Poornashree Rajendra

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13 Secret Things In Winston-Salem You Didn’t Know Existed

1. Remember The Good Old Days At The Clamshell Gas Station<p>Just a little north of Interstate 40, hidden among residences and businesses, is a little …

Wineries

How It Works: Snowmaking 101

Snowmaking is essential to keeping the slopes white and skiable during the winter months. It supplements natural snow, gets trails and terrain open more quickly in the early part of the season, and helps extend the season, on both the front and back end. Before snowmaking, it was common for ski …

Azerbaijan: From Silk Road to Oil Shore

Despite the republic's best efforts to modernize, its legacy of trade and cultural expansion still lingers three centuries later<p>It's evening at the caravansery. Businessmen gather in the garden, summoning skewers of meat, each larger than the last, to their tables. Some head indoors to the <i>chaikhana</i> …

Silk Road

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For the First Time, Math's Top Prize Goes to a Woman

The International Mathematical Union has awarded the Fields Medal to four mathematicians—including, for the first time, a woman: Iranian Maryam …

Why Do We Drive on the Right in the U.S.?

We didn't always travel this way. In the Middle Ages, paranoid knights rode on the left because it was easier to defend themselves from attackers …

Etymology

Five with Four

Good luck with today's mentalfloss.com <b>Brain Game</b> <i>Think Thursday</i> challenge:<p><b>Name the five former U.S. presidents that<br>had last names exactly four letters</b> …

British Columbia

11 Smells That Are Slowly Disappearing

Nothing can trigger a memory so unexpectedly as an aroma. Clove oil immediately transports you to the dentist’s office. Crayola crayons take you back …

15 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Valkyrie

You already knew that if you had to pick one action start to assassinate the Nazi high command, Tom Cruise is the easy choice. But you may not have …

Incredible Photos of the World's Scariest Hike

<b>This story originally appeared in print in the August issue of mental_floss magazine. Subscribe to our print edition here, and our iPad edition …

Etymology

The Unexpectedly Delightful Origins of 15 Common Words

Even some of the most mundane words can have delightful back stories.<p>1. School<p>From Greek <i>skhola</i>, which meant leisure or spare time. What a luxury it …

15 Fascinating Explanations for How Things Got Their Colors

You know pencils are yellow, and nothing points to a classy entrance like a red carpet. But do you know how these items got their iconic colors? Here …

Prince Philip

15 Excellent Bits of Carnival Slang to Add to Your Vocabulary

Even if you’ve never worked on a midway, you can still pepper your speech with delightfully authentic carnival jargon. Start slipping these terms …

What It Means For Airlines When a Celebrity Chef Prepares the Meals

Airlines from around the world have started hooking up with their hometowns’ hottest celebrity chefs in an attempt to create business- and …

In Honor Of National Relaxation Day, Here Are Some Of The Most Relaxing Places On Earth

Some days you just need to sit back and enjoy some beautiful scenery.<p>Today is that day. Friday (August 15) is National Relaxation Day; in honor of that joyous occasion, here are 15 stunning spots you should visit to recharge and detox from everyday life.<p>Whether it's an oceanfront beach, a sparkling …

Sleeping inside a landmark: seven historic buildings reopen their doors

What's old is new again – in New York and in Cusco, on the beach in Uruguay, on a Venetian island – as historic landmarks are reborn as contemporary hotels. While the interiors now feature futuristic amenities from glass-topped spas to Instagram stations, the buildings' colourful pasts remain. You …

The 16 Best Places to Live in the U.S.: 2014

You cast more than 1.5 million votes in our biggest Best Town Ever contest to date. One town may have triumphed, but you loved 15 other amazing places, too—from Burlington Vermont to Anchorage Alaska.<p>But before we reveal the winner, a word on our rankings.<p>This list is ordered by the number of votes …

Adventure Travel

10 Trips That Are Better Taken Solo

By Allison Williams, CNTraveler.com<p>If you have the will (and the way), you can travel just about anywhere, but some trips beg for solo exploration. These are 10 getaways that are even better when you're alone.<p>The 10 Best Small Cities in the U.S.<p>12 Travel Mistakes We All Think We're Too Smart to …