CLOSE
Original image
Slate

Animating Jacko With Legos

Original image
Slate

The King of Lego Creations

This thing is a real Thriller. It’s Bad, in a good way. It’s really Off the Wall. This thing is so good it could Heal the World. If you love this just know that You Are Not Alone. So, check it out, and Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough.

*

Amazing Lost Cities

Check out this cool rundown of vanished civilizations that may or may not have ever existed.

*

This Underwater City Definitely Did Exist

In 1985 the city of Villa Epecuen was flooded and submerged. Then in 2009 the city slowly started to reappear as the water receded. I found this article thanks to this great post on Imgur.

*

China Actually Has An Optimus Prime

But don’t fear, it’s a statue. It’s one of many interesting sculptures there on display to the public.

*

An Earth-Shattering Asteroid Is On Its Way

It will be here in 2029. Or 2036. Or maybe it won’t ever be here. But it probably will be, maybe.

*

Have A Happy, Copyright Infringement-Free Birthday

You probably know already that "Happy Birthday To You" is copyrighted and costs money to use. So these alternatives have been written to replace it.

*

That’s A TV Show?

If you find yourself flipping around the TV dial in disbelief about the “reality” that makes it on-air these days, you aren’t alone.

Original image
HBO
Game of Thrones Has Changed the Real World
Original image
HBO

6 Ways Game of Thrones has Changed the Real World. Even those who don't watch it know the characters as cultural metaphors.

*

The Only Thing Worse than Watching an Offensively Bad Comedy is Watching One You Supposedly Wrote. A.J. Via got a movie deal and lost all control of the finished product.

*

To Fight Smallpox in the Spanish Colonies, King Charles IV Sent a Ship on a Vaccination Mission in 1803. The expedition included 22 orphans carrying the fresh vaccine in their bodies to keep it safe enough to last the voyage around the world.

*

For Centuries, People Celebrated a Little Boy’s First Pair of Trousers. Once he was toilet-trained and could dress himself, he could become a real boy.

*

What A Doctor Calls A Condition Can Affect How We Decide To Treat It. A familiar terms carries a lot of baggage, while a new term will encourage patients to just follow doctor's orders.

*

Ben Stiller's Never-Ending Midlife Crisis. His new movie Brad's Status is the fourth that explores that theme.

*

Sir Arthur and the Fairies. After a thorough but flawed investigation, the Sherlock Holmes author believed the Cottingley Fairies were real.

Original image
Getty Images
Great Stephen King Stories
Original image
Getty Images

16 Great Stephen King Stories to Read This Fall. In case you want to scare yourself silly alone in the dark.

*

Cowabunga! Strange Cow Stories. Bossy has gotten herself into some weird places.

*

How Two Lesbians Fought the Nazis With a Typewriter. Lucy Schwob and Suzanne Malherbe kept up a propaganda war from their home in the Channel Islands.

*

Can You Survive on Potatoes Alone? Maybe, but there are drawbacks to potatoes as a life-sustaining food.

*

Why Back-to-School Season Feels Like the New Year—Even for Adults. The majority of people spend more than half their lives tied to the school calendar.

*

A Visual History of Lunchboxes. Come for the nostalgia, stay for the trivia.

*

An Austrian Ossuary Holds Hundreds of Elaborately Hand-Painted Skulls. The custom is a combination of memento mori and identification.

*

A Brief History of United States Currency. Until the Civil War, money was printed privately by banks.

SECTIONS

arrow
LIVE SMARTER
More from mental floss studios