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Make Yourself Smarter With These Beautifully Illustrated, Fact-Filled Instagrams

We love amazing facts here at mental_floss (but you probably already knew that), which is why we were so delighted to find the Instagram of Mike Lowery. The Atlanta-based illustrator creates whimsical drawings depicting random facts that are perfect for impressing your friends and co-workers. For example, did you know that the average pencil can draw a 35-mile-long line? Or that you're more likely to be bitten by another human than a shark? The facts are well worth reading on their own, but the added bonus of charming illustrations makes it a must-follow for anyone with an Instagram account. Here are a few of our favorites below, or you can see them all here. We should also shamelessly mention our own Instagram account, which is brimming with its own set of amazing facts.

President nuggets #randomillustratedfacts #sketchbook

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You Can Now Order Food Through Facebook
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After a bit of controversy over its way of aggregating news feeds and some questionable content censoring policies, it’s nice to have Facebook roll out a feature everyone can agree on: allowing you to order food without leaving the social media site.

According to a press release, Facebook says that the company decided to begin offering food delivery options after realizing that many of its users come to the social media hub to rate and discuss local eateries. Rather than hop from Facebook to the restaurant or a delivery service, you’ll be able to stay within the app and select from a menu of food choices. Just click “Order Food” from the Explore menu on a desktop interface or under the “More” option on Android or iOS devices. There, you’ll be presented with options that will accept takeout or delivery orders, as well as businesses participating with services like Delivery.com or EatStreet.

If you need to sign up and create an account with Delivery.com or Jimmy John’s, for example, you can do that without leaving Facebook. The feature is expected to be available nationally, effective immediately.

[h/t Forbes]

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The Seemingly Simple ‘Math’ Problem That Stumped the Internet
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If you’re a regular Mental Floss reader, you know that we love a good brain teaser. And the one below, which originated on Facebook and has been shared more than 150,000 times, is a great one to test just how sharp you are on a Friday evening at the end of a long workweek.

It’s a seemingly simple enough task: spot the error. Your time starts now…

We’ll give you a minute …

And a little space for you to scroll down to find the answer …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did you figure it out?

The “mistake” is that the word “mistake” is misspelled on the instruction sheet on the left. If you missed that completely, you’re not alone: the grid of numbers is what immediately grabs your attention.

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