Maryanna Guillet

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South Africa

7 Gorgeous Old Illustrations of Sea Creatures

The ocean is full of incredible creatures vying for our attention. The Rare Book Room at the American Museum of Natural History is giving them the …

Track Down

The Evolution of Punctuating Paragraphs Through 5 Specific Markers

If you write, you punctuate. At the very lowest level of punctuation lies the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it space that separates words; above it are the …

Linguistics

17 Offbeat Holidays You Can Celebrate in October

No need to wait until the 31st to start celebrating. October is full of party hat-worthy holidays.<p>1. OCTOBER 2: NATIONAL CUSTODIAL WORKERS DAY<p>Because …

Snakes Use Limb-Enhancer Genes to Grow Penises

130 million years ago, some snakes might have had limbs, even though they didn't use them to move around. According to a new study in the journal</i> …

Why Are They Called Gummy Bears?

In 1920, Hans Riegel, a down-on-his-luck, 27-year-old confectionary worker from Bonn, Germany, quit his job and began making sweets in his kitchen …

World War II

25 Things You Didn’t Know About San Francisco

You know your bays and bridges, but here are 25 unreal facts you might not have known about the Golden City.<p><b>1.</b> The Chinese fortune cookie was …

Interlocking Coasters Let You Build a Cactus

Designer Clive Roddy is known for his fun creations, from a spoon lamp to a doorstop that resembles <i>The Great Wave off Kanagawa.</i> Roddy also sells …

Pop Culture

What States Are Using What Curse Words?

Today's series of maps come from linguist Jack Grieve. Grieve looks at specific words in geotagged Tweets and converts them into maps that show where …

Infographics

Blue Whales Maintain Their Size By Eating Smart

When blue whales, the Earth’s largest animals, are shown feeding on krill in nature documentaries, it looks like an all-you-can-eat buffet. The …

10 Nifty Tips For Becoming a Successful Criminal, According to Harry Houdini

In 1906, world-famous magician Harry Houdini published a guide to crime and its prevention called <i>The Right Way to Do Wrong</i>. It began, “There is an …

Ian Fleming

This Hoodie Lets You Wear Your Cat

Cat lovers of the world, rejoice. Instead of merely snuggling with your favorite feline, you can now <i>wear</i> it with the Mewgaroo, a hooded sweatshirt by …

106 of the Least Popular Baby Names in American History

The SSA website gives the top 1000 boy and girl names (as reported on Social Security card applications) for each year from 1880 onward. If you look …

12 Things You Didn't Know About 'The Thinker'

Few sculptures are as iconic as Auguste Rodin's <i>The Thinker</i>. Even if you think you know all there is to this contemplative carving, we'd wager there …

Scientists Share Their Most Adorable Animal Photos With #Cuteoff

If there’s anything Twitter hashtags are good for it’s sharing cute animal pictures. Over a week ago, the scientists of Twitter started an informal …

When Is the Best Time to See Fall Foliage?

In some cold-weather climates, fall tends to be the most picturesque season. Entire swaths of forest turn vibrant, fiery colors, creating a varied …

6 Vintage Games We Should Bring Back

If you haven't visited before, I highly recommend whiling away an hour at the website of the Museum of Play. It's simply packed with all the toys and …

Middle Age

Amazing Discovery: We Have a New Human Relative

They were slender and tall for their kind, on average standing about 5 feet tall and weighing just under 100 pounds. Their brains were tiny—about the …

Anthropology

Fish Was Once Currency in Newfoundland

Bartering has been around far longer than paper money or coins. For hundreds of years in Newfoundland, Canada, economic activity relied on a very …

21 Surprising Historical Duties of the Wedding Party

<i>Jen Doll, author of</i> Save the Date: The Occasional Mortifications of a Serial Wedding Guest, <i>reveals what used to be expected of bridesmaids,</i> …

For These Penguins, Monogamy Means Doing Your Own Thing

Plenty of mate-for-life animals have become symbols of commitment, love, and fidelity for humankind. Among others, the monogamist club includes …

10 Starry Facts About Contact

“Are we alone in the universe?” Countless movies have asked that question, but few have given it more thought than this 1997 adaptation of Carl …

Mary Magdalene

Why Do I Breathe Air?

<i>Kids ask a lot of questions.</i> mental_floss <i>has answers. This week we launched WHY?, our new series for kids and parents. We'll tackle all types of</i> …

Watch: How Squid, Octopus, and Cuttlefish Skin Works

In this video from QUED Science's Deep Look, we get an up-close look at how and why cephalopods' skin changes colors. The video is presented in 4K …

10 Dangerous Toys from Decades Past (and the Commercials That Sold Them)

Baby Boomers are a hardy bunch. They rode in cars that weren’t equipped with special toddler seats, walked to and from school without being …

Pop Culture

30 Fascinating Facts About Your Favorite Disney Animations

Though Disney often deals in fairy tales, not every one of the legendary animation company’s productions has been a case of smooth sailing. From …

Animation

Bear Rehab Teaches Grizzlies Not to Attack Humans

In natural areas like state parks where there are high concentrations of humans, it’s not uncommon for grizzly bears to become accustomed to …