CLOSE
Original image
iStock

Brooklyn's Greatest Imposter

Original image
iStock

The Many Faces of Brooklyn’s Greatest Imposter. Stanley Clifford Weyman had no real motivation beyond wanting to live different lives.

*

Read This Dystopian Vision of a Future Controlled by Amazon and Whole Foods. Who knows what we'd be willing to do in the name of convenience.

*

The Beatles' Movie Yellow Submarine. John, Paul, George, and Ringo had very little to do with it.

*

Silly Robots by YLLW. An exercise in animation turns out to be both cute and funny.

*

Don’t Think Too Positive. While general optimism may be a good life strategy, research has shown that when positive fantasies are connected with specific goals, the outcomes often aren't good.

*

The Romans Could Have Been Poisoned by Something Deadlier Than Lead. The pipes of Pompeii reveal an alarming level of antimony.

*

A Prehistoric Toothless Dolphin Ate by Vacuuming Up Squid. Inermorostrum xenops lost its teeth in an evolutionary experiment that did not last.

*

11 Stunning Bridges From Around the World. They will get you across, and look good while doing it.

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 term 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