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5 Questions: "Drop" Everything!

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Alternate Histories: 7 Ways the World Could Be Completely Different

Mark Juddery

Alternate history, long popular with fiction writers, has also been explored by historians and journalists. Here are some of their intriguing

The Late Movies: Flight of the Conchords

Chris Higgins

New Zealand hunkthrob band Flight of the Conchords recently recorded a brilliant new song, "Feel Inside (and Stuff Like That)," for charity.

Name the Convention Cities Since 1968

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With the Republican National Convention in full swing and the Democrats geared up for next week, convention fever is in the air. Can you name all of the cities where the two major parties have convened since 1968 (including the two sites those years)? Get all 18 and we'll see about getting you super-delegate status.

The Missing Links: How You Spend Your Day

Colin Patrick

Fan Video Games Are Much Better Than Fan Fiction A recent Reddit AMA ("Ask Me Anything") conducted by Dan Harmon, the recently-ousted creator of the show Community, inspired one fan to crea

The Dude Behind "The Big Lebowski" - A Documentary

Chris Higgins

You've probably heard that The Dude from The Big Lebowski is loosely based on a real guy named Jeff Dowd.

21 World War I Recruitment Posters From Around the Globe

Jill Harness

All countries have their own style when it comes to military recruitment posters, and even within one country, the style will change drastically depending on the specific branch looking for volunteers

Why Do Crabs and Lobsters Turn Red When You Cook Them?

Matt Soniak

While they might be bright red when they hit your dinner plate, crabs and lobsters are usually brown, olive-green or gray when alive and in the wild (at least in the mid-Atlantic U.S.; crustaceans far

How 13 Classic Video Games Got Their Names

Rob Lammle

How they got their names, and what they were almost called.

Carrots Were Originally Purple

Dan Lewis

Carrots are mutants.

Marx Brothers Films

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The Marx Brothers were a quartet (later a trio) of comedians whose films helped define the comedy genre for decades. The group performed in 14 different feature-length films. Given five minutes, how many of them can you name? The clock starts when you key in your first entry. Good luck!

9 Crazy Things People Found Inside Their Walls

Lyz Lenz

The Ballad of the Walled-Up Wife chronicles the story of hapless masons who are incapable of building a wall that will last.

Brain Game: Money Talks

Here's a new word ladder puzzle for today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Wednesday Wordplay challenge: By changing one letter in each step to form English words, and leaving all other lette

Morning Cup of Links: Outer Space Film Festival

Miss Cellania

Parts of the script for Michael Bay's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie were leaked online (and promptly pulled).

Shockingly Beautiful Photos of Electrified Plants

Jill Harness

Flowers have long been a popular subject of artists and photographers, but when so many people have already portrayed the natural beauty of plants in so many different ways, it's hard to create s

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