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Makin' Copies: the Complete History

Ransom Riggs

My friend Diana Rooks wrote this fun piece on the history of carbon copies, which originally appeared in History Magazine back in August '06.

Morning Cup of Links: 8-bit Christmas

Miss Cellania

Seven Psychological Principles Con Artists Exploit. Now, are you going to use this knowledge to protect yourself or to set up shop? (via Kottke) * Have an 8-bit Christmas!

The Late Movies: Rock On, Wesley Willis

Chris Higgins

"I make music, I sing my ass off." With these words, Wesley Willis opens a short documentary shown below.

6 David & Goliath Trademark Disputes

Rob Lammle

Every businessperson would agree that trademark infringement is a serious issue.

Pee-Wee Herman's 1988 Christmas Special: Streaming Online!

Chris Higgins

Remember Pee-Wee Herman's 1988 Christmas Special? It featured an insanely long list of guest-stars, including: Annette Funicello, Frankie Avalon, Grace Jones, k.d.

The Quick 10: 10 of the Longest Movie Titles

Stacy Conradt

Need I say more? I think this one speaks for itself! 1. The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies!!? (11 words)2.

What Alyssa Milano Wants for Her 37th Birthday

Jason English

One of our most vocal and visible fans is actress Alyssa Milano, who has been spreading the word about mental_floss via Twitter to her 460,000 followers. Feels like we owe her something.

Raw Eggs: Delicious & Nutritious?

Jill Harness

Americans have been told their whole lives to avoid eating raw eggs for fear of salmonella poisoning, but in many other countries (including Japan), raw eggs are a common treat.

3 Unusual Twitter accounts worth following

David K. Israel

1. @Cookbook Maureen Evans is a 27-year-old from British Columbia who's studying for a master's in creative writing at Queen's University Belfast.

8 Signs You Might Be Boring Someone

Ransom Riggs

A recent Psychology Today article by Gretchen Rubin provides a list of clues that you might be boring someone during a conversation.

Brain Game: Gail & June

Today's Brain Game isn't too tough, but hey, it's Wednesday! Two women from different areas of the country met at college in New England, and developed a lifelong friendship.

Morning Cup of Links: Monkey Language

Miss Cellania

What to Do When the Power Goes Out. Or better yet, what to do now to be prepared for such an event. * Five Modern Technologies That Might Not Be So Modern.

The Late Movies: Remembering Jack Rose

Matt Soniak

I first heard Jack Rose four or five years ago when he opened for Sunn O))) at Philadelphia's First Unitarian Church.

the3six5.com project - coming soon to a really small screen near you

David K. Israel

The First Vending Machine (and other surprising firsts)

Mangesh Hattikudur

Neatorama's got this terrific post today on 5 Modern Technologies that Might Not Be So Modern. My favorite bit is about the first vending machine, used to dispense...

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