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The original Silent Hill contains a recreation of the school from Kindergarten Cop

When it was released for the Playstation in 1999, Konami’s <i>Silent Hill</i> completely changed the way people think about horror video games. The …

Silent Hill

The Oxford English Dictionary Forgot to Include This Word for 50 Years | Reader's Digest

Dmitry Elagin/Shutterstock<p>The dictionary is probably your go-to source for checking facts and spelling. But these little books have a surprising …

Language

It’s Time–Again–For ‘Animaniacs’: 11-ish Best Original Segments

The Warner Brothers (and Warner Sister Dot) (via Warner Bros. Television Distribution)<p>Well, helloooooo Warners: Hulu recently announced the return of …

Geek

#196 What's the Kennection?

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Felix Dennis

15 Reasons You Should Appreciate Squirrels

Even if you live in a big city, you probably see wildlife on a regular basis. Namely, you're sure to run into a lot of squirrels, even in the densest …

Warren G. Harding

Donald Trump, Caligula, Michael Wolff, Suetonius, Infamia, And The 'Fake News' Wars

“Fake News” has been a Thing for a long, long time.<p>Without debating the reliability (or the motivations of the sources) of the revelations in Michael Wolff’s <i>Fire And Fury</i>, one could look at this book as exemplary of a very old, well-established, practice of “oratory.” As Buzzfeed noted:<p>Adding to …

Opinion

Wise Quacks: A History of the Rubber Duck

If you still have any of your early childhood toys, the odds favor that it may be a yellow duck. The ubiquitous bath toy is not only classic, but …

What Causes a Foreign Accent?

Languages are different, and use sounds that are different from each other. But people who learn a new language often retain an accent from their …

Language

A Brief History of John Fogerty Butting Heads With Copyright Law

The normally chill ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman is upset about the film 'Proud Mary' using his song title, but did you ever hear about the time he got sued for ripping himself off?<p>Barring the still-righteous anger of "Fortunate Son" (a.k.a. the only cue film producers use to depict the …

John Fogerty

Switzerland Just Made It Illegal to Boil Live Lobsters

No, lobsters don’t scream when you toss them into a pot of boiling water, but as far as the Swiss government is concerned, they can still feel pain. …

Pets

This Insanely Simple Tool Is All You Need to Think More Creatively

List making is a creative tool we can all use.<p>There is an important creative tool that anyone can use. It is called list making.<p>Lists help get thoughts out of our head and onto paper or a screen where we can see them. They help us organize information so we can see patterns and relationships …

Creativity

America's 10th President, Born in 1790, Has Two Living Grandchildren and Twitter Users Can't Believe It

John Tyler, America’s 10th president, born in 1790, has two living grandchildren. Yes, you read that correctly.<p>In a Twitter thread that has since …

John Tyler

11 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of TV Meteorologists

Your friendly local weather forecaster has a unique job. They are scientists and TV personalities at the same time. They get criticized for being …

What Makes a Cat's Tail Puff Up When It's Scared?

Cats wear their emotions on their tails, not their sleeves. They tap their fluffy rear appendages during relaxing naps, thrash them while tense, and …

Cats

Thanks to a $5.3 million investment, the Royals were born 50 years ago Thursday

Where’s the cake? It’s the Royals’ 50th birthday.<p>It was on Jan. 11, 1968 that Ewing Kauffman was awarded an expansion team, just months after the …

12 Fantastic Facts About the Immune System

<i>The human body is an amazing thing. For each one of us, it's the most intimate object we know. And yet most of us don't know enough about it: its</i> …

Medicine

Humblebraggarts Are the Worst (Science Says So)

Humblebraggarts. We all know (at least) one: that person who takes a woe-is-me tack to ostensibly "complain" about something when the real intent is …

George R.R. Martin

These Vintage Wendy’s Training Videos Are Your New ‘80s Dystopian Nightmare Fuel

I’m not quite sure how I managed it, but none of the jobs I’ve ever worked (so far, at least) have trained me up by sitting me down and having me …

Drake

Medieval Times Finally Has A Woman Lead For The First Time In 35 Years & Audiences LOVE Her

Hear ye, hear ye — an official proclamation has come down from on high: Dinner theatre stunt extravaganza Medieval Times now has a woman in charge, …

Medieval

The Real Reason Some English Words Have Silent Letters

The rogue knight doubted that the asthmatic knave in knickers could climb the castle columns, but when their wrangle wrought chaos on the couple, the …

Linguistics

Rent an Incredible Harry Potter-Themed Apartment in the City Where the Series Was Born

The Muggle city of Edinburgh has deep ties to the wizarding world of Harry Potter. J.K. Rowling wrote much of the book series while living there, and …

Hacking

The Time the Oxford English Dictionary Forgot a Word

Sir James Murray in his Scriptorium<p>Sir James Murray in his Scriptorium<p>When the complete edition of what would become the Oxford English Dictionary …

Language

Link About It: Tetra, the Microwave-Sized Countertop Dishwasher

For anyone dreaming of owning a dishwasher, the Tetra removes just about all obstacles. It plugs into any wall outlet and it costs just $299. It's about the size of a microwave, runs in only 10 minutes and uses only half a gallon of (hand-loaded) water. Spatially, it's ideal for a couple, or anyone …

Buzz Aldrin

How the Substitution of Familiar Sounds for Those That Are Unfamiliar Creates a Foreign Accent

In a nuanced episode of their incredibly informative whiteboard series for Mental Floss, linguist Arika Okrent and illustrator Sean O’Neill verbally …

Language

Mütter Museum Showcases the Victorian Custom of Making Crafts From Human Hair

Palette work from the collection of John Whitenight and Frederick LaValley<p>Palette work from the collection of John Whitenight and Frederick …

Culture

Hate Red M&M's? You Need a Candy Color-Sorting Machine

You don’t have to be a demanding rock star to live a life without brown M&M's or purple Skittles—all you need is some engineering know-how and a …

30 Celebrities' All-Time Favorite Books You've Got To Read

Celebrities, they're just like you. While, sure, their job is likely quite different than yours and results in their lifestyle also often looking …

Literature

12 People Who Died on Their Birthdays

It's called The Birthday Effect: a statistical phenomenon the seems to indicate that the likelihood of one's death increases on or around his or her …

12 Fun Facts About Family Feud

Created as a spinoff of <i>Match Game</i>, <i>Family Feud</i> got its start in 1976 with Richard Dawson as the first of six hosts—a roster that would later include …

Darkest Hour

Common Minor Ailments That Can Be Described in Elaborate Medical Terms

In an therapeutic episode of their incredibly informative whiteboard series for Mental Floss, linguist Arika Okrent and illustrator Sean O’Neill …

Medicine