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6 Alternative Dictionaries Every Bookshelf Needs

It can be hard to realize, nowadays, that there is a life beyond Noah Webster's dictionary of the English language (if you're American) and the …

Human evolution: the next stages

There have been a number of speculations lately concerning the eventual form humankind will take, particularly with regards to the role technology …

Our 25 Most Popular Stories of 2013 (So Far)

Now that we've passed the halfway point of 2013, let’s look back at the most popular stories on mentalfloss.com from the last six months.<p>1. 45 …

6 Unconventional Uses for the Tennis Ball

Wimbledon is upon us! And the oldest tennis tournament on the planet has put a hot spotlight on the sport's best and brightest. And by best and …

Crows Remember Who Wronged Them

I always thought the way crows seem to examine humans was a little creepy. As it turns out, I was right; they're looking at you so they can tell if …

7 Experimental Adventures in Classical Music

Some composers play it safe and write music that makes easy listening. Others like testing the limits. Here are some unique experiments in classical …

Be Employable, Study Philosophy

It must be summer. In anticipation of fall course schedules, several people have asked what I think someone who wants to be a journalist should study.<p>…

This column will change your life: learn to work like Karl Marx

First let me clarify something: yes, I <i>do</i> appreciate the awful irony in scouring a new biography of Karl Marx for productivity tips, as I found myself …

Oxford Institute Forecasts The Possible Doom Of Humanity

What's the greatest threat to our species' continued existence? Take a look in the mirror.<p>Most of us are content to just worry about the future of humanity in our spare time, but there's an entire group of academics at Oxford University in England who make that their professional mission.<p>Each …

Having Sex and Watching Cows: 20 Eccentric Daily Rituals of Great Thinkers

<b>Looking for ways</b> to spark creativity? Try working up a gigantic hangover (Francis Bacon), or fondling yourself (Thomas Wolfe), or going out to stare at cows (Gertrude Stein), or pouring water on yourself until your bathroom floods into your neighbor's apartment (Beethoven). These are but a few of …

The Pros and Cons of Abandoning the Word 'Feminist'

The term is great for rallying the converted. For everyone else, though, it's a PR liability.<p>Gerald Herbert/AP Images<p>When I was a senior in college and a recent convert to feminism, I bought one of those "This is What a FEMINIST Looks Like!" t-shirts, and it quickly became my favorite item of …

What We Mean When We Say 'Race Is a Social Construct'

In a world where Kevin Garnett, Harold Ford, and Halle Berry all check "black" on the census, even the argument that racial labels refer to natural differences in physical traits doesn't hold up.<p>Andrew Sullivan and Freddie Deboer have two pieces up worth checking out. I disagree with Andrew's …

Why Should We Even Care If the Government Is Collecting Our Data?

Kafka, not Orwell, can help us understand the problems of digitized mass surveillance, argues legal scholar Daniel J. Solove.<p>nickboos/Flickr<p>As people have tried to make sense of the recent revelations about the government's mass data-collection efforts, one classic text is experiencing a spike in …

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, …

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 …

What has happened to the French joie de vivre?

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/988000/988506_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534591392_7c497294b7864a2ae396d2200a0b98f0<p><b>Everyone in Europe is feeling the economic pain. So why do opinion polls show that the French are particularly gloomy, compared with other Europeans?</b> …

'Killer robots' pose threat to peace and should be banned, UN warned

"Killer robots" that could attack targets autonomously without a human pulling the trigger pose a threat to international stability and should be …

What it Means to be a Self-Made Man | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Rob Goodman and Jimmy Soni,</i> <i>co-authors of</i> Rome’s Last Citizen: The Life and Legacy of Cato.<p>Cato the …

100 Best Debut Albums of All Time

100<p>‘The Fame’<p>Lady Gaga<br>Interscope, 2009<p>The title sounded like wishful thinking when Stefani Germanotta's album arrived in August 2008 to a shrug from …

The 40 Greatest Stoner Albums

40<p>Wilco, ‘Sky Blue Sky’<p>Irony alert: the record about Jeff Tweedy’s post-rehab coolout period is by far Wilco's weediest. Elegant and mellow, rich …

This is why you see @CosimaWagner on Twitter and not Richard. Two more days of @GilbertConducts and A Ring Journey! http://t.co/WkiTzs5efQ

How to pronounce the names of composers

Classical music... according to Google Autocomplete

Classical music will never be the same again once you've seen it through the eyes of Google Autocomplete.

Classical Music

Just a friendly reminder to not lose your head over Strauss's birthday today. #dontbethatguy http://t.co/YyJ4clhu6B

How to spot a Stradivarius - Challenge your musical ear

As the Ashmolean in Oxford opens its Stradivarius exhibition, the Telegraph arranged for a young musician to play the fabled Serdet - an original Stradivarius from 1666, her own 18th century instrument and a £39.99 violin from Tesco.<p>But are you able to choose which is the more illustrious, based …

Keith Richards on Drugs: ‘All Experiments Come to an End’

Keith Richards is celebrating 50 years of the Rolling Stones this summer, a party which now includes the July cover of <i>Men’s Journal</i>, on sale tomorrow.<p>…

A photo that's been making the rounds, but one appropriate for our bassoon-centric Dukas this week. http://t.co/wbEFUTntUY