries where winter brings freezing temperatures and snow, but that hasn't stopped a number of athletes from more tropical clim

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