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What Are "Dibs"?

Kara Kovalchik

Everyone wants dibs (such as “I’ve got dibs on that last piece of pizza!”) but do we know what they are or why we call them?

Brain Game: In the Middle

Keep an eye out for an exciting presidential event coming up in October here at mentalfloss.com.

Morning Cup of Links: Gangnam Duck

Miss Cellania

Did you hear the one about the Indian bloggers who Samsung flew to Berlin to see their new gadgets?

The Foot Powder That Ran for Mayor (and Won!)

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

19 Videos That Make Learning Fun

Andréa Fernandes

Labor Day generally marks the end of summer and the start of a new school year.

The Missing Links: Just Say No to the Squirt Gun Flamethrower

Colin Patrick

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.

How Secure Are Electronic Voting Machines?

Ethan Trex

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.

Where Did the Name "Teamsters" Come From?

Kara Kovalchik

The name dates back to 1903, when most deliveries were made by horse-drawn wagons.

Brain Game: Math Square #136

Happy Labor Day!

Morning Cup of Links: Labor Day Distractions

Miss Cellania

The first ever Cat Video Festival was held Thursday in Minneapolis.

Breaking Not-So-Bad: Would Skyler End Up in Jail?

Jill Harness

[Note: This post was written before last night's episode, so if you haven't seen it yet, there are no spoilers.

World War I Centennial: France Lays Out the Best-Case Scenario

Erik Sass

Installment #34: By September 1912, Europe was divided into two alliance blocs, knit together by treaties both secret and public: on one side there was the alliance between France and Russia, which wa

Weekend Links: How Many Words Do You Know?

Allison Keene

How many words do you know? I missed one at the very end, curses!

Survivorman Returns

Chris Higgins

Image courtesy of Discovery Channel. I'm a big fan of Les Stroud, better known as Survivorman.

A Brief History of the Jerry Lewis Telethon

Eddie Deezen

The National Muscular Dystrophy Association announced that in 2011, for the first time since 1966, Jerry Lewis would not be headlining the annual MDA Telethon for "Jerry's Kids." After