Attack of the Killer Parasites

Hey everybody, it's time for another original mental_floss video! After resting on our proverbial laurels for awhile after the great response we got to our debut opus, "Famous Last Words," we figured it was high time we got off our overeducated duffs and made another one. This time, though, we gave ourselves one heapin' helpin' of a creative conundrum: to make this video using only found footage. That's right: except for a few title cards and the voiceover, this one's created entirely from public domain footage from crazy old b-movies, forgotten creature features and cheesy instructional films, much of it culled from the amazing Prelinger Archives.

The subject? We took our inspiration from a spine-chilling mental_floss article about horrifying parasites (reposted here on the site today) and how they secretly rule our world -- outnumbering other forms of life many times over -- as well as our bodies and our minds. A terrifying concept indeed -- and quite possibly the perfect concept for a horror film! But instead of making the whole two-hour feature (er, let's just blame the writer's strike), we made the trailer instead. Enjoy -- and please comment, both here and on YouTube!

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Netflix's Most-Binged Shows of 2017, Ranked

Netflix might know your TV habits better than you do. Recently, the entertainment company's normally tight-lipped number-crunchers looked at user data collected between November 1, 2016 and November 1, 2017 to see which series people were powering through and which ones they were digesting more slowly. By analyzing members’ average daily viewing habits, they were able to determine which programs were more likely to be “binged” (or watched for more than two hours per day) and which were more often “savored” (or watched for less than two hours per day) by viewers.

They found that the highest number of Netflix bingers glutted themselves on the true crime parody American Vandal, followed by the Brazilian sci-fi series 3%, and the drama-mystery 13 Reasons Why. Other shows that had viewers glued to the couch in 2017 included Anne with an E, the Canadian series based on L. M. Montgomery's 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables, and the live-action Archie comics-inspired Riverdale.

In contrast, TV shows that viewers enjoyed more slowly included the Emmy-winning drama The Crown, followed by Big Mouth, Neo Yokio, A Series of Unfortunate Events, GLOW, Friends from College, and Ozark.

There's a dark side to this data, though: While the company isn't around to judge your sweatpants and the chip crumbs stuck to your couch, Netflix is privy to even your most embarrassing viewing habits. The company recently used this info to publicly call out a small group of users who turned their binges into full-fledged benders:

Oh, and if you're the one person in Antarctica binging Shameless, the streaming giant just outed you, too.

Netflix broke down their full findings in the infographic below and, Big Brother vibes aside, the data is pretty fascinating. It even includes survey data on which shows prompted viewers to “Netflix cheat” on their significant others and which shows were enjoyed by the entire family.

Netflix infographic "The Year in Bingeing"


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