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The Late Movies: Guess the Theme XIX

Mark Arminio

It's Thursday, meaning it's time once again time for our late crowd to GUESS THE THEME! All the clips below have something in common.

18 Famous TV Roles Originally Played by Someone Else

Stacy Conradt

Many popular TV shows would have been totally different had the executives stuck with the actors from the pilot

This Is Your Heart on Chocolate

Meghan Holohan

Mayans grew cacao trees in their backyards, blending the beans with vanilla, chili pepper, and achiote to make a bitter, spicy drink known as xocoalt.

Name the Official Hail Sizes

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The National Weather Service uses real-world objects to report the size of hail. Can you name the 14 items in their chart? Just think about all the times you've heard this sentence: "We had ______-size hail last night!" Then dial-down the exaggeration.

10 Awesome Paintings of Old Board Games

David K. Israel

Artist Tim Liddy works almost exclusive in oil paintings. But these aren't your typical oil paintings of pastoral scenes or abstract shapes.

Max Roach Hits Some Drums

Chris Higgins

Surely you're familiar with Max Roach, the fantastic jazz drummer. Oh, you're not?

A Tribute to the Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Miss Cellania

A grilled cheese sandwich is a staple food for children because it's simple, quick, and cheap to make. Kids like simple food, and an American cheese slice on white bread is as simple as it gets.

Brain Game: Four Forefathers

And now, in living color and stereo (where available), the mentalfloss.com Brain Game presents: Think Thursday! NOTE: I rephrased the text of this quiz after several comments, so please ignore comm

Morning Cup of Links: Old Globes

Miss Cellania

When the American West was settled, railroads and farmers put up barbed wire fences, and ranchers tore them down.

5 Questions: Animal Genders IV

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The Late Movies: Daniel Johnston, Beautiful Singer of Broken Dreams

Chris Higgins

Daniel Johnston is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, pianist, and visual artist...who happens to suffer from crippling bipolar disorder.

7 Hilarious Garfield Variants

Chris Higgins

The comic strip Garfield has endured since 1978, when Jim Davis invented the lovable triad of Garfield, Odie, and their owner Jon Arbuckle.

How the Humble Bar Changed American History

Jill Harness

If you ask Christine Sismondo about prohibition, she'll tell you it didn't have nearly as much to do with alcohol as it did with trying to close down the saloon.

The Number of the Day: 1 in 11

Jason English

At your typical American shopping mall, one in every 11 stores is currently empty — the highest vacancy rate in a decade. Related Link: The stories behind 20 mall staples. [Sources: The Week and

Why Does Muammar Qaddafi Own a Mansion in New Jersey?

Haley Sweetland Edwards

Image credit: NorthJersey.com As General Muammar Qaddafi continues to evade the Libyan rebels who chased him out of Tripoli last week, there has been some tongue-in-cheek speculation about the poss