CLOSE
ThinkStock
ThinkStock

Free Chocolate for Life

ThinkStock
ThinkStock

Winning a lifetime supply of Hershey’s chocolate sounds like it was probably amazing; Kellogg’s Corn Flakes, maybe less so.

*

An Australian restaurant owner who thinks the word “the” contains too many letters is campaigning to introduce a symbol to replace the most-used word in the English language, for efficiency’s sake. He probably won’t get very far with it.

*

55 people in a donut shop drive-through line bought the next car’s order in a heartwarming demonstration of strangers bringing a little joy to each other’s days.

*

Washing your hair is another basic task rendered extremely difficult by zero gravity in outer space.

*

Apparently, there are only two escalators in the entire state of Wyoming.

*

The trailer for upcoming film The Fifth Estate features BBC’s Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch with bleached-blond locks as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is reportedly unhappy with the movie.

*

These famous early risers didn't manage to become successful by hitting the snooze button, which is dispiriting news for the late-sleeping night owls among us.

*

A Chinese man stole over 800 books’ worth of “highbrow reading material” in less than half a year. When questioned by the police, the suspect said he was hoping to "comprehend the meaning of life." He was arrested and is presumably still questioning.

nextArticle.image_alt|e
iStock
What If Earth Rotated in the Other Direction?
iStock
iStock

Reversing Earth’s Spin Moves Deserts, Reshapes Ocean Currents. Everything would be different if our planet rotated in the other direction.

*

NFL Player Wade Davis Talks Masculinity and Pro Sports. "We must create the conditions for all individuals to feel comfortable taking the risk to be themselves."

*

This Old Soviet Airport Car Was Probably The Biggest Sedan In The World. It was equipped for two drivers, one to go forward and the other in reverse.

*

The Race to Save the World's Disappearing Languages. In the last 60 years, 230 human languages went extinct.

*

The Netflix documentary Mercury 13 tells of the women who passed NASA's astronaut screening in 1961. Only their gender kept them earthbound and out of history books.

*

The Desert Architecture School Where Students Build Their Own Sleeping Quarters. The School of Architecture at Taliesin (SOAT) takes experimental living spaces seriously.

*

I Gave Birth and I Didn't Even Get a Good Story Out of it. A normal birth is miraculous and transformative, but it's too common for anyone outside the family to listen to.

*

10 Ridiculously Precise Units of Measurement. They make sense once you know the stories behind them.

nextArticle.image_alt|e
Hulton Archive/Getty Images
How a Country Bumpkin Turned Into the King of Hollywood
Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Hulton Archive/Getty Images

How a Country Bumpkin Turned Into the King of Hollywood. The kid from Ohio with big ears and bad teeth eventually became Clark Gable.

*

The Kilopower Project Could Power a Mars Colony and Deep Space Missions. It involves small, portable nuclear reactors fueled by uranium.

*

The Top 15 Game Of Thrones Episodes to Watch and Rewatch. Fans still have a lot of time to fill before the final season begins.

*

Turns Out They Invented That 'How You Think You Look Vs. How You Really Look' Meme Back in 1921. It was the only joke on that page that deserved to survive.

*

The Planet That Took Us Beyond the Solar System. Pegasus, the first exoplanet, was discovered 23 years ago.

*

It’s Not Your Imagination: Allergy Season Gets Worse Every Year. The changing climate is producing more pollen, and more people are allergic to it.

*

Baby Pangolins Always Look Like They’re Waiting To Nervously Ask You To Prom. They're adorable, so you'd have to say yes.

*

The Surprising Link Between the Deaths of Three 19th Century Presidents: James K. Polk, William Henry Harrison, and Zachary Taylor may have died from living in the District of Columbia.

SECTIONS

arrow
LIVE SMARTER
More from mental floss studios