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Protect Your Cat With a Suit of Armor

In case you haven't seen it yet: suits of armor for your pets. Artist Jeff de Boer has meticulously crafted protective ensembles for cats, and—to …

Pets

15 Exercises You Should Try, According to Old-Timey Cigarette Packs

So it's the early 1900s and you just had a physician-approved cigarette and a glass of brandy to start the day. Now you want to round it out with …

Albert Einstein

Blood Test Could Tell Individual Smokers The Best Way To Quit

A personalized way to kick the habit<p>The best way for a smoker to quit might depend on how fast his or her body can break down nicotine.<p>A group of researchers in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine wanted to figure out the optimal way for individual …

University of Pennsylvania

Why Are Our Brains Susceptible to Body Illusions?

Are you bored with your body? Is bilateral symmetry feeling a little stale?<p>You’re in luck. You don’t need cyborg technology to give yourself an …

How Your Webcam May Be Spying on You

Remember that song from 1984, “Somebody’s watching me?” It was a great foreshadowing of things to come: These days, people really CAN watch you while you go about your business at home…through your computer. So if someone confides in you that “they’re spying on me through my computer,” don’t be too …

'The Star-Spangled Banner' celebrates 200 years

<i>The Star-Spangled Banner</i> turns 200 on Sunday and, even today, it has aged gracefully.<p>Sept. 14 marks 200 years since the poem was put to paper. Written by Francis Scott Key as he saw the American flag swaying in the final moments of the British bombardment at Fort McHenry during the War of 1812. He …

When NASA Launched Stardust, They Had No Way To Retrieve Its Samples

This space probe has a dirty little secret.<p>On August 14, researchers from University California, Berkeley, announced an amazing discovery from NASA’s Stardust probe: During its deep space voyage, the ship had captured seven tiny pieces of interstellar rocks, making them the first confirmed samples …

Space

Why Did the Nazis Hijack the Swastika?

<i>Reader Scott from Vermont wrote to ask,</i> “Why did the Nazis adopt the ancient sacred symbol of the swastika as their emblem?”<p>Before the Nazis started …

10 Tips to Beat the Odds at the Casino

Bill Zender is the ultimate gambling insider. The former professional card counter, dealer, and casino floor manager shares his secrets—and explains …

Etymology

How Does Counting Cards in Blackjack Work?

Owning a casino isn't much of a gamble. In almost every game, the casino has a statistical advantage—so for every one gambler raking it in, there are …

17 Home Furnishings Inspired by Toys

Mario Marsicano was an early contributor to mentalfloss.com, writing about stuff like innovative advertising and Batman cameos. He also runs a …

Furniture

20 Amazing Chemical Reaction GIFs

Blood meets hydrogen peroxide<p>Source: Iitmne<p>Sodium acetate crystallization<p>Source: Imgur<p>Belousov–Zhabotinsky reaction<p>Source: GIF Trunk<p>Water bridge …

Drunk Dial Congress website thrives as government shutdown drags on

Website set up by mobile advertising company connects callers, sober or not, with congressmen's essential employees<p>"Mad at Congress over the shutdown? Have a drink and tell them."<p>This is the simple recommendation put forward by the website Drunk Dial Congress, which provides a service to connect …