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Scientists Finally Crack The Code Of The Ancient 'Phaistos Disk'

Scientists have been trying to decipher the mysterious "Phaistos Disk" ever since the 4,000-year-old clay disk was discovered in 1908 on the Greek island of Crete.<p>But no one seems to have been able to translate the mysterious language inscribed on the disk, which dates back to 1700 B.C. and the …

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I Cheated On My Girlfriend For A Year And The Way She Found Out Was Absolutely Terrifying (For Both Of Us)

I cheated on my girlfriend within the first two weeks of our relationship. A friend of a friend, this girl and I made out at a gay bar while watching …

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The DEA seized 17 million pounds of marijuana; enough to give everyone in the world two joints

Between January 2005 and October 2011, there were more than 128,000 drug seizures by the US Customs and DEA, reports show. What they didn’t tell us …

The Origins of 10 Great Insults

Insults involving body parts, and the things that come out of them, are as old as time. PG-rated slang terms, however, usually have a richer but more …

How All 50 States Got Their Names

<b>Alabama</b><p>Before Europeans landed on American shores, the upper stretches of the Alabama River in present-day Alabama used to be the home lands of a …

The Very First Issues of 19 Famous Magazines

These magazines have come a long way since Volume 1, Issue 1. Here's what they looked like way back in the beginning.<p>1. Time<p><b>Date:</b> March 3, 1923<p>The …

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The Ultimate 28 Step Cheat Sheet To Self-Publish Your Best Seller

I know you have a book in you and you are ready to get it out. I know that not because I am psychic but because you are reading this. I know I have …

Happy Virus Appreciation Day!

According to several of those sites where you can find a holiday for anything, October 3rd is Virus Appreciation Day. Nobody seems to know why this …

10 Brutal Serial Killers And The Chilling Art They Created

The following 10 psychopaths are the very definition of pure evil<p>If you combined all of their respective sickening and twists deeds, you'd have …

Miss Cellania’s Top 20 Weird News Stories of 2013

One of the ways we celebrate the end of the work week here at mental_floss is to round up the oddest news stories for The Weird Week in Review. Not …

Death And Taxes | SPIN

Barack Obama's recent sit-down with David Letterman may not be his only cameo on Netflix. The former president is said to be in advanced …

Charles Manson Today: The Final Confessions of a Psychopath

He's nearly 80 and his Family is smaller, but darkness still surrounds America's most notorious criminal<p>In California's San Joaquin Valley, about …

Cannonball Is the iPad Email App You've Been Waiting For

If you generally prefer checking email on a phone rather than a tablet, Cannonball may change your mind.<p>Cannonball, a five-person startup from …

America's Best Haunted Houses (PHOTOS)

Americans love a good scare as long as it doesn't involve the debt ceiling.<p>That may be why the Halloween industry has gone from a $1 billion a year industry in 1996 to a $10 billion one, according to HauntWorld.com, a trade magazine covering the boo biz.<p>HauntWorld editor Larry Kirchner says the …

Does the World Need Revolt TV?

Revolt TV<p>Is it 1981 all over again?<p>Monday marks the launch (in select markets) of Revolt TV, a new startup network fromSean "Diddy" Combs that …

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The rise and fall of Silk Road’s heroin kingpin

Nod’s black-tar heroin had a certain sweetness to it. Many customers fell in love at first taste.<p>After all, they’d been through a lot. Before Nod, …

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Gut feelings: the future of psychiatry may be inside your stomach

Her parents were running out of hope. Their teenage daughter, Mary, had been diagnosed with a severe case of obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD), as well as ADHD. They had dragged her to clinics around the country in an effort to thwart the scary, intrusive thoughts and the repetitive behaviors …

132-Pound Scrotum Removed From Las Vegas Man

A 132-pound scrotum was surgically removed from a Las Vegas man. Wesley Warren, age 49, lived with the deformity for over four years.<p>Warren suffers …

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The Robotic Search For Lost World War II Airmen

World War II combat pilots have been lost at the bottom of the Pacific ocean for nearly 70 years. Now autonomous robots have been deployed to find them.<p><i>Click here to see the gallery</i><p>On a bright morning in mid-March, Pat Scannon stands on the deck of a 40-foot catamaran looking for an airplane hidden …

If William Shakespeare Had Written Star Wars

Though <b>William Shakespeare</b> regularly dominates surveys of the greatest literature of all time, he remains a surprisingly controversial figure of literary history — while some believe The Bard profoundly changed modern life, others question whether he wrote anything at all. Doubts of authorship …

Is Kickstarter Hostile To Science?

By discouraging a promising science project, Kickstarter could be encouraging corporate monopolies, enabling sloppy legislation, and keeping cool glow-in-the-dark plants out of our houses.<p>On July 31, Kickstarter updated its guidelines to include this sentence: "Projects cannot offer genetically …

Leonardo Dicaprio Spotted On Controversial Jetpack, Could It Be Destroying Wildlife?

Leonardo Dicaprio isn’t the only one riding around on these new controversial water powered jetpacks that have scientists worried about the …

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Destroying Elephant Ivory Stockpiles: No Easy Matter

Changing Planet<p>When the Philippines destroyed its five-ton stockpile of seized elephant tusks on June 21, it marked not only the first time an ivory-consumingnation took such a public action but also the first time a country took key steps to guarantee that it could not re-enter the black …

5 Extreme Life-Forms That Live on the Edge

<b>We humans think we’re pretty hot stuff—but that depends on what you’re measuring. When it comes to enduring harsh conditions, for example, there are creatures in this world that make us look like a bunch of cupcakes.</b><p>Meet the extremophiles, so-called because they can withstand environments so …

Pictures: Afghanistan’s Looted and Lost Heritage

Some of Afghanistan's greatest cultural treasures are out of the hands of archaeologists—and on the black market.

Jane Goodall on Why We Should Help the Serengeti

Animal-rich region is the "essence of Africa," famed scientist says.<p><b>Serengeti National Park in Tanzania is home to the largest migration of land animals on the planet: More than two million mammals roam its 11,500 square miles (30,000 square kilometers).</b><p>But like so many natural areas in today's …