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The Weird Week in Review

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Does Thinking Hard Actually Wear You Out?

Caisey Robertson

The brain, though a small organ, is responsible for a lot of things. It makes your body move, tells your heart to beat, and keeps you breathing without conscious effort.

How to Navigate by the Stars

Explorers have used the stars as a compass for millennia, and if you’re out having adventures at night, you should add the skill to your arsenal. (If nothing else, it’s a killer party trick.)

5 Famous Filibusters

Stacy Conradt

After a mere 13 hours Wednesday, Senator Rand Paul ended his filibuster against the nomination of John Brennan for CIA director.

Another Preview of the mental_floss YouTube Channel!

Erin McCarthy

The Late Movies - Guess The Theme 91

Mark Arminio

NYPD's Color of the Day

Dan Lewis

Dan Lewis runs the popular daily newsletter Now I Know ("Learn Something New Every Day, By Email"). We've invited him to share some of his stories on mental_floss this week.

The Missing Links: A Modern Day Viking Funeral

Colin Patrick

8 Towns that are Numbered

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The Art of Steadicam

Chris Higgins

11 Fun Facts about SXSW

Erin McCarthy

Tomorrow, the 2013 South by Southwest (SXSW) festival kicks off—and mental_floss will be there!

Anatomy of 14th Century Bubonic Plague Hazmat Suits

Bryan Dugan

The Bubonic Plauge, also known as the Black Death, killed at least 75 million people on three continents.

8 Bookstores in Barns

Virginia C McGuire

Empty barns are one thing this country has plenty of, and a few enterprising booksellers have figured out something to do with all that space.

Why is Charles Schulz in the Hockey Hall of Fame?

Stacy Conradt

He wasn’t a Star or a Blackhawk or a Bruin, but the cartoonist did make some important contributions to the American sport of ice hockey.

Morning Cup of Links: Surprising Oscar Winners

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