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The Whale Who Wanted to Sing at the Met (1946)

Chris Higgins

Here's some classic animation for your Monday morning: a 1946 Disney short about an opera-singing whale, entitled The Whale Who Wanted to Sing at the Met.

The Number of the Day: 53,715

Jason English

On the 2001 New Zealand census, 53,715 people listed their religion as "Jedi." [Source: The New Zealand Herald. See previous Numbers of the Day

Brain Game: Math Square #31

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.

Our Toxic Gulf

Ransom Riggs

We've looked to VBS.tv and its TOXIC series in the past for unconventional, gonzo-style reports on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and the Salton Sea.

Morning Cup of Links: Psycho Shower Scene

Miss Cellania

The secrets of Psycho's shower scene. Including one great big secret you've most likely never heard before. (via Metafilter) * How to Train a World Cup Referee.

Why Do Your Dog's Feet Smell Like Popcorn?

Matt Soniak

My editor Jason has periodically brought up this topic in brainstorming sessions over the years, but I always figured the popcorn smell was a quirk of his dog, Bailey, and not an actual phenomenon (so

Weekend Links: Presidents Holding Hams

Colin Patrick

Chipotle has a creative new plan to turn spam email into healthier school lunches.

Last 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 Weekend Links: Saturday Edition

Colin Patrick

Sure, John Wall might have gone #1 in the NBA Draft this week, but let's see him try some of these amazing shots. * Steve Martin beat the press to the punch by releasing his own tour demands on

The Late Movies: Fun with Shakespeare

Miss Cellania

Someone once told me Shakespeare was boring. I doth verily beg to differ. Or differeth. Or something. A Midsummer Night's Dream Performed by The Beatles in 1964. Oh, there's lots

5 Things You Didn't Know About Stephen Hawking

Ethan Trex

Stephen Hawking is undoubtedly the world's most recognizable theoretical physicist, but let's take a look at five things you might not know about the longtime Cambridge professor: 1.

The Quick 10: A Mouse By Any Other Name...

Stacy Conradt

Mickey Mouse is so famous, you can easily call him "Mickey Mouse" in all but the most remote areas of the world and know that people understand what you're talking about.

What Was Your Summer Job?

Jason English

Every Friday, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else's reply, whatever you want. Very casual.

7 Towns That Changed Their Names (And 4 That Almost Did)

Scott Allen

In March, the city of Topeka, Kansas, unofficially changed its name to Google for a month in an effort to promote itself as an attractive destination for the tech giant to test its new fiber-optic tec

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