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Your Comprehensive Guide To Everything That’s Going Impossibly Wrong At The Sochi Winter Olympics. Toilet problems are nothing compared to worrying about getting out alive.
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Don’t You Dare Call Russians Thin-Skinned! Criticism of the Sochi Olympics doesn’t go over well in a land where taking offense is a national pastime.
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An Internet guide to Olympic figure skating fandom. The key word to remember is “drama.”
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A powerful Scotch whisky ad from South Africa wins a gold star from me. You may feel touched by it, but the ending is a real kicker.
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27 Weird And Creepy Vintage Valentine’s Day Cards. Are these meant as double entendres, or is it just your dirty mind?
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Watch a toddler experience rain for the first time. No fear, just infectious joy that will brighten your day.
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How did Americans manage to lose $119 billion gambling last year? Here are five reasons, which may work in combination to get people hooked.
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Today marks seven years since I began working at mental_floss. Here is the very first list I posted.

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Volcanic Eruptions Under Antarctic Ice
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Solid Evidence of Eruptions Under Antarctic Ice. Over 100 volcanoes, hidden under ice sheets, could destabilize the continent.

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In 1859, the United States and Britain Almost Went to War Over a Pig. The farmers of San Juan Island called in the troops to determine sovereignty once and for all.

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The Contentious Physics of Wiffle Ball. An engineer explains his experiments to find out why it curves.

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A Fortune Lost at Sea: Ship Sinks with California Gold Rush Treasure. Hundreds died, and the loss of gold caused several banks to fail.

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How Don Hewitt Invented 60 Minutes and Changed Journalism Forever. The show is beginning its 50th year on the air.

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This Ghost Town was Aiming Nuclear Missiles at America from Just 125 Miles Away. Gudym, on the eastern edge of Russia, is now just a shell of its former self.

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How Scientists are Revolutionizing Beer. Small batches of craft beer enable brewers to experiment and innovate.

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Welcome to One of the World's Last Matriarchal Societies. Kihnu, an island off the coast of Estonia, is struggling to preserve its culture.

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Why Denmark is the World's Happiest Country
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5 Reasons Why Danes Are Happier Than the Rest of Us. The surprise is not the reasons themselves, but the fact that they are common among the population.

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Who Would Win in a Competition Between a Science Museum and a Natural History Museum? A game of one-upmanship was played out on Twitter, and readers were the winners.

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What Happens When War Is Outlawed. Fifteen nations did just that in 1928, but it didn't last long.

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My Three Years in Identity Theft Hell. Proving who you are when someone else is, too, becomes a full-time job with no perks.

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Elon Musk Releases an Explosive Mega-Collection of His Greatest Rocket Failures. Still, risking failure is the only path to technological breakthrough.

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Put Away Your Pumpkins, It's Still Summer. Autumn creep is a sign we're becoming divorced from the natural progression of the growing season.

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Early Time Travel? Why Britain Lost 11 Days in 1752.

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