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Brain Game: Math Square #145

Good luck on today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Monday Math Square challenge.

And You Thought Toothpick Art Was Tiny

Jill Harness

We've all seem impressive creations built in miniature scale with toothpicks or matchsticks, but artist Steven J.

Weekend Links: A Shark Drops In On a Golf Course

Allison Keene

How To Be Good At Knives: Instant slicing and dicing mastery in one handy graphic guide.

Futurama 2: What 1964 Thought the Future Would Be Like

Chris Higgins

At the 1964/65 New York World's Fair, General Motors brought us Futurama 2, its vision of the not-too-distant future.

10 Historical Euphemisms for Infidelity

Adrienne Crezo

Here are 10 historical slang terms and euphemisms for infidelity that you probably won’t see in headlines today.

The Highest Compliment Maurice Sendak Ever Received

Colin Patrick

A few weeks ago I posted an entry called 8 Celebrity Tactics For Responding to Fan Mail. Well, I recently happened upon one more that should be added.

Spinning Tops: Video to Soothe You

Chris Higgins

In this seven-minute film by Charles and Ray Eames, we see spinning tops from around the world.

Weekend Links: Your Vintage Mugshot

Allison Keene

Spooky post-Halloween story, filed under Long Reads: In 1830, a brutal crime in Massachusetts riveted the nation—and inspired the writings of Edgar Allan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne. * Another one f

Why Do We Call Carrying A Person On Our Backs Or Shoulders "Piggyback"?

Kara Kovalchik

Remember that old children's game Telephone, where a word or phrase would be whispered whispered down the line until it got to the last person?

11 Suffixes That Gave Us New, Often Terrible Words

Arika Okrent

Here are some word endings that have become productive to varying degrees.

The Late Movies: Dogs on Wheels

Miss Cellania

Over the summer, my dog had an accident in which a rear leg was so damaged that it had to be amputated.

5 U.S. Cities That Were Destroyed—and Completely Rebuilt

Adrienne Crezo

As recovery efforts begin in areas ravaged by Hurricane Sandy, rebuilding may seem like an impossible task right now. But rebuilding will happen.

Running The NYC Marathon: Bad Idea Or Worst Idea?

Erin McCarthy

Shortly after this was posted, there was an UPDATE, 5:26 PM: The NYC Marathon has been canceled.

The Missing Links: Art That Makes Scents

Colin Patrick

This Is Why Sports Are Great Everything about athletics that isn't this just clouds how beautiful and wonderful sports can be. * That New Art Exhibit Stinks Literally. * Some of You A

At the Libraries: Stealing Books

Miss Kathleen

Each month Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books.