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Weekend Links: A Vacuum Made By Nintendo

Allison Keene

From Cindy, a really cool interactive picture maybe best described as an illustrated Wikipedia. It's incredibly detailed, and definitely a time waster.

10 Scandalous VP Stories Worth a Warm Bucket of Spit

Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

This morning Mitt Romney tapped Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate.

Olympic Cyclists and Their Giant Thighs

Lauren Hansen

Sure, Olympians are crazy fit, but there's something about those indoor track cyclists that makes your jaw plummet to the floor. What is it? Oh, yes, their massive thighs.

The Late Movies: You Bet Your Life Outtakes

Miss Cellania

You Bet Your Life was a radio game show at first, then moved to TV. Groucho Marx wasn't the first host, but he was the most successful.

19 Presidential Jokes for Presidential Joke Day

Julia Davis

We often think of American presidents as butts of jokes, the muses for mockery, and the subjects of satire.

The Missing Links: The Stuffed Animals Always Attack From Above

Colin Patrick

Attack of the Parachuting Activist Teddy Bears The situation in Belarus just got real.

5 Fictional Countries Where the U.S. Army is Trained to Fight

David W Brown

During World War II, the Allies famously tricked Hitler into believing that the First United States Army Group would invade France at Pas-de-Calais.

What Movie Sequel Would You Un-Make?

Jason English

On Fridays, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else's reply, whatever you want.

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

Inmates Attempt Escape Disguised as Garbage Sidney da Cruz and Carlos Pereira, two detainees at the Delegacia de Furtos jail in Curitiba, Brazil, had a great idea.

A Brief History of Olympic Defectors

Lucas Reilly

For some athletes, the Olympics aren’t just a competition: they’re a chance to escape oppression. Earlier this week, seven of Cameroon’s athletes disappeared from London’s Olympic Village.

Brain Game: Mitch's Desk

Say hello to Mitch, whose likes and dislikes are the fodder for today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Free-for-all Friday challenge.

Morning Cup of Links: RoboDog Shark Bait

Miss Cellania

The Perseid Meteor Shower is conveniently scheduled for this weekend. Read some tips on arranging the optimum conditions to enjoy the show.

The Missing Links: Hey, I Know That Olympian From Somewhere

Colin Patrick

Exactly How Big Is Our Solar System? Ummmm, really big. And: How big is infinity?

13 Brazen Harry Potter Knock-Offs From Around the World

Julia Davis

If J.K. Rowling’s seven Harry Potter books left you hungry for more Hogwarts, you’re not alone.

What Happened to Starting Races With Real Pistols?

Jason Plautz

When Usain Bolt, Wallace Spearmon and the rest of the field line up for today's 200-meter race, they'll kick off the race not at the fire of a pistol, but a noise triggered by an electronic