CLOSE

Crime-Fighting Superhero Animals

Before superheroes got grim, there were plenty of crime-fighting animals. Adolescent Radioactive Black Belt Hamsters, anyone?
*
We Need to Study Genuine Cancer "Miracles.” Some patients respond to treatment in a surprising manner, but we don’t know why.
*
The Guns and Goblins of Hudson River Castle. Take a tour of the ruins of Bannerman’s Castle.
*
A New Study Suggests White People Are Mad That Racism Might Be Ending. Cutting into existing privilege is not going over so well.
*
Untangling Google Fiber’s twist on America’s unending digital divide. While the new service offers an alternative to existing cable companies, it’s still out of reach for low-income customers.
*
The Legend of Brendan Frazier’s Tarzan.This mashup of the new Tarzan movie and George of the Jungle meshes so well, it’s eerie.
*
America's suicide epidemic is getting so bad there's now a 'suicide belt.’ The rates are soaring, especially among middle-aged men with guns.
*
Ada Lovelace: The First Computer Programmer. She wrote code in the 1840s.  

nextArticle.image_alt|e
iStock
Scientists Are Pushing For a Ban on Killer Robots
iStock
iStock

A Growing Movement of Scientists is Pushing for a Ban on Killer Robots. Separating human judgment from war is a recipe for disaster.

*

17 Homes You’ve Seen On TV And What They Look Like Off-Screen. Not shown: the tourists who stop and take pictures.

*

The Curious Case of the Law of the Tongue. When orcas help you hunt whales, it's only right to share the meat with them.

*

The Hunt for Mexico’s Heirloom Beans. A return to rare and exotic bean varieties has made the humble legume cool.

*

Why Restaurants Became So Loud—And How to Fight Back. An ambience designed for "buzz" and "energy" can damage your hearing.

*

Should America Go Cash-Free? Digital money is convenient, but total reliance on banks comes with costs.

*

10 Out-of-This-World Facts About Plan 9 From Outer Space. What made it a bad movie also made it a lot of fun.

nextArticle.image_alt|e
iStock
Superman at 80: The Real Values of the Man of Steel
iStock
iStock

Superman at 80: The Real Values of the Man of Steel. Action Comics #1000 celebrates the anniversary by reminding us of what the superhero is all about.

*

North Carolina’s Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park and Museum. Detour your next road trip to enjoy this whimsical attraction.

*

The Rise and Fall of the Hormel Girls, Who Sold America on SPAM. The drum and bugle corps made the act of eating canned meat feel patriotic.

*

O Moldy Night: A Celebration of Molded Food. Outstanding dishes at an event in North Carolina ranged from the sublime to the disgusting.

*

What It's Like To Be Latino In the U.S. The hyphen makes life difficult on both sides.

*

A Real-life Lord of the Flies: the Troubling Legacy of the Robbers Cave Experiment. Muzafer Sherif manipulated boys at summer camp to hate each other in the 1950s, but they only learned the truth as elderly men.

*

Ten Superstitions of Writers and Artists. They must have worked, since all these people became famous.

*

On Pins and Needles: 11 Famous Knitters. The hobby never completely goes out of style.

SECTIONS

arrow
LIVE SMARTER
More from mental floss studios