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How Does Duty Free Work?

Ethan Trex

© Heiko Wolfraum/dpa/CorbisThe Spring Break season will be here before you know it, and if you’re traveling abroad for a vacation, you’ll get to enjoy the fun and excitement of passing through Customs

Dietribes: Parsing Down Parsley 

Allison Keene

• Parsley's popularity dates back to antiquity, where the herb was an integral part of life for both the Greeks and Romans.

The World's Tiniest Nations

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Last Wednesday, we gave you five minutes to name the world's 10 largest nations. A few readers suggested a companion quiz covering the other end of the spectrum,and we're happy to comply. In this quiz, you'll have five minutes to name the world's 10 smallest nations (by land area).

The Meaning of the Word "Moot" is Moot

Chris Higgins

The adjective "moot" means "open to debate." Yes, really.

The Grackle

David K. Israel

Continuing on with my Austin themed posts this week, here's one on the grackle, which is a bird I was unfamiliar with before my trip down.

10 British Sitcoms Inspired by American Shows

Rob Lammle

It's not unusual for television producers to adapt successful British sitcoms for an American audience.

Brain Game: Cashes In

Here's a new type of Wednesday Wordplay challenge for today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game. Enjoy! The following list contains seven different five-letter words.

Morning Cup of Links: Oscar Brackets

Miss Cellania

If picking the Oscars were as much fun as picking March Madness winners, ...it would be a lot more fun.

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Andréa Fernandes

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World War I Centennial: The Belgian Question

Erik Sass

Installment #6: After his previous attempt was rebuffed, French commander-in-chief Joseph Joffre (pictured) took the opportunity of a change in France’s civilian leadership to ask a second time to be

9 Pre-Lenten Treats from Around the World

Miss Cellania

Today is Shrove Tuesday, the last day before Lent in many Christian traditions. Eastern Orthodox Christians begin Great Lent on a slightly different calendar.

Contest Winners: Cowboy Facts!

Andréa Fernandes

Last week, we asked you to tell us one amazing fact about cowboys, salad dressing, or toys.

Star Trek Humor: Worf is Always Wrong

Chris Higgins

"Your objection is noted, Mr. Worf."

Time to Prepare for the Oscars

David K. Israel

Tolly Moseley, one of Austin's finest and most well-known bloggers, made a cute video for her Austin Eavesdropper blog that will make you smile (broadly, because everything in Texas is broader),

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