CLOSE
Original image

Pietro Zanarini via Flickr // CC BY 2.0 

Clearing Snow Canyon

Original image

Pietro Zanarini via Flickr // CC BY 2.0 

How to Clear a Path Through 60 Feet of Snow, Japanese Style. Snow Canyon can be buried under all the snow.
*
How to practice effectively…for just about anything. While you're building your muscles, you're building your brain, too.     
*
The Candy Thief. Can you solve the puzzle and the crime?
*
King Kong, Star Wars And The Bogus Notion Of “Dated” Special Effects. Learning to suspend your disbelief is the key to enjoying a great story.
*
Why Dentistry Is Separate From Medicine. Like so many things, it boils down to money and power.
*
18 Dangerous Toys From History That Are Better Left In The Past. They were a lot of fun, though.
*
How reality TV is getting even more unreal. If they're going to script the drama, they should get people who can deliver their lines convincingly.
*
The Super Luxe History of Pineapples (and Why They Used to Cost $8000). Lucky for us, there's enough to go around now.  

Original image
iStock
Incredible Teamwork From Little Clownfish
Original image
iStock

Incredible Teamwork From Little Clownfish. An entire family works together to build a new nest for the next generation.

*

10 People Who Survived the Impossible. When their lives were at stake, they rose to the occasion.

*

An Illustrated Look at the Terlingua Chili Cook-Off. In Texas, where chili cook-offs are practically everyday events, this one is the biggie, and it comes with a ton of history.

*

Meet the Actor Behind the New Star Wars Character. Kelly Marie Tran spent years going to auditions, then in 2015, her life changed forever.

*

The Hidden Science and Tech of the Byzantine Empire. The successor to the Roman Empire was responsible for breakthroughs in math, engineering, astronomy, and other sciences.

*

Why the Movies Are So Obsessed With Capes. It's how a costume can add to the drama.

*

The Origin Story of the Peace Sign. It was a call for nuclear disarmament almost 60 years ago.

*

10 Ancient Textiles That Will Blow Your Mind. If only we could get our jeans and socks to last so long.

Original image
iStock
Prescribing Booze During Prohibition
Original image
iStock

The Lucrative Business of Prescribing Booze During Prohibition. Medicinal liquor was a legal loophole that everyone wanted to use.

*

Russell Johnson: More Than "The Professor." The Gilligan's Island star was once a staple of Western movies and TV.

*

How Nick Offerman Is Using Woodworking to Help Americans in Need. Would Works is a nonprofit organization that pays homeless people for helping in a woodworking shop.

*

Mangilaluk’s Highway. The story of an Inuit boy who ran away from residential school illustrates the problems of an entire region.

*

How I Trained My Cats. Chef Jun Yoshizuki explains how his cats can behave so well while he cooks for his YouTube videos.

*

The Underrated Charm of Ice Fishing. Looking at vintage photographs of the pastime is quite charming, as long as we can stay warm inside while we do it.

*

12 Terrible Pieces of Advice for Pregnant Women. When in doubt, ask your doctor.

SECTIONS

arrow
LIVE SMARTER
More from mental floss studios