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Happy WiFi Day!

Jason English

Today is WiFi Day (8-02-11)! I'm not sure how we're supposed to celebrate, but I'll throw out two questions for discussion: 1.

MTV's First Hour on the Air (I Mean: on Cable)

Chris Higgins

On August 1, 1981, MTV launched at 12:01am. Below you can see the first hour of MTV, in six ten-minute chunks.

Jules Verne: Poignantly Prescient

David K. Israel

When we think of Jules Verne, we think of the genius behind 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea or Journey to the Center of the Earth (my personal favorite of only because I read it first, at an impressionab

Adventures in Pickling

Miss Cellania

Cucumbers never grew well in the garden at my old home. But this year we broke ground for a garden in the backyard, unearthing flood plain soil that hadn't been cultivated in decades.

Brain Game: Just U and A

Brought to you by the makers of caffeinated coffee and toasted bagels, here's the Tuesday Test Time challenge at the mentalfloss.com Brain Game.

Morning Cup of Links: How Doors Work

Miss Cellania

Syria has closed its doors to reporters since the Middle East uprisings last spring.

The Late Movies: Cameos by Famous Actors in Not-So-Famous Movies

Allison Lex

What do The Hangover, Ocean's Eleven and Zoolander have in common? They all contain brief appearances by familiar faces -- and all were also hits with viewers.

The Number of the Day: 6,239

Colin Patrick

An artist named Thomas Pavitt has created what he believes to be the world’s biggest connect-the-dots drawing - a portrait of Mona Lisa created with 6,239 individual points.

5 Artists Reportedly Held at Gunpoint by Phil Spector

Bill DeMain

He created the Wall of Sound. He wore crazy wigs. And he loved

How Algorithms Shape Our World

Chris Higgins

In this fifteen-minute TED Talk, game designer Kevin Slavin talks about how mathematical algorithms (a set of instructions that a person or machine can follow) no longer just participate with our worl

Trader Oh-No

David K. Israel

So yesterday, I went to Trader Joes, as I do every Sunday, stocked up on my staples, like milk, eggs, OJ, bananas, etc. and my favorite snack, Roasted Seaweed.

Bed Time: 11 Imaginative Places to Sleep

Jill Harness

Creative beds aren't just for kids. People of all ages can enjoy a little imagination in the design of their sleeping chambers. 1. A Cuddly

The Burial Suit That Eats Your Body

Colin Patrick

Thinking about your own death is an unpleasant chore for most. Jae Rhim Lee, however, enjoys dwelling on the subject.

Leonard Nimoy Directed Three Men and a Baby

Jason English

Last night fellow _flosser Ethan Trex told me Three Men and a Baby was directed by Leonard Nimoy.

Brain Game: Math Square #84

To some, 84 is a "neat" number because it's evenly divisible by 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, and 7. To others, 84 is the meaning of life (twice).

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