Rebecca Swire

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19 Confounding Discrepancies Between American English and British English

There are still a number of words and phrases that can baffle even the most pretentious BBC America fans. Next time you’re in London, keep these …

The 11 Geekiest Family Portraits Ever

1. Borgs Just Wanna Have Fun<p>Winnie Au is an excellent photographer and her intimate and humanizing images of Trekkies at the Las Vegas Star Trek …

11 Things You Might Not Know About Charles Lindbergh

<i>Alien vs. Bender</i> would certainly be way more awesome than <i>Alien vs. Predator</i> was. This delightful creation by artist Carl Jara won first place at the …

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10 Wacky Grooming Products from the 1970s

I’d like to say that we Baby Boomers were savvy shoppers in our youth—that we never fell for fancy packaging or seductive advertisements. I’d like to …

15 Things You Should Know About Ruth Bader Ginsburg

An obscure baseball rule made headlines recently when minor league baseballer Vinnie Catricala of the Midland RockHounds (the Oakland A's farm team) …

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The 5 Scariest Buildings in America

What makes a building scary? Its design has something to do with it, certainly. But even the most innocuous looking suburban McMansion can be made …

Mustache elicits Taliban death threats

<b>"I can leave my family, I can leave Pakistan, but I can never cut my mustache again," said Afridi [EPA]</b><p>Even being kidnapped and exiled by militants hasn’t scared Malik Afridi into shaving his impressive bristles<p>Liz Fields<p>August 16, 2013 9:55pm (UTC)<p>This may be the mustache that launched a thousand …

7 Wheel of Fortune Contestants Who Weren't So Lucky

Last night a "<i>Wheel of Fortune</i> savant" pulled off what Pat Sajak called the "most amazing solve in my 30+ years on the show":<p>Emil earned that $45,000.<p>…

Alleged Louisiana Gunman Chatted With Mayor Before Deadly Standoff

The mayor of the small Louisiana town where a gunman shot two hostages before being killed after a 12-hour standoff said he exchanged pleasantries …

Moms, you oughta know: 11 social media apps teens are using now

The start of the school year is a great incentive to remain (or get) relevant, or at least keep virtual tabs on your teens. You may use Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, but guess what, Mom? The social media sites you understand are not the half of it.<p>According to a 2013 Pew Internet study, teens …

Last Week's Most Popular Stories

In case you weren't obsessively refreshing mentalfloss.com all week, here's what you missed.<p>1. 7 Tips for Keeping Your Man (in the 1950s), by Therese …

11 of the Best Customer Service Stories Ever

When someone wants to tell you a story about a recent customer experience, it usually tends to be more Tales from the Crypt than Happily Ever After. …

8 Cool Natural Earth Illusions

A phenomenon called pareidolia is what makes us interpret random stimuli as something meaningful—for example, believing a grilled cheese sandwich …

From Snoopy to Shark Bait: The Top Slang Word in Each State

Good news, everyone. Taco Bell’s waffle taco has been so successful in SoCal test markets that they’ve decided to expand the test. Get excited, …

16 Totally Normal Phobias You Didn't Know Had Names

Who says phobias have to be weird? Everyone's scared.<p>1. Anuptaphobia<p>The fear of being or staying single. You know, like, forever.<p>2. …

What Does Marijuana Do to Spiders?

Jason mentioned the other day that he and his wife were watching the new series <i>Orange is the New Black</i>, wherein one of the characters talks about how …

Are Dogs Empathetic? It Depends on the Individual Dog

In another post, we were talking about what happens to spiders and their webs when scientists give them a little bit of marijuana and other drugs. …