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The Dirty Etymology of 9 Everyday Words

Romy Oltuski

Oops, you just said: Testicles.

The Nazi Bomb That Looked Like Chocolate

Dan Lewis

Dan Lewis runs the wildly popular daily newsletter Now I Know (“Learn Something New Every Day, By Email”). To subscribe to his daily email, click

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

Farmer Bites Cobra Mohammed Salmodin was working in his rice paddy in his village in Nepal when a snake bit him.

Curiosity and Its Big Brothers

Miss Cellania

When the Curiosity rover landed on Mars, we were all excited. Victory!

Miss Flame in the Bedroom with the Shoe: 4 Board Games that Changed With The Culture

Jason Plautz

Plenty of board games have debuted special editions, integrated electronics (who wants to roll dice anymore, anyways?), and upgraded to fancy carved pieces.

Brain Game: Barbara

Say hello to Barbara, whose likes and dislikes will help you solve today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Free-for-all Friday challenge.

Morning Cup of Links: Klingon Diva

Miss Cellania

A Reality TV Editor Reveals The Most And Least Fake Shows. Which only puts details into what you already knew just from watching them. * A video showing U.S.

5 Newly Discovered Creatures That Will Haunt Your Nightmares

Lauren Hansen

I often wake in a cold sweat, swiping at my arms and inside my ears frantically trying to scatter the insects crawling on my skin.

The Late Movies: Guess The Theme 67

Mark Arminio

It's Thursday, it's late, and it's time once again for the game that's sweeping the nation: GUESS THE THEME! All the clips below have something in common.

How Every School in the AP Top 25 Got Its Nickname

Scott Allen

The college football season kicks off next week. Prepare yourself by taking a look at how each team in the Associated Press Preseason Top 25 got its nickname. 1. University of Southern

Dot-WTF? These Top-Level Domains Could Be Coming Your Way

Chris Higgins

In June, ICANN announced that over 1,400 new generic top-level domain names (in other words, .wedding, .sex, and .lawyer) were under consideration to join the familiar .com and its kin.

10 Things Created Over a Couple of Beers

Stacy Conradt

After a few beers at the bar, even the most ridiculous ideas start to seem like The One That Will Make Millions. Sometimes, though, those ideas actually pan out.

8 Sounds That Are Trademarked

Kara Kovalchik

Most of us are aware that you can trademark a slogan, a logo, and a name, but did you know that it is also possible to trademark a sound?

The Missing Links: Your Work Is Killing Your Work Ethic

Colin Patrick

Worst. Financial. Decision.

At the Libraries: A Lazy Student Meets His Match

Miss Kathleen

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