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Labor Day generally marks the end of summer and the start of a new school year. These fun educational videos for all ages should ease the sting of returning to school and help make studying more enjoyable.
"Bad Romance: Women's Suffrage" by Soomo Publishing
This might be our favorite: a fantastic, well-produced women's suffrage parody of Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" from the educational publishing company Soomo.
"Gutenberg" by History for Music Lovers
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The Arm of the Law Really Is Quite Long
It reaches five decades backward in time. And all for a lousy dime.
Squirt Gun Flamethrower Just Sounds Like a Bad Idea
An awesome idea. But a bad idea all the same. Check out that and other deadly DIY items you need to avoid.
Running a Car on Moonshine
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It’s not that the machines have slight security glitches. It’s more that they’re almost comically hacker-friendly. Take the touchscreen Diebold Accuvote system. In 2012, nearly one-quarter of Americans are expected to use them to cast ballots. But the machines have been under fire for security errors for nearly a... READ ON
The name dates back to 1903, when most deliveries were made by horse-drawn wagons. The driver was referred to as a "teamster," because he was the one who managed the team that was pulling the... READ ON
Happy Labor Day! Here's today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Monday Math Square challenge:
Place the digits 1 through 9 in the white blanks so that the mathematical equations work both across and down. Each digit 1 through 9 should appear only once in the main grid (the red square).
Here is the SOLUTION.
NOTE: These puzzles rarely (but occasionally) have alternate solutions that fit the rules. If you find one of these, first make sure that you've followed the instructions to the letter,... READ ON
The first ever Cat Video Festival was held Thursday in Minneapolis. The festival selected the 76 best cat videos, and Buzzfeed has them all for those who could not attend.
If you are a pregnant drug addict, treatment with methadone might seem a good idea. But what can you do when methadone will still get you in trouble with child welfare agents?
$30 Million in Maple Syrup Stolen from Canada’s Strategic Syrup Reserve. In other news, Canada has a strategic maple syrup reserve.
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[Note: This post was written before last night's episode, so if you haven't seen it yet, there are no spoilers. But if you're halfway through the season, you might want to skip this one. Here's a scary story about crows... READ ON
Andre Agassi's father represented Iran in boxing in the 1948 and 1952 Olympics.