In 1919, just a few months after World War I came to an end, the phrase World War 2 made its debut. The Oxford English Dictionary described it as "a reference to an imagined future war arising out of the social upheaval consequent upon the First World War." Twenty years later, the event wouldn't seem so imaginary.
Join editor-in-chief Erin McCarthy as she journeys into the past to dig up a whopping 100 words that are turning 100 this year in our all-new Mental Floss List Show. Whip out your OED and read along as you check out the full episode below.
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Valar morghulis, indeed. While Game of Thrones is known for its complex plot lines, epic battles, and countless characters, the show would be nothing without its love of gore. Between its major murders and full-scale, fan-favorite clashes like the Battle of the Bastards, there have been seemingly innumerable killings since the show premiered in 2011. It's hard to imagine recounting all the deaths on the show, but thanks to YouTube channel Leon Andrew Razon Compilations, you can watch more than 170,000 of them in just over 20 minutes.
This YouTube video attempts to document each and every death from Game of Thrones's first seven seasons, with a body count totaling a whopping 174,373.
While the video is a bit quick, you can see the scenes of some of the most famous Game of Thrones deaths ever, including those of Joffrey Baratheon and Robb Stark. And even the smallest of deaths are counted, including Melisandre's leeches and the Freys' crow. No person or animal (RIP, Lady) is left out. Battle scenes obviously rack up the most bodies and the tally rises sharply as the seasons progress.
With the upcoming final battle for the Iron Throne and the conclusion of the eighth and final season, we're sure many more names will be added to this list of the dead. We're just hoping our favorite characters can avoid it.
If you've spent the past year bragging to everyone you know about the barely used bowling ball you picked up at a yard sale for a paltry $5, you may want to avoid swapping stories with the two people who have unknowingly purchased original copies of the Declaration of Independence (an estimated 26 of them remain, and are worth about $2.5 million apiece).
In this week's all-new edition of The List Show, Mental Floss editor-in-chief Erin McCarthy is sharing 20 stories of yard sale and flea market finds that turned out to be worth a fortune. You can watch the full episode below. (And be sure to keep your eyes peeled the next time you find yourself sorting through someone else's junk.)
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