Earth Observatory/NASA
Earth Observatory/NASA

The Volcano that Changed Everything

Earth Observatory/NASA
Earth Observatory/NASA

The Volcano That Rewrote History. When Tambora erupted in 1815, the effects were felt everywhere, and for a long time.
*
To say we have an obsession with cell phones is the understatement of the century. Here are 30 pictures of this obsession that you may recognize yourself in.
*
The Fictional Country Quiz. Can you match the made-up nation to the movie, TV show, book, comic, or video game it came from?
*
Win fights about the success of various superhero franchises with this chart. Watch out, Batman, Iron Man is waiting to eclipse you!
*
Washington University in St. Louis brought in an adorable bear cub to help students de-stress before finals. They were plenty stressed when they were bitten and scratched and threatened with rabies shots.
*
This Dog Befriending A Disabled Kitten Might Be The Most Heartwarming Thing You’ll See Today. Ralphee has cerebellar hypoplasia and a huge guardian to watch over her.
*
Breakdancing Buddhist monks honor fallen Beastie Boy. And we find out what they wear underneath those robes.
*
How to take the perfect nap, according to science. Apparently my daily two-hour nap is not optimum, but it works for me.

nextArticle.image_alt|e
iStock
17 Pieces Of Advice For New Dads
iStock
iStock

17 Pieces Of Advice For New Dads That Are Actually Really Helpful. You can never spend too much time bonding with your child.

*

Raccoon and the Light. The cute animated story of a raccoon that found a flashlight shows what forest creatures do in the dark.

*

Behind the Scenes at the National Zoo’s Kitchen. Catering to the needs and preferences of 1800 animals is no picnic.

*

The Stanford Prison Experiment was Massively Influential, But Fraudulent. Shocking experiments become classics, while their irregularities and the failure to replicate their results are barely noticed.

*

4 True Crime Stories Starring Famous Historical Figures. Featuring Abraham Lincoln, Arthur Conan Doyle, Queen Elizabeth, and Colonel Sanders.

*

Bark In The Park Event Goes Sideways. What could possibly go wrong when you combine good dogs and flying baseballs?

*

What Do Women Want? Pockets! There's no good reason we can't stash a phone as easily as men do.

*

Why Father's Day Was 58 Years in the Making. It wasn't an official holiday until 1972!

nextArticle.image_alt|e
iStock
The Day the Sun Erupted
iStock
iStock

The Day the Sun Erupted. Every 11 years or so, plasma will spew hundreds of thousands of kilometers out from the sun's surface.

*

The Hidden History of Shanghai’s Jewish Quarter. The city welcomed refugees from Nazi persecution when no one else would.

*

The 10 Most Deceptive PR Campaigns in History. Watch out for the dehydrated cane syrup from a banana republic!

*

The Saga of the MPR Raccoon. One wild animal in downtown St. Paul brought thousands of people together.

*

The First Look At Wonder Woman 2 Sees a Surprising Hero Return. What could have been a spoiler is now the main promotional hook.

*

The History of Flexi Discs. Sound recordings on the cheap alternative to vinyl were good for everything from marketing to Cold War smuggling.

*

30 Iconic Performances That Were Actually Plan B (Or Plan Z). In the end, the right person got to play the role or sing the song.

*

9 Alarming Facts About Coral Reef Bleaching. The cascading disaster affects all parts of the ocean's ecology.

SECTIONS

arrow
LIVE SMARTER
More from mental floss studios