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
The 100 Greatest YouTube Videos of All Time, Ranked
iStock
iStock

The 100 Greatest YouTube Videos of All Time, Ranked. Watching them all will keep you too busy to argue about the ranking.

*

Why Are There No Mosquitoes at Disney World? A lot of hard work goes into making sure you don't have to think about them.

*

Wollemi Pines Are Dinosaur Trees. After flourishing for 100 million years, they had to be rescued from extinction in the 1990s.

*

Why the Finns Don't Want to be Happy. Despite the highest quality of life in the world, they aren't going to press their luck.

*

The Heyday of Penny Restaurants. The food wasn't free, because that would rob the transaction of its dignity.

*

Forget the World Cup, Let’s Play Motor-Ball! Soccer played on motorcycles was exciting, but not at all safe.

*

The Ultimate Guide To Buying, Wearing, And Caring For Jeans. They never go out of style, because they come in so many styles.

*

10 Star-Studded Facts About the Hollywood Sign. It's been there, off and on, since 1923.

nextArticle.image_alt|e
Lucasfilm
How Raiders of the Lost Ark Continues to Influence Pop Culture
Lucasfilm
Lucasfilm

How Raiders of the Lost Ark Continues to Influence Pop Culture. When creating heroic tales, filmmakers still ask, "What would Indiana Jones do?"

*

The Unexplained Dancing Plague and Other Epidemics of Yore. The power of suggestion is still the most logical explanation.

*

Reanimation! Science Stories About Frankenstein. This seven-part video series features conversations with scientists on Mary Shelley's book and the issues it addresses.

*

George Lucas's Plan for Star Wars 7 through 9, Starring Mid-Chlorians. No matter how much you dislike any of the new Star Wars films, you can tell yourself it could have been so much worse.

*

The Recipes of Cleopatra. Her elixirs were well-regarded in the fields of cosmetics, gynecology, and alchemy.

*

The Iroquois Theater Disaster. More than 600 people died in the stampede and conflagration, which led to new safety standards.

*

The Secret to Loving Your Life. The first step is giving up on the notion that you are in control.

*

10 TV Characters Who Were Inspired By Real People. Not all of them were happy about it.

SECTIONS

arrow
LIVE SMARTER
More from mental floss studios