CLOSE
Dan Kitwood, Getty Images
Dan Kitwood, Getty Images

Mark Your Calendars for These 2018 Space Events

Dan Kitwood, Getty Images
Dan Kitwood, Getty Images

Mark Your Calendars for These 2018 Space Events, Astronomy Fans. The heavens are going to put on quite a show.

*

Do Audio Books Count As Reading? A visually-impaired writer shares the joy and shame of listening to books.

*

Why Hobbies Make You Happy. We need to define ourselves as more than how we earn a living.

*

This Optical Illusion Is Just Four Blinking Dots And It's Still Breaking Our Brains. Are they jumping up and down, moving from side to side, or spinning in a circle?

*

Lucrative Lemons and Oranges in Sicily. A scholarly article traces the rise of the Mafia to the discovery that citrus fruits prevent scurvy.

*

Weird Beauty Hacks of Yesteryear. The drive to be attractive sent us down some strange and desperate paths.

*

Eighteen Species of Tweezer-Faced, Spider-Slaying Pelican Spiders Discovered in Madagascar. Their misshapen heads act like salad tongs to seize their prey.

*

Where the Mind's Eye Can't See. Exploring the very real limits of human imagination.

nextArticle.image_alt|e
Universal Pictures
Son of Frankenstein: Hitting the Horror Trifecta
Universal Pictures
Universal Pictures

Son of Frankenstein: Hitting the Horror Trifecta. A perfect ending to the first great movie trilogy.

*

It Wasn't Easy Being Green for These Mysterious Children in 12th-Century England. The village of Woolpit has never been the same since.

*

The Strange History of One of the Internet's First Viral Videos. If you had an email address in the late 1990s, you probably received a video file titled “badday.mpg” at least once.

*

The Contentious Burial of Bo-Bo, the Blenheim Spaniel of Civil War Hero General Daniel E. Sickles. His relatives didn't want the beloved dog interred in the family plot.

*

Here's Why Your Body Stores More Fat in Certain Places. Hormones do it, but in an insanely complicated manner.

*

Butterfly Breeder Romy McCloskey Saw One Emerge from its Chrysalis with a Torn Wing. So she got her tools together and performed a wing transplant.

*

How to Get Your Procrastination Under Control. It's a matter of valuing the things you need to do.

*

19 Times That Actors Have Been Injured On Set. Some of the scenes were then included in the finished film.

nextArticle.image_alt|e
iStock
The Cars People Keep For 15 Years
iStock
iStock

The Cars People Keep For 15 Years. Nine of the top 15 models are the same brand; maybe you can guess which one it is.

*

The British Once Built a 1100-Mile Hedge Through the Middle of India. Built to thwart smuggling, it was more trouble than they expected.

*

Jeff Bezos is Now the Richest Person Ever, But Only Because Bill Gates is So Generous. Christmas shopping put the Amazon founder's net worth past $105 billion.

*

Black Friday 1889: The Johnstown Flood. The most famous disaster in American history earned its reputation.

*

Dressing Up to Get Your Driver's License Picture Made? With this family, it's a wacky tradition.

*

Names Written in Blood. Political prisoners in Syria devised a way to sneak a list of names out, so their families would know they were alive.

*

6 Embarrassing Things We All Do—and Why. Take comfort in the fact that you're not alone.

SECTIONS

arrow
LIVE SMARTER
More from mental floss studios