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Brain Game: Flag Day

It's Flag Day here in the United States, so today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Think Thursday challenge tests your knowledge of Old Glory. Good luck! An official U.S.

Morning Cup of Links: Bizarre Schools

Miss Cellania

A team from Utah State University won an Air Force competition by building a device to climb walls.

World War I Centennial: Breaking Up DuPont

Erik Sass

Installment #21: The turn of the century was a time of upheaval in the American economy, as powerful corporations formed during the latter half of the 19th century came under fire from populist politi

The Late Movies: "TableTop," Wil Wheaton's Boardgame Show

Chris Higgins

So Wil Wheaton has a YouTube show about boardgames, and it's awesome.

The Missing Links: TV & Food

Colin Patrick

Today's edition of The Missing Links contains TV and food. And that's pretty much it.

5 Great Things With Unexpected Downsides

Kathy Benjamin

Every cloud has a silver lining. We hate to rain on your parade, but it seems the opposite is true, too. Here are five allegedly good things that aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. 1. Being

Rejected Designs for the Great Seal of the United States

Jonathan Mulinix

This month marks the 230th anniversary of the adoption of the Great Seal of the United States, which is most often seen on the back of the $1 bill.

What’s That Red Stuff Airplanes Pour on Wildfires?

Sandy and Kara

MARIO ANZUONI/Reuters/LandovWater is the key ingredient in the mixture.

Dietribes: I Can Haz Cheeseburger

Allison Keene

• Various dictionaries trace the first mention of the hamburger to 1889 as a "hamburg steak." Or was it 1884 in the Boston Journal?

11 Fictional Works of Art (in Other Works of Art)

Maggie Ryan Sandford

From the film in Infinite Jest to Margot's plays in The Royal Tenenbaums, here's a look at some famous fictional masterpieces. 1.

What’s the Difference Between ( ), [ ], { } and < >?

Matt Soniak

( )Parentheses (the single one is called a parenthesis), also known as curved brackets, have plenty of uses in everyday written language.

"I'm So Happy," the Muppets' Gloomy Ode to Happiness

Chris Higgins

In this two-minute clip from The Muppet Show, two Whatnots sing a semi-tuneless ode to happiness. In a dusty room filled with cobwebs. Covered, themselves, with cobwebs.

Brain Game: Learning to Drive

Today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Wednesday Wordplay challenge is perhaps the longest Word Ladder puzzle we've ever published... but maybe you can solve it in fewer steps.

Morning Cup of Links: Watergate Anniversary

Miss Cellania

It was forty years ago that a burglary at a Washington hotel brought down a president.

The Late Movies: Dogs Learning to Walk

Erica Palan

Since last week's post about deaf babies learning to hear through technological advancements, I've been obsessed with inspirational videos.