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In simulation, Category 4 hurricane devastated East Coast

ATLANTA (AP) — Just months ago, disaster planners simulated a Category 4 hurricane strike alarmingly similar to the real-world scenario now unfolding on a dangerously vulnerable stretch of the East Coast.<p>A fictional "Hurricane Cora" barreled into southeast Virginia and up the Chesapeake Bay to …

Roads

No plumber, no problem: Conquer drain clogs with these 4 cleaners you can make from pantry staples

There are few things more annoying at home than clogged and smelly drains. Calling a plumber is expensive and inconvenient. Commercial drain cleaners …

38 Non-Flashy Inventions on Amazon That May Not Catch Your Eye, But Hundreds Of Reviewers Swear They Can’t Live Without Them

Ours is a society of hyperbole. Everything is all about the latest and greatest, whether it's the magical cream that promises to make you look like …

An Incredible Brass Band Cover of the Iconic Rage Against the Machine Anthem ‘Killing In the Name’

A fabulous band who call themselves “Brass Against the Machine” perform incredible brass band covers of iconic Rage Against the Machine songs …

In America, Naturalized Citizens No Longer Have an Assumption of Permanence

Last week, it emerged that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (U.S.C.I.S.) had formed a task force in order to identify people who lied on their citizenship applications and to denaturalize them. Amid the overwhelming flow of reports of families being separated at the border and children …

The upside of chronic anxiety: being good in emergencies

‘In dramatic situations, I’ve felt like a regulation hero, but really I’m just a highly anxious person who thrives in a crisis’<p>“I can’t feel anything!” the woman wailed. A taxi driver making a left turn on a snowy Thursday night had plowed into her, and then, realizing what he’d done, reversed, …

Regulation

If Your Mom Doesn't Hold Their Phone Like This Then She's Probably Not A Mom

No really why?

Black Mirror

What Would the Disney Princesses Be For Halloween? This Artist Puts Them in Costumes

Artist Isaiah K. Stephens created this awesome art series, reimagining Disney princes, princesses, and other characters as if they decided to dress …

Via Aurelia: The Roman Empire’s Lost Highway

At first glance, it didn't appear that impressive: a worn limestone pillar, six feet high and two feet wide, standing slightly askew beside a country …

Secret of how Roman concrete survived tidal battering for 2,000 years revealed

It is a mystery that continues to baffle modern engineers. Why do 2,000-year-old Roman piers survive to this day, yet modern concrete seawalls embedded with steel crumble within decades?<p>Even Pliny the Elder, writing in Naturalis Historia in 79AD, noted that concrete structures in ancient harbours, …

15 Period Problems As Told By Animals

That's one angry pussy.

Tampons

Nissan Rogue Dogue is Ready to Pamper Your Pooch

Crossover gets turned into a rolling dog sanctuary<p>Just a month after Nissan Europe unveiled an X-Trail (the European cousin of the Rogue) that was essentially a haven for dogs, Nissan North America has followed suit with a similar one-off project called the Rogue Dogue. Built in collaboration with …

10+ Hilariously Honest Comics By Introvert Artist Sarah Scribbles

Anybody who's familiar with the comics of Sarah Andersen will know how perfectly they summarize the daily struggles of modern life, especially when …

Sumptuous Sets: The Royal Shows and Movies to Binge-Watch After The Crown and Victoria

So, you’ve finished <i>The Crown</i>. You’ve tried Masterpiece’s <i>Victoria</i>. And <i>Downton Abbey</i> is a thing of your past. Are there any more royal movies and TV shows left to binge-watch? Of course there are. But the more apt question may be whether they live up to <i>The Crown</i>’s sumptuous interiors. We admit, it’s …

11 Things Introverts Know to Be True

I'm not in the habit of putting any one group of people into a box. No matter how any of us characterize our personalities — introvert, extrovert, ambivert, whatever — we're all unique and diverse and lovely in our own nonconforming ways, and I get that. I do. At the same time, there's a good …

Personality

My Mom Took Me Overseas and Forced Me Into Being a Teen Bride

Alone in a foreign country, I had to plan my escape on my own.<p><i>by Yasmine Koenig as told to Liz Welch</i><p>I was 6 years old when my two older sisters went to Palestine to "visit family." At least that's what my mom told me.<p>I was born in Chicago, like my sisters, but our parents are Palestinian, born in …

Why I Don't Want To Be Your Mom Friend

Hi Regina,<p>I’m writing in response to the 10 emails about ladies’ night at TGI Friday’s. I’m sorry I didn’t respond the first nine times, but there …

21 Dog Memes That Will Cure Your Bad Day

You need this in your life.

Pets

Why Does My Skin Wrinkle in Water?

<i>WHY? is our attempt to answer all the questions every little kid asks. Do you have a question? Send it to why@mentalfloss.com.</i><p>Have you ever noticed …

Blood Vessels

The Tiny Irish Island That Will Welcome American Refugees

Inishturk, Ireland, has a population of 58 and its people—according to a widely circulated Internet rumor—have offered refuge to any Americans who want to flee from a Donald Trump presidency. This charming documentary by MEL Films, <i>Make Inishturk Great Again</i>, takes us to the sparsely inhabited …

Is weed the new Little Helper for stay-at-home dads?

The first stoner dad I met was my neighbour, Joe.<p>Joe is in his mid-30s, lives with his wife (a checkout clerk at our local grocery store), and is the primary carer for their two-year-old daughter.<p>Most mornings, after Joe's wife leaves for work, he sits in the backyard while his daughter plays, …

Los Angeles

Stray Cat from Burned Down House Brings Her Kittens to Family for Help

A stray cat who had been living in a burnt down house, came to a family nearby looking for help for her and her two little surprises!<p>About a month …

Ginger

Think You’re Having a Bad Day? Read This Poem…and Then Read the Secret Message Hidden In Plain Sight

People often use phrases like “worst day ever” when responding to a question about how their day went — and it’s frequently an exaggeration meant just to convey that it was a bad day in general.<p>A poem that was recently posted in a London bar, according to Mashable, and was tweeted by Ronnie Joice …

26 Places to Get Free Kindle Books

There are so many free Kindle books that are available out there that you could go years and years without having to buy a book for your Kindle.<p>It's …

The True Stories Behind Classic Fairy Tales

Fairy tales, gripping, magical and inspiring, are master narratives. Children subconsciously recall their messages as they grow older, and are forced to cope with real injustices and contradictions in their lives. Some fairy tales are based on legends that incorporated a spiritual belief of the …

Gulf of Mexico 'dead zone' is the size of Connecticut

The Gulf of Mexico's annual spring-summer "dead zone" is the size of Connecticut -- slightly smaller now than in recent years but nowhere near the trim scientists had sought, researchers said this week.<p>Scientists' annual survey found an area of 5,052 square miles of "low oxygen water," or hypoxia, …