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Store Your Secrets in a Grave as Part of This 25-Year-Long Art Project

Shaunacy Ferro

The famous conceptual artist Sophie Calle is collecting and burning secrets stored in a grave at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn.

Everything That’s Leaving Netflix in April

Jennifer M Wood

Say goodbye to ‘The X-Files.’ And 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer,' too.

If You Find Yourself Stranded on a New Zealand Island, Look for One of These

Stacy Conradt

The tiny sheds are just big enough to hold supplies, from food and water to wool "survivor suits."

Every New Movie and TV Series Coming to Netflix in April

Jennifer M Wood

In the not too distant future, ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’ will return.

8 Stellar Facts About the Most Accomplished Female Astronomer You’ve Never Heard Of

Suzanne Raga

There's a crater on the moon named after her.

How the Heart Symbol Got Its Shape

Mental Floss Studios

Like a relationship status on Facebook, the story of how the heart symbol got its shape is complicated.

The First Digital Typeface to Include Welsh Letters

Shaunacy Ferro

Cymru Wales was designed for the Welsh government.

Show and Tell: A Rose That Held a Princess's Secret

Erin Blakemore

Conservators at the Ransom Center weren't quite sure what they'd find.

7 of the Biggest Treasure Troves Ever Found

Mental Floss UK

Throughout history, valuable objects have been either deliberately buried or just lost to the ages.

A Scientist Re-Engineered the Wine Bottle So It Doesn't Drip

Shaunacy Ferro

A very simple design tweak could make pouring wine neater for everyone.

Why Did 1366 x 768 Become Such a Common Laptop Screen Resolution?


13 Sonorous Terms for Snoring from Across the U.S.

Angela Tung

According to the National Sleep Foundation, about 90 million Americans experience some kind of snoring activity. Here's what to call 'blowing Zs' no matter where you are.

11 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of Reality TV Producers

Danielle Braff

If all else fails, they will force the ending.