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At the Libraries: Help a Library in Need

Miss Kathleen

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

Population Growth Explained Using Colored Water

Chris Higgins

Here's a short, beautifully shot video: a visual explanation of how the human population got to 7 billion, using tinted water dripping into and out of seven glasses -- one for each continent.

Lunchtime Quiz: Track Listing (Another Numerical Edition)

Jason Plautz

Another week, another party, another playlist that needs ordering.

10 More Odd and Unusual Boating Events

Miss Cellania

Just a couple of days ago, we had 10 Strange and Wonderful Boat Races. Readers suggested other boat races, hinting that a list of ten was not enough.

Walk This Way: The History of the Moving Sidewalk

Matt Soniak

Authors like H.G. Wells, Isaac Asimov, and Robert Heinlein have long envisioned a future where the automobile gives way to massive, high-speed moving walkways.

What Causes "Old Book Smell"?

Matt Soniak

“A combination of grassy notes with a tang of acids and a hint of vanilla over an underlying mustiness” is how an international team of chemists describes the unique odor of old books in a study.

Brain Game: Root, Root, Root

Today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Think Thursday challenge focuses on America's Game. Can you solve it?

Morning Cup of Links: LEGO Wire

Miss Cellania

Are feminism and comedy natural enemies? Louis C.K.

How Did Nickelodeon Make Green Slime?

Matt Soniak

Don't say, "I don't know."

4 Animals That Ran for Mayor (and Won!)

Julia Davis

Has the presidential race soured you on politics as usual? Next time you’re in the voting booth, consider casting your ballot for a nontraditional candidate.

The Late Movies: The Secret Life of Machines

Chris Higgins

I love The Secret Life of Machines, a late-1980s series about how everyday machines work.

The Missing Links: Hitler's Tricky Chocolates

Colin Patrick

The Thin T-Shirt Material This Batsuit Is Made of Will Surely Protect Me! Because I fully intend to mention Batman as much as possible this week, have a look at this LIFE gallery of behind-the-scenes

The Bass Man: A Tribute to Bob Babbitt

Bill DeMain

Think about "Tears of a Clown" by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles. Think about "Cool Jerk" by The Capitols. Or "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" by Stevie Wonder.

Is It Really Illegal to Remove Your Mattress Tag?

Matt Soniak

Spoiler Alert: It is not. But here's why that warning is on there in the first

Cashew Nuts Grow Out of Crazy Apples

Chris Higgins

File this under Seems Like a Hoax, But Isn't.