CLOSE
Wikimedia Commons
Wikimedia Commons

Food Fight!

Wikimedia Commons
Wikimedia Commons

The streets of Buñol, Spain got saucy during the city's annual La Tomatina festival, featuring 20,000 participants engaging in a tomato-throwing free-for-all.

*

A lost chapter from an early draft of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory features a scene in the Vanilla Fudge Room so unsettling that it was excised from published editions.

*

Some classic novels have first lines so iconic that they can be recognizably translated into nothing more than a string of emojis.

*

Recent New York City transplant Jonathan Novick created a short film, in part using a hidden camera, to illustrate his experiences living with dwarfism in hopes of raising public awareness of the unique struggles little people face every day.

*

Longtime Lou Gehrig's disease sufferer Stephen Hawking declined to undertake the Ice Bucket Challenge for health reasons, but his children valiantly took the icy cold hit on his behalf.

*

In a publicity stunt to demonstrate the effectiveness of his company’s new steam cleaner, one dedicated brand manager put his mouth where his money is by literally eating off the floor of a filthy subway station.

*

The North Pond Hermit, who lived alone in the woods of Maine for almost 30 years, reluctantly tells the story of his isolated existence.

nextArticle.image_alt|e
iStock
The Secret Underground Life of Newborn Meerkat Pups
iStock
iStock

The Secret Underground Life of Newborn Meerkat Pups. Nature photographers fitted a meerkat with a camera to get a look inside.

*

America’s Secret Ice Base Won’t Stay Frozen Forever. When the glacier hiding it is gone, environmental hazards will be exposed.

*

All 11 Versions of the U.S.S. Enterprise, Ranked. With each described in excruciating detail.

*

How Tennessee Became the Final Battleground in the Fight for Suffrage. The process was much dirtier than we ever learned in school.

*

A Remix in Tribute to Han Solo. He had a lot of great lines over four films, so Eclectic Method gave them rhythm and rhyme.

*

Ishmael Beah tells what it was like to go from child soldier in Sierra Leone to high school student in New York. His classmates couldn't figure out why he was so good at paintball.

*

A Brief History of Credit Cards. They aren't as old as you might have thought.

*

10 Allegedly Cursed Objects. Just keep telling yourself that all the bad things that happened around them could be coincidence.

nextArticle.image_alt|e
BOB GALBRAITH, AFP/Getty Images
How Four Undergrads Got the Scoop on the Unabomber
BOB GALBRAITH, AFP/Getty Images
BOB GALBRAITH, AFP/Getty Images

How Four Undergrads Got the Scoop on the Unabomber. When news outlets couldn't get to Montana in time, J-school volunteers went into action.

*

Kottabos, the Ancient Greek Drinking Game. The skill involved was flinging wine from one's own cup at a target.

*

An Acid Trip with Groucho Marx. Yeah, he did LSD. At age 77.

*

How Creedence Clearwater Revival Became the Soundtrack to Every Vietnam War Movie. It's not only because those songs take you to that specific era.

*

Owen KC Stephens tells a wonderful story about the time an elderly British couple wanted to learn how to play a Star Wars role-playing game. They didn't know what a role-playing game was, but they knew what they were doing.

*

These Freaky Fish Can Turn Their Eyes Into Flashlights. The triplefin is tiny, but controls its own super power.

*

Unauthorized Dwelling at Yale. Student Allan Kornfeld couldn't afford the dorm charges, so he lived in a campus ventilation shaft for his senior year.

*

The Resistance Group That Battled Hitler With Words. The students who worked under the name White Rose paid dearly for their efforts.

SECTIONS

arrow
LIVE SMARTER
More from mental floss studios