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Brain Game: Buy a Vowel

Today's Brain Game gives you five letters of the English alphabet, leaving 21 unused. One of those 21 is the answer to today's puzzle. Good luck!

Morning Cup of Links: Unfriend

Miss Cellania

Oxford Word of the Year 2009 is Unfriend.

The Late Movies: Happy Birthday, Motown!

Matt Soniak

Fifty years ago, Berry Gordy, a songwriter for local Detroit acts like The Matadors and Jackie Wilson, borrowed $800 from his family and founded two record labels that became incorporated a year later

The Quick Seven: Seven Musical Hoaxes

Stacy Conradt

It was 19 years ago this week (can you believe it's been that long?) that the Milli Vanilli lip-synching scandal came to a head "“ the duo were stripped of their Grammies after it was reveal

Inside Oliver Sacks's Brain (As He Listens to Music)

Chris Higgins

Neurologist Oliver Sacks prefers Bach to Beethoven -- I'm just the opposite. But enough about me, let's talk Sacks. Dr.

The Legend of Undercover Elvis

the mag

The Photo: While you probably recognize the iconic photo of Elvis meeting Nixon in 1970, you might not know the exact reason for the visit. Elvis desperately wanted to become an undercover agent.

9 Tasty Foods Named After People

Ethan Trex

Ever wonder what it takes to get your name permanently affixed to a dish?

Nature's Stone Giants

Miss Cellania

Stonehenge is impressive, but pales in comparison to the massive stone pillars Mother Nature gave us.

Brain Game: Math Square #4

The nine squares inside the main red grid should be filled with the digits 1 through 9. Each digit should appear only once in the mail grid. One of these numbers (the 2) is already provided for you.

Morning Cup of Links: Altered Brains

Miss Cellania

Reprogramming brains with algae DNA and lights sounds like an evil plan for world domination. In this case, the aim is to cure patients of debilitating diseases. * Twilight: Three Wolf Moon.

The Late Movies: One-Hit Wonders

Ransom Riggs

They're the songs you can't get out of your head, no matter how hard you try. Even though you know every word by heart, you can't remember the name of the band.

Another Side of Browns Coach Eric Mangini

Jason English

Because mental_floss has an office outside Cleveland and a couple writers from Ohio, I end up chatting a fair amount about the woeful Browns and their embattled coach, Eric Mangini.

2,000fps Slo-Mo Video of Water Drops

Chris Higgins

So it turns out that when a drop of water falls into a pool of water, some very weird things happen.

The Quick 10: 10 Lesser-Known Celebrity Couples

Stacy Conradt

I don't know about you, but I'm super sick of tabloids combining the names of celeb couples to create a new word, like Brangelina (succinct, isn't it?) and TomKat.

Why Are Barns Usually Red?

Matt Soniak

Here's a question from reader Ryan: "Why are barns painted