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Why Do So Many Diners Look Like Train Cars?

It depends.<p>First, a little history. The concept of citizen’s arrest is usually traced back to medieval Britain, where local sheriffs often relied on …

American Cities

Why is Friday the 13th Considered Unlucky?

Today, people around the globe will feel uneasy about getting out of bed, leaving their homes, or going about their normal daily routines, all …

11 Wonderful Winter Weather Terms

When winter bears down, it can be hard to think of anything outside of how much you hate (or love!) the snow and ice. But there’s more to winter …

Crystals

The Most Interesting Comics of the Week

<i>Every Wednesday, I preview the most interesting new comics hitting comic shops, Comixology, Kickstarter and the web.</i><p>1. Parker: Slayground<p><b>By Darwyn</b> …

Graphic Novels

15 Fascinating Facts About Julia Child

<b>By Alyson Sheppard</b><p><i>GEICO’s customer service is every bit as delightful as getting a day off to play in the snow. Here are a few projects to keep you</i> …

Fudge

The 10 Greatest Books Ever, According to 125 Top Authors (Download Them for Free)

Earlier this month, we highlighted The 10 Greatest Films of All Time According to 846 Film Critics. Featuring films by Hitchcock, Kubrick, Welles and …

Australia’s Infinite Stairway to Heaven

<i>Diminish and Ascend</i> is a sculptural installation by artist David McCracken that, from certain angles, looks like a never-ending staircase. Part of the annual event known as Sculpture by the Sea in Bondi, Australia, the staircase is one of the most eye-catching pieces at the outdoor exhibition this …

Australia

8 Things You Might Not Know About the Louvre

This weekend, New York City’s American Museum of Natural History opens its latest exhibit, The Power of Poison. There, visitors will get up close and …

The Science of "Breaking the Seal"

If you like beer, and like it in large quantities, this might be a familiar scenario: You sit down at the bar, get a beer and drink it. You drink …

Beverages

Math Square #192

Good luck with today's <b>mentalfloss.com</b> Brain Game, <i>Monday Math Square #192:</i><p><b>Place the digits 1 through 9 in the white blanks so that the mathematical</b> …

Equations

8 Things You Might Not Know About the Louvre

Sure, you know that bees pollinate our crops and give us honey. But there's so much more to these buzzing insects than that.<p>1. Their sting has some …

Why Do I Wake Up Right Before My Alarm Goes Off?

Because your body’s internal clock is just as good, if not better, than the contraption shrieking atop your nightstand.<p>At the center of your brain, a …

This car has no engine, no transmission, no differential

The car is all electric and has no emissions. “You can use wind power or solar power, and contribute toward reducing our dependency on fossil oils,” …

9 Things You Didn't Know About Poison

Snow White totally could have happened<p>A new exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History explores the weird and wonderful world of poisons. Curated by evolutionary biologist Mark Siddall, “The Power of Poison” recreates a Columbian forest filled with deadly natural toxins, delves into the …

Does ESP Exist? 11 Premonitions That Came True

Though some psychologists and natural scientists remain skeptical, many agree telepathic abilities and related phenomena exist.<p>Chris Carter, an …

11 Absurdly Awesome Inventions

They say necessity is the mother of invention, but some of these are making us think twice.<p>1. “Animal-trap”<p>Mousetraps can be so anticlimactic, but …

11 Words for People Who Hate Certain Things

Haters gonna hate. And with the Greek roots <i>mis-</i> and <i>miso-</i>, they can hate a whole lot of stuff.<p>1. Misodoctakleidist<p>Someone who hates practicing the …

Florida

I Love Trash

Today's <b>mentalfloss.com</b> Brain Game <i>Tuesday Test Time</i> asks you to break down an eight-letter word, one letter at a time. Are you up to the challenge?<p><b>By</b> …

What Are The Health Benefits of Drinking Wine?

Louis Pasteur once proclaimed, “Wine is the most healthful and most hygienic of beverages.” It turns out he was right (in moderation, of course). …

Breast Cancer

The Fibber

Can you solve the Word Ladder in today's mentalfloss.com <b>Brain Game</b> <i>Wednesday Wordplay</i> challenge in five steps or fewer? Prove it!<p>By changing one …

24 Unintended Scientific Discoveries

On this week's episode of our YouTube show, guest host Derek Muller of Veritasium looks at unintended discoveries such as the pacemaker, Post-it …

Where Did the Phrase "Ay Yai Yai" Come From?

It happened to me just this morning, when I was fiddling with my closet doors, trying to get them back on their tracks so they would slide correctly. …

Red Around

Here's a new "Fun with Flags" episode for today's <i>Think Thursday</i> challenge at the mentalfloss.com <b>Brain Game</b>. Good luck!<p><b>Which U.S. state's flag is the</b> …

3 Reasons for Syllabically Ambiguous Words

Do you say car-a-mel or car-mel? Is your “fire” closer to fah-yer or fayr? There is a group of words in English that can be pronounced with two …

What's the Real Origin of "OK"?

"OK" is the all-purpose American expression that became an all-purpose English expression that became an all-purpose expression in dozens of other …

Language

15 Wonderful Words for Delightful Experiences

Some situations are just too perfect for words, but these bits of lovely lingo will shorten that list ever so slightly.<p>1. Petrichor<p>The scent of rain …

The Paradoxical Traits Of Resilient People

Resilient people develop a mental capacity that allows them to adapt with ease during adversity. Like bamboo, they bend but rarely break. How resilient are you?<p>Journalist Hara Estroff Marano once wrote in a <i>Psychology Today</i> article “The Art of Resilience”:<p>“Resilience may be an art, the ultimate art …