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Morning Cup of Links: Disgusting Candy

Miss Cellania

Footprints from 570 million years ago have been found in Nevada.

What would happen if you ate one of those silica gel packets?

Matt Soniak

Well, for one thing, you'd be eating a misnomer. Silica gel isn't actually a gel, but a granular form of silicon dioxide (SiO2), a compound formed when silicon is oxidized.

Lunchtime Quiz Leftovers

Jason English

Sculpting With Pencils: Jennifer Maestre

Andréa Fernandes

As evidenced by our "What is art?" post and its accompanying discussion, people have vastly different opinions of what materials can be used to create art and what can be classified as art.

2 New Shirts for Your Wearing Pleasure (Plus a Sale)

Jason English

Despite vocal protests from the vampire lobby, today we're adding two new shirts to the mental_floss store.

The Weekend Links

Allison Keene

If you're feeling in a political mood, check out some of these vintage Presidential Campaign Commercials as far back as 1952, from the Museum of the Moving Image.

3 Surprising Facts About Sarah Silverman

Mangesh Hattikudur

I was reading an article on Sarah Silverman this week in Bust Magazine (which is a terrific magazine by the way).

Seek and Ye Shall Be Frustrated

Jason English

We need to hang an 'out of order' sign on our search bar. I've gotten a number of emails about this outage, and we apologize for the inconvenience.

6 Crises That Keep Economists Up At Night

Floss books

Thomas Carlyle once called economics "a dismal science." Indeed, economists tend to be cautious and pedestrian, but can you blame them?

8 Horror Myths Debunked (or Confirmed!)

Stacy Conradt

At my house, Halloween is like Christmas. So, you'll notice a larger-than-usual number of my posts this month will be focused on the creepy and macabre.

My Sleep Apnea: The Sleep Study

Chris Higgins

In last week's article I talked about my initial experience with sleep apnea: going to a sleep disorders clinic and being evaluated for risk factors.

New Uses for 5 Old Pests

Meghan Holohan

Doctors, criminologists and even manicurists have been busy putting smaller, less cuddly members of the animal kingdom to work.

Rage against the Bathing Machine

Mangesh Hattikudur

Neatorama just featured this great and strange photo of bathing machines, and I was completely intrigued.

Wait Management

Mangesh Hattikudur

OhGizmo just featured this modified park and bus stop bench from designer Martin Nicolausson.

It's beautiful, it's intelligent ... it's slime

Ransom Riggs

It may sound like the perfect date; in reality, it's what grows on rotten tree stumps and piles of dog vomit (see left).

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