CLOSE
Original image
ThinkStock

Build Lines, Lose Weight

Original image
ThinkStock

The Tetris Diet

Everyone's favorite falling puzzle game might be able to help you lose weight. If you’re looking to do just that, make sure you network with this person.

*

M-A-R-A-T-H-O-N

The competitors at this spelling bee were so T-R-E-M-E-N-D-O-U-S and P-R-O-D-I-G-I-O-U-S that the judges ran out of words. I also just love that this entire article is made of nothing more than definitions.

*

Little Mistake, Huge Result

The next time you make a very small, seemingly insignificant error, just be glad it didn’t lead to a World War. Check out these tiny flubs that had huge historical ramifications.

*

Wish You Were Here

Cracked gathered 11 of the most absurd and disturbing memorials and tourist attractions around the world.

*

The Holy Steal

The Pope recently admitted that he once stole something off of the body of a dead priest.

*

On the Tracks

Do you love to write? Do you love to travel? Maybe you should apply for Amtrak’s Writer’s Residency.

*

New CliffsNotes: What is Crimea?

What exactly is going on in Ukraine?

*

Business Is A Cat Eat Cat World

Experience it through the eyes of Business Cat.

Original image
Dennis Rowe / Stringer / Hulton Archive // Getty Images
Why Hospitals Started Displaying Babies Through Windows
Original image
Dennis Rowe / Stringer / Hulton Archive // Getty Images

Why Hospitals Started Displaying Newborn Babies Through Windows. And why we don't want the custom to die out.

*

When London Bridge Moved … to Arizona? The entire stone bridge was dismantled, shipped, and rebuilt in the American desert.

*

The Tom and Jerry Story. Almost 80 years later, we still enjoy the cat-and-mouse game.

*

11 Geographic Markers That Are Totally Inaccurate. It could be a mistake, a matter of convenience, or the shifting earth.

*

5 Sequels That Introduce Huge Plot Holes To The Originals. You'd think that someone somewhere would be in charge of making film franchises internally consistent from one movie to the next.

*

Zero-G Blood and the Many Horrors of Space Surgery. We'll have to be ready for it if we're going to Mars.

*

Meet the Man Who Has Lived Alone on This Island for 28 Years. In 1989, Mauro Morandi's catamaran drifted onto Budelli Island in the Mediterranean Sea, and he never left.

*

14 Huge Facts About Elephant Seals. They stand out even among weird marine animals.

Original image
iStock
Peanuts Aren't Nuts
Original image
iStock

Why aren't peanuts classified as nuts? Turns out, they're closer to green beans than you think. Peanuts are biologically legumes.

*

What This Company Is Offering Employees Is Raising a Privacy Debate. Would you let your company implant a chip in your hand?

*

Your Roomba is Spying on You. The devices have been gathering information about your home, and that data could be more valuable to Roomba maker iRobot Corp than the sales of its vacuum cleaner.

*

The Legend of The Fatal Sisters: Voodoo practitioner Marie Laveau put a curse on plantation owner De Coucy, swearing his bloodline would die out, but he ignored it.

*

Are Helicopter Parents Ruining Summer Camp? Kids don't mind giving up their cell phones for the week, but it really bothers parents.

*

He Thought Butternut Squash was Cheese: Funny observation of the daily struggles of customer service employees and the fact that the customer is not always right.

*

Why you should vacation somewhere new, unexpected, and totally out of your comfort zone.

*

15 Monumental Facts About the Lincoln Memorial. One tidbit: The project took a long and winding road from idea to finished structure.

SECTIONS

arrow
LIVE SMARTER
More from mental floss studios