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Peggy Whitson Breaks NASA Record for Most Days in Space

Michele Debczak

It's one of many, many records held by the trailblazer.

Charles Crocker: The Man Who Built a 40-Foot-High "Spite Fence" Around His Neighbor’s House

Jake Rossen

When Nicholas Yung wouldn't sell his land to railroad baron Charles Crocker, Crocker built a 40-foot fence around his house and blotted out the sun.

30 Fierce Barbra Streisand Quotes for Her 75th Birthday

Jennifer M Wood

“I don't care what you say about me. Just be sure to spell my name wrong.”

Charging Stand Turns Your iPhone Into a Mini Macintosh

Michele Debczak

Old-school sounds and graphics not included.

15 Smart Gifts for Administrative Professionals' Day

Alvin Ward

Say thanks with a great gift.

Morning Cup of Links: The Spinal Tap Lawsuit

Miss Cellania

We got the links to start your week out right!

Take a Virtual Tour of Atlantium, Australia's Smallest 'Country'

Kirstin Fawcett

The 200-acre micronation overlooks the Lachlan River Valley in New South Wales.

5 Questions: License Plates

Pass rate:75 %
Backwards navigation:Forbidden

What's the Beer Capital of the United States?

Shaunacy Ferro

Vermont has a lot of breweries per capita, but it's not the nation's best place for a craft brew, according to these metrics.

Watch How Stars Will Move Over the Next 5,000,000 Years

Chris Higgins

Constellations are temporary.

Scientists Record an Extremely Intimate Look at How Dolphins Get It On

Shaunacy Ferro

Researchers used a CT scanner to watch how dolphins' oddly shaped junk fits together during sex.

Interactive Map of San Francisco Matches Photos From the 1906 Earthquake to Modern Places

Michele Debczak

The disaster just marked its 111-year anniversary.

Watching 'Mocha Diffusion' Pottery Get Made Is Hypnotic

Mental Floss Studios

It looks as if it has a mind of its own.

How to Destroy the Non-Paper £5 Note

Chris Higgins

It's nearly impossible to tear...but scientists don't stop there.

The Star-Nosed Mole Is Almost Too Weird

Kate Horowitz

With legs like shovels and a tentacle-tipped face, Condylura cristata is in a class of its own.