CLOSE
Original image
Wikimedia Commons

Pigeon Mail

Original image
Wikimedia Commons

Passenger pigeons: coming soon to the air near you, maybe. 

*

Right around World Cup season, Americans around the world start to get flack for calling the black-and-white ball sport "soccer," rather than "football" – but as with so many other confusing cultural quirks that Americans have, it's actually the British who are to blame.

*

On a cynical day, it's not unreasonable for a well-intentioned, would-be environmentalist to pause before walking an extra few steps to the recycling bin, wondering if that aluminum will actually be recycled anyway. The odds say it's worth the effort

*

It must have been hard to keep track of every death on the latest season of Game of Thrones, so here they are in one place: all 169 of them

*

Residents of a rural area outside Bangkok witnessed an impromptu parade of thousands of ducks in the street this past week, and no one is sure why. 

*

Viral music video champions OK Go are promoting their latest single with a series of optical illusions, all shot in one take, that you'll want to rewatch so many times that the song inevitably gets stuck in your head. Clever marketing, that.

*

The delivery person at the door may be hiding the soul of an artist – or at least the soul of someone who can draw a pretty good dinosaur on the inside of that greasy pizza box.

Are internet users ready to leave behind funny cat videos and move on to goats doing parkour

Original image
iStock
The Magic of Making Marbles
Original image
iStock

The Magic of Making Marbles. An expert glassblower shows us how it's done.

*

The Marriage of Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio. It burned brightly and then flamed out quickly.

*

The 12 Best So-Bad-They're-Good Episodes of Star Trek. They come from four different series in the adventures of Starfleet.

*

The Bizarre Case of New Zealand’s Exploding Pants. This illustrates the danger of new products that aren't thoroughly tested.

*

Leather: Grown in a Lab, Without Cows. It's collagen produced by engineered yeast that is essentially the same as tanned animal skin.

*

Watch a Rare Video of a Two-Faced Kitten. And learn what might cause a Janus cat to be born that way.

*

5 Great Alarm Clocks for Reluctant Wakers. A novel idea could really get your attention first thing in the morning.

*

Autumnal Equinox Traditions. How folks say goodbye to summer and hello to fall—at least in the Northern Hemisphere.

Original image
iStock
The Greatest Internet Recipe Comment of All Time
Original image
iStock

The Story Behind the Greatest Internet Recipe Comment of All Time. It was about a brownie recipe, but it escalated quickly.

*

Why Is America Losing Ground in the Contest to Grow the World’s Biggest Pumpkin? The largest of the season have been grown in Europe two out of the last three years.

*

Sorry, Not Sorry: When Apologizing Makes Things Worse. Adding an apology to a rejection doesn't make you appear any better.

*

Driving in Germany is Much Better than Driving in America. And, considering the size of Germany, there's a lot less of it.

*

This Cosplayer Transforms Himself into Real Life Versions of Disney Heroes. Jonathan Stryker is a master at becoming a cartoon.

*

How the Star Trek Punch Became the Worst Fight Move on TV. A Star Trek stunt coordinator explains why they continue to use the double-handed punch.

*

23 College Secrets Your Professors Will Never Tell You. Unless you ask, which is one thing you should do.

*

This Guide Will Help You Choose Your Apples Wisely. There's one for every taste and purpose.

SECTIONS

arrow
LIVE SMARTER
More from mental floss studios