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Pencils Down: Scantron Inventor Michael Sokolski Has Died

Chris Higgins

(Modern Scantron test sheet; photo by Josh Davis, used under CC license.) We learned this week that Michael Sokolski, a soldier, engineer, and inventor of the Scantron, died on June 13.

Why Did People Wear Powdered Wigs?

Lucas Reilly

For nearly two centuries, powdered wigs—called perukes—were all the rage.

9 Baffling Movie Merchandise Tie-Ins

Cole Gamble

Every summer, movie season collides with merchandising mania to create a perfect storm of licensed nonsense.

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

Miss Holocaust Survivor Pageant Hava Hershkovitz was crowned Miss Holocaust Survivor in the first pageant of its kind last night in Haifa, Israel.

Brain Game: Darts

Try for a bull's eye with today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Free-for-all Friday challenge.

Morning Cup of Links: Worst Haircut Ever

Miss Cellania

How did the internet react to the Supreme Court's ruling on Obamacare? With memes and image macros, of course! * An Internet Family Vacation.

5 Questions: "Don" Cry Out Loud

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4 Intriguing Possibilities From Past VP Shortlists

Maggie Ryan Sandford

Until Mitt Romney names his running mate, you're going to be hearing a lot about potential vice presidents.

The Late Movies: Guess The Theme 60 (TV Show Edition)

Mark Arminio

It's Thursday, it's late, it's time once again for everyone's favorite game: GUESS THE THEME! All the following TV shows have something in common.

How Do Baby Birds Breathe Inside Their Eggs?

Matt Soniak

David De Lossy/ThinkstockYou might not realize it while you’re frying them sunny side up on a Sunday morning, but chicken eggs (and those of other birds, and reptiles) are some pretty sophisticated pi

Name the Members of the Supreme Court

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With all the coverage of the Supreme Court this week, let's test your judicial knowledge. Can you name the 20 justices who have been appointed to the court since 1962?

At the Libraries: Books That Shaped America

Miss Kathleen

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

8 Clips of Morgan Freeman Being Awesome on The Electric Company

Stacy Conradt

Before he was driving Miss Daisy, helping Andy bust out of Shawshank or making gadgets for Batman, Morgan Freeman starred in the The Electric Company from 1971-1977. He was, of course, badass.

"Come On Eileen" is 30 Years Old

Chris Higgins

In today's "feel old again" news, the classic song "Come On Eileen" by Dexy's Midnight Runners turned 30 this week. The original single was released on June 26, 1982.

10 Shocking Secrets of Flight Attendants

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Heather Poole is the author of Cruising Attitude: Tales of Crashpads, Crew Drama, and Crazy Passengers at 35,000 Feet. We begged her to reveal 10 workplace secrets.

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