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After watching The Matrix Reloaded, Swedish researchers determined that there are no fewer than 177,147 ways to tie a necktie.

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In the deep, dark winter months, entries in the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition are a sight for sore eyes.

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If none of the winter Olympic sports are extreme enough for your taste, how does human bowling sound?

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mental_floss likes to keep its readers abreast of all the most amazing facts, but sometimes, a picture-fact is worth a thousand words: How do sperm whales sleep? What was Mount Rushmore supposed to look like? How big is the world’s biggest cat? The answers are all here, and the pictures speak for themselves.

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250 hours, 10,000 rhinestones, and a lot of dedication all came together in one very talented cosplayer’s real-life Elsa (from Frozen) costume.

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As part of a tintype portrait project at the Sundance Film Festival, photographer Victoria Will shot the final portrait of Philip Seymour Hoffman before he died.

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2014 marks 50 years since The Beatles made their American debut with their iconic, breakthrough performances on The Ed Sullivan Show, in front of the screaming fans that came to define “Beatlemania.” Watch all of those performances here.

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Had enough blizzard weather? This map visualizes the American cities that get the most “pleasant” days every year. Consider it a guide to your next vacation spot.

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The Duckmaster Rules the Roost at the Peabody Hotel
Peter Burka, Flickr // CC BY-SA 2.0
Peter Burka, Flickr // CC BY-SA 2.0

The Duckmaster Rules the Roost at the Peabody Hotel. The ducks have been the stars of the show for 85 years.

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Remembering One of the Most Violent Days in the History of the U.S. Senate. A passionate but insulting speech brought out a congressman's wrath—and his cane.

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Investigating One of the Oldest Private Detective Agencies in Paris. The Duluc Détective is still in business after 105 years.

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Why Does Harrison Ford Love Indy And Hate Han? He's been willing to play older versions of both characters anyway, plus Rick Deckard.

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Pterodactyls Probably Didn’t Fly Like We Think They Did. A new study theorizes they resembled birds more than bats in flight.

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Rollin' on the River: Pittsburgh Shanty Boat Life. Thousands who couldn't afford land or rent lived in homemade barge houses.

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How Succulents Took Over Instagram—and Then the World. They make a perfect garden for the Millennial lifestyle.

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Resilience Isn't Innate. Here's How We Can Cultivate It.

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An ‘Outtake’ Video of the Royal Wedding
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BEN STANSALL, AFP/Getty Images

This ‘Outtake’ Video of the Royal Wedding is So Dumb—But So Very Enjoyable. As if it were like everyone else's wedding.

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A Lonely Avocado Searches for His Other Half in The Pits. This sweet short film, written by David Bizzaro, has been selected for more than 30 film festivals so far.

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We’ll First Find Aliens on Eyeball Planets. These are exoplanets that are tidally locked to their star, and carry a thin habitable zone in a ring shape.

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Vulture Ranks Every Star Wars Movie. Ten mini-reviews to justify the rankings include Solo without giving away too much.

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Han Solo was Almost in Revenge of the Sith. His part would have been too silly to believe.

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Deep in the Honduran Rain Forest, an Ecological SWAT Team Explores a Lost World. The diverse biology is a bigger treasure than the lost city that lured explorers there in the first place.

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Roxy, the Long Island Railroad Dog. He knew every train and its schedule, and how to get where he wanted to go.

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The Great Fertility Reversion. America's plummeting birth rate might not be as dire as it seems.

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