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The College Conference Realignment Quiz

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The college sports landscape has been rocked over the last few years by realignment. Schools from the west are joining the Big East, the Big Ten will soon have 14 members, and none of it really makes sense. Can you keep all of the moves straight? We'll give you a conference and a year -- you've just got to pick out the one school that doesn't fit in.

Are Poinsettias as Dangerous as Everyone Says?

Matt Soniak

Poinsettias are as indispensable to Christmas as evergreen trees and mistletoe.

12 Horrible Gobbledygook Words We Reluctantly Accepted

Arika Okrent

Years ago these words were considered hideous jargon, but over time we grew to accept them.

Brain Game: Counting Counties

You can answer today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Tuesday Test Time challenge with the name of a U.S. state. Good luck: Texas has more counties than any other U.S.

Morning Cup of Links: Duck Crossing

Miss Cellania

A Very Brony Hannukah.

5 Questions: "Boot"y Call

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The Late Movies: Eerie, Indiana

Erica Palan

On December 11, 1816, Indiana became the 19th state.

What Killed The Dinner Party?

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The Missing Links: Sky Blue & Ice Blue

Colin Patrick

Bilbo Baggins vs. Thorin Oakenshield A real-life attorney evaluates the legal contract of one famous ring-carrying Hobbit to see if it would have held up in a court of law.

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Erin McCarthy

A couple of years ago, we launched a daily newsletter, Watercooler Ammo, that drops science, trivia, and quirky news into inboxes daily.

Music History #15: "Enola Gay"

Bill DeMain

“Enola Gay” Written by Andy McCluskey (1980) Performed by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (better known as OMD) The

Question for the Group: How Do Free Conference Call Companies Make Money?

Jason English

I'm on a conference call and curious, but it would be rude to do the research. (Posting this of course is not at all rude.) Anyone

Preserving the President: Abraham Lincoln, Grave Robbers, and an Excellent Embalmer

Matt Soniak

President Lincoln's funeral train in Philidelphia near the start of its 13 day journey from Washington to Springfield.

Name the 12 Top Grossing Movies of 2012

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According to Box Office Mojo's leaderboard, The Avengers was the #1 movie of 2012. Consider that your free space. How many of the year's 12 top movies (domestic gross) can you name in 5 minutes?

Witnessing the Blue Marble Firsthand

Chris Higgins

The Overview Effect is a term describing the cognitive effects of viewing Earth from space.

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