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The Late Movies: Supercuts

Chris Higgins

A "supercut" is not only a quality haircut from a national chain -- it's a type of video in which all instances of a particular word, phrase, or scenario are placed together, sometimes

The Quick 10: 10 Celebrities Who Own Wineries

Stacy Conradt

Some celebrities have done quite well for themselves in the wine business – Francis Ford Coppola, for example, is as famous for his grapes in some circles as he is for his movies.

At the Libraries: The Best Lists of the Best Books

Miss Kathleen

Every Wednesday, Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books. If there's something fun going on in your local library, leave us a

The Washing-ten

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Despite its location in the northwest corner of the Lower 48, Washington state has had a heavy impact on our nation. They've brought us grunge music, Frasier, premium coffee, and much more. And Washington earns props for being brave enough to fly a green flag (something no other U.S. state does).

How many of Washington's 10 most populous cities (based on 2008 estimates) can you name in five minutes? The clock starts when you key in your first entry. A score of 5 or better is a win. Good luck!

A Fascinating Look at Trona, CA from Two Very Disciplined Filmmakers

Ransom Riggs

For the last year, filmmakers Alex Jablonski and Michael Trotten have made one short documentary film every month -- twelve in all.

The 20 Longest Pages on Wikipedia

Chris Higgins

Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, according to Wikipedia, #830 in the Line of succession to the British throne. Back in July, our own Will Treece pointed to the then-longest Wikipedia a

A Short History of Long-Haired Music: The Classical Era, part 3

David K. Israel

If you missed our previous installments, check out A Short History of Long-Haired Music archives Some people refer to it as the “Viennese Style.” Others, the “Viennese Classical School.” Whatever

Brain Game: A Four-Spot Drop

By changing one letter at a time to form different English words, and leaving all other letters in their original positions, convert SIXTH into TENTH in the fewest steps possible.

Morning Cup of Links: Video Toast

Miss Cellania

6 Eerily Specific World Events Predicted by Comics. Is it possible that comic book writers have a super power of their own?  (via Interesting Pile) * X-ray Mania!

5 Questions: Remember the <em>Edmund Fitzgerald</em>

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The Late Movies: Quidditch

Andréa Fernandes

Quidditch, the magical game played by Harry Potter and company in J.K.

The Quick 10: 10 Ad Mascots Voiced by Celebrities

Stacy Conradt

With the recent announcement of a new, swanky, “sexualized” Mr.

Say What? When Athletes Are Misquoted

Bud Shaw

Note: Tomorrow night at 7pm, Bud Shaw will be speaking and answering questions at the mental_floss store in Chesterland, Ohio. Stop by and say

Name the Nut

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It’s easy to figure out which nut is which when you crack open a can of mixed nuts for a party. When they’re still in their shells, though? It’s not so easy. How well can you tell your walnuts from your almonds? (Note: We’re using “nut” in the broader culinary sense, not the botanical one.)

Did Cats Drive This Painter Insane?

Ransom Riggs

I wrote about the mad sculptor Messerschmidt last week, and in the comments one reader mentioned that his work reminded them of an English painter named Louis Wain (1860-1939) -- who I then proceeded