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The Russians Didn't Just Use Pencils in Space

Chris Higgins

A longstanding urban legend goes like this: During the space race of the 1960s, NASA spent millions developing a fancy "space pen" that could be used in zero gravity ...

Brazil Has a Plan to Clone Endangered Animals

The Week

Cloning a dinosaur might be a doomed pursuit (much to the dismay of a generation raised on Jurassic Park fantasies), but biologists at Brazil's Brasilia Zoo want to use genetic information from e

The Missing Links: Answering the Tough Turkey Questions

Colin Patrick

To Be A Fly On the Wall Chevy hanging with Belushi. Pee-wee and Rodney kicking it. Woody and Larry chatting. Carlin and Marx clowning around. Poehler, Arnett and Sedaris laughing.

10 Bizarre Coloring Books for Adults

Miss Cellania

Psst! Got any crayons? You'll want a box when you see how much fun adults can have with coloring books designed just for those of a certain age. And please try to stay within the lines.1.

The Top 100 Video Games, According to Time

Erin McCarthy

Earlier today, Time unleashed its list of the All-TIME Top 100 Video Games.

Harry Taylor, Modern Tintype Photographer

Chris Higgins

Harry Taylor is a photographer with an unusual specialty, at least for this century: tintypes. A tintype is a photograph made on a metal plate (often iron, and apparently never tin).

5 Historical Manias That Gripped Societies, Then Disappeared

Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

“Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one.”

Why Are Potatoes Called Spuds?

Daven Hiskey

Daven Hiskey runs the wildly popular interesting fact website Today I Found Out. To subscribe to his "Daily Knowledge" newsletter, click

Brain Game: It's Gotta Be the Brain

Enjoy today's open-ended mentalfloss.com Brain Game Think Thursday challenge.

Morning Cup of Links: Cha-Chung

Miss Cellania

The Law & Order database from Overthinking It is complete.

The Late Movies: Andrew Bird, Whistling Violinist/Singer/Guitarist

Chris Higgins

Andrew Bird is my favorite violinist, partly because he's not just a violinist.

The Missing Links: It's Oz-Inspiring

Colin Patrick

This Looks

Meet the Starless Planet That Floats Alone

The Week

Say hello to what may just be the loneliest planet in the universe.

11 Facts from the American Museum of Natural History's New Food-Themed Exhibit

Erin McCarthy

A hydrophonic vertical growing system, designed by Windowfarms, in the museum's Weston Pavilion.

11 Fun, Silly, Weird and Far Out Monet Tributes

Jill Harness

Today would have been Claude Monet’s 172nd birthday, so in honor of one of the world’s most influential impressionists, here are a few tributes to his famous works of art. 1. Land of Misfit