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18 Terrifying Old Costumes You Can't Unsee

Costumes were scarier back in the day. They just were. Back before Halloween was sexy, before it was owned by Disney, back before everyone realized …

50 Science Misconceptions - mental_floss on YouTube (Ep.18)

What 10 Everyday Situations Cost the Economy

What happens when you consider the larger cost of everyday annoyances? Statistics!<p>1. Hangovers<p>If you think you feel bad after a bender, consider the …

18 Delightfully Artistic Vintage STD Posters

While sexually transmitted diseases are certainly a serious problem, the taboo topic has led to some amazing Public Safety Announcements, …

Great Depression
Basketball

Searching for Dwight Howard

The uncertain destiny of the self-proclaimed Superman can be broken down into 10 simple realities<p>You know where this is headed. Unless Patrick …

Our 25 Most Popular Stories of 2013 - Mental Floss

Why A Chain Falling Out Of A Cup Appears To Defy Gravity

This is a video explaining why a chain falling out of a cup appears to defy gravity briefly before spilling to the ground. Basically the chain …

MillerCoors Goes Landfill Free

The largest brewery in the nation, MillerCoors, announced it has succeeded in becoming the first brewery to be landfill-free.<p>Among the more than …

Phil Hartman's SNL Bloopers

I miss Phil Hartman. Here's a small collection of Hartman breaking character, cracking up, and otherwise messing up on <i>Saturday Night Live</i>. My …

Fish

What's the Difference Between a Street and a Road?

<i>Reader Brit asks: "Is there any rhyme or reason to calling a road an avenue, a boulevard, a street or a lane? Is it just at the discretion of whoever</i> …

New York City

(Almost) Everything You Need to Know About Tear Gas

What started as a protest against the demolition of Istanbul’s Gezi Park has boiled over into broad anti-government unrest in cities across Turkey. …

Why Aren't Bidets Common in the U.S.?

In a famous scene from <i>Crocodile Dundee</i>, Mick Dundee stands in the bathroom of his upscale New York City hotel room toiling with the bidet, attempting …

6 Stories of Junk-Food Obsessions

<b>By Chris Gayomali</b><p>The teen who ate nothing but packaged ramen, the man addicted to Big Macs, and more.<p>1. The woman who drank only soda for 16 years<p>As …

Pixar’s Emotional Manipulation

Just about everyone cried at the end of <i>Toy Story 3</i>, but Pixar has made its audiences misty-eyed in nearly every one of its box-office hits so …

This Is The Only Supermoon Photo That You Need To See

Such majesty, such cosmic wonder.

25 TV Shows You Have To Watch From The Beginning

Because starting somewhere in the middle isn't an option.

12 Persnickety Rules From the Associated Press Stylebook

Serving as an authority for working journalists on grammar, capitalizations, abbreviations, spelling and so much more, the <i>AP Stylebook</i> can be found …

15 Details from the In Cold Blood Killers’ Case Files

On November 15, 1959, the Clutter family—Herb and Bonnie, their daughter Nancy, and son Kenyon—were brutally murdered in their Holcomb, Kansas, home. …

The Surprisingly Cool History of Ice

Until two centuries ago, ice was just an unfortunate side effect of winter. But in the early 1800s, one man saw dollar signs in frozen ponds. …

Beyond Wild Things: 5 Maurice Sendak Stories You Should Read

While <i>Where the Wild Things Are</i> is Maurice Sendak’s best known book, it’s not his only notable one. In honor of the author/illustrator's birthday—he …

11 Poets Who Wrote Dirty Verse

Think poets are just stodgy writers who sit at their desks penning boring poems? Think again. Here are eleven poets who sometimes showed their …

12 Old Words That Survived by Getting Fossilized in Idioms

English has changed a lot in the last several hundred years, and there are many words once used that we would no longer recognize today. For whatever …

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5 Scientific Facts About Your Dreams

Throughout human history, dreams have been the subject of science and pseudoscience alike. In today’s crazy online world where you can’t always …

Where's That Ninja With My Water?

Ninja Waiters Are the Toughest to Track Down<p>These are the 10 geekiest restaurants of all time. If I don’t get to Ninja New York the next time I’m in …

Why Are We Still Looking for Jimmy Hoffa?

One of America's most intriguing cold cases heated up this week when a tip from a retired mobster sent FBI and Michigan law enforcement officials …

A Brief History of Wiffle Ball

Wiffle Ball season is once again upon us. Before you pick up your first white plastic ball and yellow plastic bat of the summer, we thought we'd fill …

Baseball

11 Things We No Longer See on Airplanes

Traveling by airplane is a lot different than it used to be. And we’re not just talking about the elaborate and cumbersome security restrictions that …

10 Questions Still Baffling Scientists

Science has done a terrific job of answering some of the world’s most difficult questions, but certain mysteries still elude researchers. How does …

Are Tomatoes Fruits or Vegetables?

Here's a scene you'll probably see this summer: you'll be at a barbecue or picnic, enjoying nice, fresh in-season tomatoes, and you might make an …