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Mental Floss is hiring in our New York office! It's not about the news cycle or sizzling hot takes or not believing what happened next. Our goal is to find fascinating stories and bring them back to our readers. There are so many incredibly interesting things out there. Can you help us uncover them?

Associate Editor

Are you a walking encyclopedia of random trivia and obsessed with all things retro? Do you love science as much as you love taking quizzes? Then this is the job for you: We're looking for a rabidly curious editor to join the team in our New York office.

Primary responsibilities will include conceiving, writing, and assigning stories and quizzes that fit our smart, quirky voice and positive tone. But because we're a small editorial team, you'll wear many hats: You’ll edit news posts, write lists and features, and help with video scripts and event planning and book projects. Here, everyone does a little bit of everything.

Ideal candidates will have:

  • At least two years of editing, writing, and assigning experience
  • An interest in everything from quirky history and strange science to obscure trivia and taking (and making!) quizzes
  • Strong editorial judgment
  • A natural curiosity and the ability to generate tons of story ideas
  • Energetic, positive written voice (and attitude!)
  • The ability to turn around constructive feedback to writers quickly
  • Excellent time management skills, the ability to prioritize, and a high level of attention to detail
  • The ability to juggle multiple projects while staying on deadline
  • A willingness to take ownership of projects and collaborate with the rest of the team
  • Knowledge of SEO and analytics, and the ability to track and analyze data
  • A clear understanding of Mental Floss’s mission, voice, and audience
  • Drupal and Photoshop experience a plus

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Toys “R” Us Is Officially Back in Business

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Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

For people who grew up roaming endless rows of action figures and testing go-karts at Toys “R” Us, the news of its closing last year felt a little like the official end of childhood.

But we have good news for kids—and kids at heart—everywhere: Toys “R” Us is back in business. And it just opened its first new store at the Westfield Garden State Plaza mall in Paramus, New Jersey. A similar store will open in Houston, Texas in early December.

According to NJ.com, Tru Kids Brands purchased the company’s liquidated assets at an auction last October, and they’ve teamed up with “experiential retailer” b8ta to create smaller, more creative brick-and-mortar stores. At about 6500 square feet, the Paramus store is much more streamlined than the former 40,000-square-foot warehouse-like models.

“Much smaller, but this store is packed with product, packed with amazing brands, packed with innovation, great technology,” Tru Kids Brands CEO Richard Barry said at the grand opening.

That innovation comes in the form of eye-catching toy displays, touch screens, a “Play-a-Round Theater” space for kids to entertain themselves while their parents shop, and even “Geoffrey’s Tree House,” a playhouse at the center of the store, complete with a winding staircase.

In addition to classics like LEGO, Nintendo, and Nerf, the store also features some newer brands, like Paw Patrol, that you won’t recognize from your original adventures as a Toys “R” Us kid.

The experiential establishments aren’t the only way Tru Kids is trying to revive the former toy store—they also recently relaunched the Toys “R” Us website, which now reroutes consumers to Target’s website, where they can complete their purchases.

Inspired to pull your old Hot Wheels and Furbies out of storage to relive their glory days? Not a bad idea, since some of them could be worth a fortune.

[h/t NJ.com]

Warning: That $75 Costco Coupon Circulating on Facebook Is a Scam

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AntonioGuillem/iStock via Getty Images

The promise of $75 to spend at Costco—especially mere weeks from Thanksgiving—is understandably hard to pass up, so it’s no surprise that a coupon advertising just that has been circulating on Facebook for the past several days.

However, ABC7 reports that Costco took to Facebook to set the record straight: It’s a scam. “While we love our fans and our members,” the company said in a post, “this offer is a SCAM, and in no way affiliated with Costco.”

According to Snopes.com, users who click the link to get the coupon are taken to website pages, which are not operated by Costco, that ask them to share their name, address, email address, date of birth, phone number, complete several surveys, and register for “Reward Offers,” which might entail filling out a credit card application or signing up for a subscription service.

With hindsight bias, the operation definitely seems suspicious—but the information it requires really isn’t much different than what we’re used to sharing on the internet. Plenty of companies offer similar coupons that you can claim through social media, and you’ve probably entered your credit card information for at least a free trial or two. Plus, when you’re accustomed to scrolling through your Facebook feed about as fast as your thumbs can go, it’s not hard to overlook the misspelled words or shoddy logos that should be red flags.

If you’ve already clicked on the fake Costco coupon or think you’ve been targeted by phishing or scamming, the company recommends that you contact costcocare@costco.com or report the attempt to the Federal Trade Commission here.

Worried you might be an easy target for cyber scams? Check out these seven pieces of personal information you should think twice about sharing on social media.

[h/t ABC7]

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