Karlo Pondeljak

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This Wasp Turns Spiders Into Zombie Construction Workers

In another post, we were talking about what happens to spiders and their webs when scientists give them a little bit of marijuana and other drugs. …

Insects

How to Pick a Lock

Whether you’re a suave spy or simply a guy who keeps forgetting his keys, lock picking is a handy skill to have. With some practice, you can become …

Mardi Gras

4 Historical Royal Birthing Traditions

We can’t really tell you what it was like in the delivery room of the private Lindo wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in London. But we <i>can</i> tell you what it …

26 Bizarre Animal Mating Habits

We're giving the people what they want: giraffe sex.<p>Don't miss an episode of the mental_floss List Show! Subscribe to our YouTube Channel.<p><i>Don't miss</i> …

7 Famous Songs Written in Less Than a Day

Bob Dylan once said "Tangled Up in Blue" took him ten years to live and two years to write. Sure, some singers pore laboriously over lyrics and …

Michael Shannon

What's Your Best Advice for College Students?

<i>On Fridays, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else's</i> …

7 of John Adams' Greatest Insults

A man whose wit was matched only by the looseness of his tongue, the combative John Adams quickly acquired a hefty reputation for articulate jabs and …

16 Words That Are Much Older Than They Seem

Every generation likes to think it invented slang anew, but often the latest words are actually very old. Here are 16 words that are much older than …

12 Historical Speeches Nobody Ever Heard

For every speech, there are a bunch of versions that ended up on the writers' room floor. Here are 12 speeches that were written but, for a variety …

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Do Records Really Sound Warmer Than CDs?

We’ve all no doubt heard the countless claims about how vinyl simply sounds “better” and “warmer” than today’s digital music. And this belief is …

The Arts

Last Week's Most Popular Stories

In case you weren't obsessively refreshing mentalfloss.com all week, here's what you missed.<p>1. The Grammar Rules Behind 3 Commonly Disparaged …

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 …

Astronomy

16 Amazing Places to Visit Via Google Street View

When Google Maps first rolled out the Street View feature in 2007, its collection of images was restricted to destinations within the United States, …

The Name of the Wind

• <b>Author:</b> Patrick Rothfuss<p>The riveting first-person narrative of a young man who grows to be the most notorious magician his world has ever seen. From his childhood in a troupe of traveling players, to years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime- ridden city, to his daringly brazen yet successful …

Books