Brandon Wiedemeier

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Zombies, Fire Drills, and Bad Decision-Making

Imagine that the dead have risen from their graves. They’ve gotten into a building you’re hiding out in. You slink down the hallway and enter what …

Why Won’t These Bugs Cross This Line?

One of the most tightly-controlled borders in the world is a strip of forest in northwest Tasmania. It runs almost 125 miles and separates two areas …

What New Buildings Are Changing Architecture?

These modern creations are poised to change the way we design buildings for generations to come.<p>Burj Khalifa, Dubai<p>Towering 2,722 feet over the sands …

Skyscrapers

The Bitcoin Paycheck

The police chief in tiny Vicco, Kentucky, is set to be the first public servant in the nation to be paid in Bitcoin. It was his request, so why …

During the First Lunar Landing, the Soviets Crashed Into the Moon

While Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were concluding humanity's first Moonwalk, the Soviets made an oopsie: their Luna 15 probe crashed into the …

What is Proper Handshake Etiquette Around the World?

First impressions mean everything, and most of the time, they start with a handshake. Here’s what you need to know to make the locals happy on your …

United Arab Emirates

The Science Behind Why the Earth Isn't Flat

What makes a word the word of the year? Different authorities use different criteria in making their selections. Last month, Oxford Dictionaries …

Flat Earth Society

Meet Javier Botet: The Actor Behind Some of Your Favorite Monsters

When Walt Disney’s daughters were young, they <i>loved</i> a little book about a magical (and slightly sadistic) nanny named Mary Poppins. He promised them …

Mary Poppins

Where Did the Ex-Confederate Leaders Go After the Confederacy Was Defeated by the Union?

The White House flag is flying at half-staff to mourn the passing of Nelson Mandela. This has become a well-recognized symbol of national grieving, …

The Weird Week in Review

World Record Gingerbread House Attracts Tourists, Bees<p>The Texas A&M Traditions Club has built the world's biggest gingerbread house in Bryan, Texas. …

World Records

How Did the Standing Ovation Originate?

There’s nothing better after a hard day’s work than kicking back with some friends and downing a few cocktails. For bars, pubs, and restaurants, the …

The Planning of Pearl Harbor

On this date in 1941, the Imperial Japanese Navy launched an incredibly daring, technically sophisticated combined naval-aerial surprise attack on …

New ISS Timelapse: "The World Outside My Window"

The International Space Station is up there right now, taking pictures and sending them back to Earth. Enterprising video editors take those images …

Time-lapse Photography

Lycra, the Fabric of Spacetime

In this video, physics teacher Dan Burns explains gravity using a sheet of lycra as the "fabric of spacetime." It's a classic demo, and you can even …

Last Week's Most Popular Stories

In case you weren't obsessively refreshing mentalfloss.com all week, here's what you missed.<p>1. 12 Obvious Things Confirmed by Science, by Lucas Reilly<p>…

Etiquette

8 Things You Might Not Know About the Louvre

Last night an offensive tweet from a PR executive on her way to Africa sparked a social media firestorm. By the time she landed, her employer, Barry …

Civil Service

11 Amazing Thank You Notes From Famous People

Letters of Note is one of our favorite places to hang out. Since 2009 the site has curated hundreds of interesting letters, telegrams, memos and …

10 Amazing Letters From Presidents

We’ve scoured the Letters of Note archives once again, this time for notes from men who would hold or were holding the highest office in the land. …

Why Do So Many Diners Look Like Train Cars?

Good morning, moon. Didn’t realize you decided to stick around after we bid farewell last night. What are you doing up in that blue sky anyway? It’s …

Food & Dining

12 Wonderful Homemade Christmas Cards

I was delighted in December of 1997 when my brother sent a Christmas card he made featuring the sonogram of their unborn first child wearing a Santa …

Christmas Cards

11 of the Richest People in History

Coming up with a definitive list of the richest people of all time is almost impossible, thanks to the difficulties that arise with comparing …

Watch: A 2-Minute History Of American Industrial Design

The design movement that revolutionized consumer goods, explained.<p>If you were born after a certain year, then buying toothpaste that doesn’t come with the promise of whitening your snappers is unthinkable.<p>As explained by the animated short from The Open University‘s series on 20th century design, …