CLOSE
Original image
Getty Images

The Return of the Twinkie

Original image
Getty Images

Hostess Twinkies are due to return to stores today, although some Walmart stores had them for sale last Friday. The new product will have almost twice the shelf life of the old Twinkies.
*
When new author Robert Galbraith was outed as JK Rowling, the sales of The Cuckoo's Calling shot through the roof. Rowling says she wished she could have kept the secret a little longer.
*
12 Innovations From The 1950s That We Still Use Today. About half of them took twenty years to become general use for the masses.
*
10 of the Most Cryptic Texts in the World. At least one of them has to be complete gibberish and we've all been trolled by history.
*
This band has a real bounce in their beat! Looks cool, but it can't be easy to play that way.
*
I Was Killed By A Shark In Sharknado. Ryan Budds' account of the filming of the latest SyFy original implausible monster movie.
*
Washington state's new marijuana rules set limits for "marijuana-infused" products, but what about hash? Various interpretations could legalize it or ban it, or maybe something in between.
*
A Saudi princess was arrested in California on human trafficking charges. She paid the $5 million in bail but has no servants left back at the condominium.
*
The colorful lionfish and 3 other invasive species we should be eating. You can have your expanded fishy fare; I'll take the free-range bacon.
*
9 Lost and Found Airplanes. Airplanes get lost more than you realize; here are 6 more.

Original image
Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Mutiny on the Prisoner Ship
Original image
Hulton Archive/Getty Images

In the 18th century, Britain shipped around 50,000 prison inmates to the American colonies to do hard labor. James Dalton was sent multiple times for theft, and once succeeded in leading a mutiny aboard the prison ship.

*

10 Surprising Ways to Lose Your Mind. Mental disorders can be triggered by a wide variety of conditions.

*

How a Group of ’70s Radicals Tried (and Failed) to Invade Disneyland. Four hundred police were waiting for the paltry few hundred Yippies that showed up.

*

Rocket Launches Look Even Cooler From Space. A satellite recorded images of a Soyuz launch on July 14.

*

How Synthetic Fabrics Inspired a Cultural Revolution. Few people remember how much time laundry and ironing used to take.

*

Can you solve the counterfeit coin riddle? You probably could if you had plenty of time.

*

Ancient ruins keep being 'discovered.' Were they ever lost?

*

A Tree That Flowers With 40 Different Fruits. It's not legendary, but a triumph of science and patience.

Original image
iStock
Manta Rays, the Ocean’s Peaceful Giants
Original image
iStock

Swim With Manta Rays, the Ocean’s Peaceful Giants. They can grow to 25 feet wide and resemble underwater flying saucers.

*

Why ordering from the kids menu is harmful to children. They've changed from smaller portions of adult entrees to bland but safe options for picky eaters.

*

22 Facts About Ernest Hemingway. He led an extraordinary, although too short, life.

*

A Newly Discovered Diary Tells the Harrowing Story of the Deadly Halifax Explosion. It's believed to be the only same-day account from an eyewitness to the disaster that left 2000 people dead.

*

Drug Expiration Dates May Be More Myth Than Fact. A stash of medicines was found to be effectively potent decades after they were made.

*

Downtown Atlanta’s Lost Psychedelic Theme Park. The World of Sid and Marty Krofft was as weird as their TV shows.

*

Malloy the Invincible. In 1932, a gang of killers bought insurance on a homeless drunk, but then found out he was harder to kill than Rasputin.

*

Why Are Baseball Games Nine Innings Long? Believe it or not, that number actually shortened the game.

SECTIONS

More from mental floss studios