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How to Spot a Sociopath (Hint: It Could Be You)

A dishy book from an avowed sociopath has stirred up an awkward debate: perhaps all of us have a bit of the personality disorder. Caitlin Dickson on …

11 Historical Figures Who Were Really Bad At Spelling

Do you struggle with spelling bees? Do you always seem to get “lose” and “loose” mixed up? Would you recoil in terror if spell-check ever stopped …

Literature

8 Disney Sequels That Didn't Happen

We've covered Disney movies that never managed to battle their way out of development hell. What I purposely left out were sequels, because some of …

Literature

"Breakfast on Mars," the Book Your Middle-Schooler Needs

There's a new book by Ransom Riggs, Chris Higgins (me), and dozens of other terrific writers. It's called <i>Breakfast on Mars</i>, and it features essays …

Books

Does the "Hand in Warm Water" Trick Really Work?

As the kids head off to summer camp, many of them will partake in the timeless tradition of trying to get their friends to pee themselves by slipping …

International Olympic Committee

Cookie Time

Good luck with today's mentalfloss.com <b>Brain Game</b> <i>Tuesday Test Time</i> challenge:<p><b>By removing one letter from the mix at each step,<br>and rearranging the</b> …

Amazing

6 Actors Who Took Their Roles Off-Screen

As any thespian will tell you, acting is Very Serious Work. Asking a performer to recite a famous line of dialogue may get you a glare at best—or a …

Helen Mirren

Quit With the Chaotic Courtesy

Our society likes to celebrate the commonly-held opinion that random acts of kindness are a good thing. Help someone you don’t know. Lend a hand to a …

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4 Subtle Changes to English People Hardly Notice

Everyone knows that language changes. It's easy to pick out words that have only been recently introduced (bromance, YOLO, derp) or sentence …

Linguistics

10 Facts About Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl

In 1947, the seemingly everyday, innocent thoughts of a teen girl were published. But they weren’t so everyday: they were the thoughts of Anne Frank, …

Literature

Bon Appétit

Ten thousandth near-Earth object discovered

More than 10,000 asteroids and comets that can pass near Earth have now been discovered. The 10,000th near-Earth object, asteroid 2013 MZ5, was first …

Astronomy

Woman Drinks Coke Instead Of Water For 16 Years

A real-life Super Size Me, only for 16 years instead of a month. Want to take a guess what happens to your body?<p>A 31-year-old Monaco woman was recently admitted to the hospital after suffering arrhythmia and fainting spells. Her potassium levels were found to be absurdly, dangerously low. These are …

Juniper Mold Threatens World Supplies Of Gin

The organism, discovered just five years ago, is closely related to the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine.<p>A fungus-like pathogen, first discovered just five years ago, now is wreaking havoc on juniper trees in the U.K.<p>This is the first time that this mold, called <i>Phytophthora …

Scientists Confirm Three Potentially Habitable Planets Around A Nearby Star

<i>Astronomers from the European Space Observatory have confirmed that there are three potentially habitable worlds around the red dwarf Gliese 667C.</i><p>Scientists at the European Southern Observatory announced today that they’ve confirmed the existence of three planets existing in the habitable zone of …

6 Awesome Aircraft From The 2013 Paris Air Show

Last week, the airplanes of the future filled the sky over Paris. Here are our favorites.<p><i>Click here to enter the gallery</i><p>The future of aviation was on display at the 50th Paris Air Show, a biennial exposition of aircraft that has happened every other year since 1909, with exceptions made during WWI …

Immigration vote set for Wednesday

The Senate is scheduled to vote on final approval of the “border surge” amendment on Wednesday morning, checking off another item from its to-do list as the chamber gets closer to passing the full immigration bill.<p>The vote is scheduled to occur at 11:30 a.m. It had been scheduled for 1 a.m. …

House GOPer: Without DOMA there’d be sham marriages

Rep. John Fleming argued that straight people would pretend to be gay and marry “only for practical reasons”<p>Rep. John Fleming, R-La., argued against overturning the Defense of Marriage Act because, as he described, without the law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman for the purposes …

Senate's Lone Black Republican Praises Supreme Court Voting Rights Act Decision

"Punishing six southern states because of past failures does not help us in the present and certainly does not help find our path to the future," says Tim Scott.<p>WASHINGTON — Sen. Tim Scott, the only black Republican in the Senate, backed the Supreme Court's decision to strike down key parts of the …

14 Important Moments From The Passing Of The Voting Rights Act

A key provision of the law was struck down today. How the historic bill was passed in 1965.

The NSA's PRISM Surveillance Program Only Gathers Info On Stupid Terrorists

Only terrorism's idiots do.<p>Leonid Bershidsky of Bloomberg writes:<p>The infrastructure set up by the National Security Agency, however, may only be good for gathering information on the stupidest, lowest-ranking of terrorists. The Prism surveillance program focuses on access to the servers of …

Surveillance

Why is the IRS “targeting” free software?

Never mind the Tea Party and Occupy; the tax man was also giving open source software a cold stare<p>The more we learn about the so-called IRS Tea Party targeting scandal, the less there seems to be alarmed about. On Monday, Alex Seitz-Wald reported that the IRS was also looking into groups with the …

8 Times The Voting Rights Act Stopped Voting Laws From Changing

The provision of the historic civil rights law struck down Tuesday has been used to keep voting changes considered to have discriminatory effect from happening.<p>The Department of Justice called the measure discriminatory, saying it would disqualify people from voting, "simply because they failed to …