CLOSE
Original image
FastCo

Post-Apocalyptic Landmarks

Original image
FastCo

Two visual effects artists have created concept art of what famous international landmarks like Amsterdam's canals and the Eiffel Tower might look like after a global apocalypse. Hopefully, we'll never have to find out for sure whether they're right.

*

Not all tea is created equal. Whether black, green, white, or oolong, do justice to the particular brew by steeping it for the perfect length of time: no more, no less.

*

It takes a few seconds to notice what feels off about these portraits: each one is of two people, similar (often related) but different. Where one begins and the other ends, the subjects themselves might not even know.

*

Is there a difference between being drunk on wine, drunk on beer, drunk on gin, and drunk on tequila? Technically, no.

*

Confused about this ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) charity ice bucket challenge? So is Conan O'Brien.

*

Guardians of the Galaxy's dancing baby Groot has taken audiences hearts, and the Internet, by storm, yet even the biggest fans will have to admit to themselves that trees can't really dance. Who, then, was behind the motion-captured moves that inspired the animators?

*

The newest yo-yo world champion would've been the coolest kid at recess by far.

*

Character actors refuse to play second fiddle to those spotlight-stealing A-list celebrities anymore.

Original image
Keystone/Getty Images
Einstein is Proved Right (Again)
Original image
Keystone/Getty Images

Deep in the Heart of Our Galaxy, Einstein is Proved Right Again. His theory of general relativity holds true even at the black hole near the center of our galaxy.

*

"Total Eclipse of the Heart" Was Almost a Meat Loaf Song. It was written for him, but then detoured to Bonnie Tyler.

*

The Atomic Bomb That Was Too Big To Use. The largest nuclear bomb ever made, Tsar Bomba, was actually a scaled-down version of the original design.

*

6 Weirdly Specific Ideas Movies Have About Normal Bathrooms. You'll be surprised by the many times the same weird thing happens in a bathroom across different fictional worlds.

*

What It’s Like to Apartment Hunt With a Boyfriend Who Has No Credit Score. He's a responsible guy, but couldn't prove it on paper.

*

The 33 Most Romantic Moments In TV History. Get your hankies out.

*

27 Hilariously Nasty Sounding Mushroom Species Names. They would be hurt by them if they had feelings.

Original image
iStock
The Mind-Bending Science of Awe
Original image
iStock

The Mind-Bending Science of Awe. Encountering something that overwhelms your previous experience can be terrifying or enlightening.

*

Dominoes and Fire. See a chain reaction of dominoes—powered by candles, hot air, and burning sparklers.

*

Alan Hale Jr. "The Skipper." Meet the man behind the Gilligan's Island character.

*

The 9 Most Nightmarish Movies About Nuclear Attacks. None of them are as scary as growing up during the Cold War arms race.

*

5 Tips from NASA for Photographing the Total Solar Eclipse on August 21. The secret is preparing ahead of time.

*

The Bloody San Antonio Origins of Chili Con Carne. One of the possible origin stories goes back as far as an uprising in 1813.

*

The United States of Movies. The most iconic film set in each state, plotted on a colorful map.

*

7 Spacecraft NASA Has Landed on Mars. Some future civilization may discover it and call it a robot planet.

SECTIONS

arrow
LIVE SMARTER
More from mental floss studios