32 Facts About the Witness Protection Program

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YouTube via Mental Floss

If you have information that could help prosecutors put criminals behind bars, but you think it might cost you your life, you’re in luck: The Federal Witness Protection Program can give you a new one. Since the 1970s, the government has been relocating witnesses with new names, new homes, and sometimes even new faces.

While it’s notoriously secretive, we’ve managed to uncover 32 facts about the business of giving sources a new lease—or nose—on life. Check them out in this all-new edition of The List Show with Mental Floss editor-in-chief Erin McCarthy.

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The Real Origins of 20 Scary Stories

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Admit it: You've looked into the mirror and said "Bloody Mary" several times ... then momentarily worried that a vengeful ghost might appear and murder you. When and where did this terrifying tradition originate? While both Mary, Queen of Scots and Queen Mary I (who was known as "Bloody Mary") have been cited as source of this particularly creepy piece of folklore, there's no evidence to support either claim. But we've got the real story.

In this all-new edition of "The List Show," Mental Floss editor-in-chief Erin McCarthy—decked out in her finest candy corn-covered duds—traces the origins of 20 scary stories, including which urban myths are aren't myths at all.

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24 Fascinating Facts About ASMR ("In" ASMR)

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Mental Floss via YouTube

Does the sound of whispering trigger a sense of relaxation in your brain? What about paper-crinkling, finger-tapping, or Bob Ross talking about painting happy little trees? If simple actions like these give you "brain tingles," you may be experiencing a reaction known as autonomous sensory meridian response, or ASMR.

In this (very quiet) edition of The List Show, Mental Floss editor-in-chief Erin McCarthy dives into the fascinating world of ASMR, including what triggers it and who the most popular ASMRtist is out there today. So get comfortable and listen up.

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