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How Did the States in the USA Get Their Names?

Matt Soniak

Reader Adam from Fairfax, Virginia, wrote in to ask, "How did the US states get their names?" This week, we'll be tackling the origins and meanings of the names, 10 states at a time.

YouTube Time Machine

Chris Higgins

Today's fun internet trick: YouTube Time Machine.

5 People Who Were Wrongly Convicted

David K. Israel

1. Madison Hobley On January 6, 1987, Madison Hobley was awakened early in the morning by a blaring smoke alarm.

Roll Over Beethoven: 6 Modern Deaf Musicians

Rob Lammle

Famous composer Ludwig van Beethoven began to lose his hearing around the age of 25. By the time of his death, he was completely deaf.

Odds/Ends: Contest Winners!

Jason English

Before I disappear on paternity leave, we've got a few old contests we need to settle up.

Brain Game: Math Square #41

The nine white squares inside the main red grid should be filled with the digits 1 through 9. Each digit should appear only once in this main grid (the red square). One number is provided for you.

Morning Cup of Links: Solo and the Wookiee

Miss Cellania

Some say bypassing a higher education is smarter than paying for a degree.

11 Things You Might Not Know About Dr Pepper

Alvin Ward

The Number of the Day: 1

Jason English

Founding _flosser Mangesh's wife Lizzie gave birth to their first child on Sunday, a happy and healthy boy named Henry Narayan Hattikudur.

Weekend Links: Shoelaces That Tie Themselves

Allison Keene

As mentioned yesterday morning on Wait, Wait!

10 Provocative Questions About Raising Chickens…Answered!

the mag

by Megan Wilde 1. Where do chickens come

The Week's Most Popular Stories

Jason English

In case you weren't obsessively refreshing mentalfloss.com all week, here's what you

Weekend Links: Jumping the Shark

Allison Keene

I have a thing for pie graphs, and this one showing the most common jobs portrayed in movies (jaded cop, anyone?) is well worth a look.

10 Headlines from 9/11/01

Jason English

We spent the summer of 2001 chastising Gary Condit, mourning Mr. Belvedere, and pardoning Microsoft.

Lunchtime Quiz Leftovers

Jason English