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Brain Game: One Among Billions

Wednesday Wordplay is bustin' out all over here at the mentalfloss.com Brain Game.

Morning Cup of Links: Sunspot Birth

Miss Cellania

Acne is a peculiarly human problem that might have been caused by the loss of our ancient ancestor's body hair.

5 Questions: "Mob" Mentality

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How 15 Tech Companies, Sites and Gadgets Got Their Names

Rob Lammle


The Quick 10: 10 Things You Didn’t Know Had Names

Adrienne Crezo

1. You know how it smells after it rains? That clean, greenish smell when rain lands on dry ground? That’s petrichor, from the Greek petra (stone) and ichor (the blood of Greek gods and goddesses).

The Late Movies: Sweet Valley High

Erica Palan

California girls Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield are identical twins with opposite personalities. Jess is popular and a little mischievous, while Liz is intelligent and innocent.

Why Do Fake Phone Numbers Start With 555?

Ethan Trex

As soon as an actor in a movie or TV show starts rattling off a phone number, every viewer knows what the first three digits will be. How did “555” become the convention for fake phone numbers?

"The Curators": Who Runs Online Museums?

Chris Higgins

I've enjoyed The Museum of Online Museums for years -- it's full of amazing collections of odd things. I even linked to one of the collections back in 2007.

Strange Geographies: Abandoned Belgium, Part I

Ransom Riggs

I recently spent eight days traveling around the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg, though explaining why I went is a bit complicated.

10 Variations On Our March of Progress

Miss Cellania

The March of Progress is the name of a 1965 illustration by Rudolph Zallinger for the Time-Life book series Life Nature Library, specifically for the volume entitled Early Man.

Techtastic Ways to Use an Altoids Tin

Jill Harness

Altoids tins are pretty darn cool, but most of us don't have any use for them besides the occasional storage space for buttons.

Pump up the Crowd: Hollywood's Inflatable Extras

Colin Patrick

The next time you’re watching that sports-themed comedy or epic Roman war picture and you notice some of the crowd members don’t seem nearly as excited as the others, it’s probably not that they’re ba

Brain Game: Unfairway

It's Tuesday Test Time! Fore! Tim and Tom were well-matched golfers.

Morning Cup of Links: Bulldog Boogie

Miss Cellania

To promote the new Internet Explorer 9, Soap Creative developed the world's biggest Pac-Man game which involves thousands of user-submitted screens, and could take years to play.

5 Questions: Mud Slide

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