Everything You Need to Know About English and Other Languages

What's in a word? A lot! John Green and friends are here with some incredible facts about language—English and otherwise—in this episode of Scatterbrained.

Follow along with them as they travel to Monrovia, Liberia to meet an infamous polyglot who may or may not know how to speak more than 50 languages. Then brush up on some of those easy-to-forget rules about English, like when to use who vs. whom and the true definition of irony. Plus: find out how to get a word in the dictionary.

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Everything You Need to Know About Budgets

Mental Floss via YouTube
Mental Floss via YouTube

Blustery days are finally replacing balmy ones, and that means the holidays are almost here. From booking Thanksgiving airline tickets to buying heartfelt holiday gifts, it’s easy to find yourself a little short on both time and money. In other words: ’tis the season for budgets.

In the latest episode of Scatterbrained, presented by Discover, Mental Floss editor-in-chief Erin McCarthy and friends will walk you through some tips and tricks to help you make a budget—and stick to it.

In addition to learning how to break down your paychecks into categories and knock out your to-do list efficiently, you’ll also delve into the history behind budgets—which didn’t always relate to financial planning. (When William Shakespeare used the word budget in The Winter’s Tale, for example, he was referring to a small purse.)

Find out more—including the surprising thing you have in common with squirrels—in the full video below.

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Everything You Need to Know About Tourism

Mental Floss via YouTube
Mental Floss via YouTube

Summer has (unofficially) arrived. Which means it's time to start thinking about that most cherished of warm-weather traditions: summer vacation. Whether you're trying to figure out where to go or the best way to save a few dollars getting there, Mental Floss has got you covered.

In this all-new edition of Scatterbrained, presented by Discover, Mental Floss editor-in-chief Erin McCarthy and friends are taking you on a tourism trip around the world. They'll take a look at some of the fastest-growing travel destinations (number one just might surprise you), pay tribute to the supersonic power of the Concorde, figure out how airport codes work (and how Iowa's Sioux Gateway Airport came to embrace the fact that it's known as SUX), detail the strange symptoms of Paris Syndrome, and offer up some helpful tips on how to save money (and your sanity) while traveling.

Get ready to experience some serious wanderlust and watch the full video below.

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