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  1. Things We Saw Today: A Cthulhu Engagement Ring Perfect For A R’lyeh Wedding

    Iä! Iä! Cthulhu fhtagn!

    In addition to creating a bunch of awesome TARDIS and lightsaber-themed jewelry, DTEK Designs created this beautiful custom engagement ring for a couple of Cthulhu lovers. It will probably not kill them. Probably. (via Fashionably Geek)

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  2. Eating Green, Unripe Peas Was Once Considered Madness and 22 Other Thanksgiving Food Facts

    9/10 kids—or one full-grown blogger—agree that eating peas is madness.

    "This is madness!" "THIS. IS. THANKSGIVING." *Kick.*

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  3. John Green Tells You 25 Things You Might Not Know About Harry Potter

    Yes, even you, intense Potterhead. Even you.

    Over at Mental Floss, everyone's awesome uncle John Green tells you a bunch of things you might not know about your favorite franchise. As someone who considers themselves a pretty hardcore Potter fan, I was surprised at how much I learned from this video—which only stoked my intense fangirl fires even more. HARRY POTTER FOREVERRREITGIFHDKFDGHHH

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  4. Learn 33 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Toys in this Mental Floss Video

    What's "G.I." stand for in G.I. Joe?

    John Green is back with the latest episode of Mental Floss on Youtube to explain 33 facts about toys. Learn the origin of Play-Doh, which state has the Slinky as its official toy, and a lot more in a little more than eight minutes.

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  5. Mental Floss Video Examines 20 Commonly-Held Misconceptions About Sex

    I did not know that about corn flakes.

    Mental Floss wants to clear a couple of things up about human anatomy and the purpose of one ubiquitous breakfast cereal.

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  6. Chuck Norris Taught Bob Barker Karate, and 47 Other Celebrity Hobbies From John Green and Mental Floss

    Don't mess with Barker.

    Remember in Happy Gilmore when Bob Barker beats the hell out of Adam Sandler? Turns out Bob Barker could probably really beat the hell out of Adam Sandler, and almost anyone. He took karate lessons from Chuck Norris for eight years. That's just one of 48 celebrity hobbies that John Green points out in this Mental Floss video.

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  7. Mental Floss Looks At American Regional Foods You Shouldn’t Eat Just Anywhere

    And some you should probably eat... never.

    In this week's Mental Floss video, John Green takes a look at 60 of America's most distinctive dishes. If like me you don't know your scrapple from your avocado pie, the video is a great reminder of how distinct the different regions of our country can be. Although we all seem to eat a lot of cake.

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  8. John Green Drops Some Knowledge About Newspaper Comic Strips in His Latest Mental Floss Video

    So many facts in so little time.

    Do you want to very quickly learn a bunch of stuff about newspaper comic strips? Then let John Green give you 27 facts about them in about eight minutes. You'll learn about the first comic strip, what Jim Davis thought about Garfield Without Garfield, and more, so watch and learn.

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  9. Let’s Take a Break From All This Valentine’s Stuff and Learn About Word Origins With John Green

    What's the origin of "species"?

    Words are weird, and so are their origins. Why do we call people "dunces"? Why do put the "kibosh" on things? Learn those origins and more from Mental Floss' own John Green in this video.

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  10. Learn About the Origins of 27 Winter Holiday Traditions with John Green and Mental Floss

    Maybe we'll finally figure out why "mistletoe" is even a thing.

    Traditions are a very weird thing that humans do. Like, who decided to cut trees down and throw them in our living rooms all covered with shiny things so that Jesus would notice us on his birthday? In fact, the origins of most winter holiday traditions are a bit murky, so John Green is here to tell you all about them.

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