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All the Ways to Tie a Tie

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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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5 Fun Ways to Call or Track Santa
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5 Fun Ways to Call or Track Santa This Holiday Season. Your children will never forget the experience.

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Dr. No: The First James Bond Movie. Peruse some trivia behind the film that started it all in 1962.

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We Should Teach Basic Lifesaving Skills to Everyone. Even kids can develop the skills to be a hero when they are needed.

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The Rise and Fall and Rise of South Africa’s Ostrich King. Lithuanian entrepreneur Max Rose raised his own birds to decorate European ladies' hats.

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In 1932, Rabbi Dr. Akiva Posner and His Wife Rachel of Kiel, Germany, Placed Their Hanukkah Menorah in a Window Facing the Nazi Party Headquarters Across the Street. The family still uses that menorah.

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The Doomsday Diet. Cold War bunkers were stocked for survival, not gourmet dining.

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38 Wonderful Words With No English Equivalent. If we could pronounce them, we would adopt them.

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The Groundbreaking Life of the First Black Astronaut
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The Groundbreaking Life of the First Black Astronaut. In 1966, Robert Lawrence, Jr. was selected for a space program you've never heard of.

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A Hubo Humanoid Robot Carried the Olympic Torch in Daejon, South Korea, on Monday. It showed off a bit by cutting a hole through a wall to pass the torch on.

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The Little Blue Pill: An Oral History of Viagra. A trial of the blood pressure medicine sildenafil had a strange side effect that made it world-famous.

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Banner Ladies: The Human Billboards of Yesteryear. Looking back on a peculiar advertising trend of the 1870s.

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The Surprising History of the Kimono. It went from simple body covering to cultural icon during the Edo period.

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Confessions of a Star Wars Nerd. No matter how much of a fan you consider yourself, there is always someone who will out-geek you.

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Incredible Photographs of a Doomed 1914 Antarctic Expedition. Over two years, they lived on a ship, on ice, and on an island before they could leave.

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