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Vi Hart Makes a Video About Making a Video About Making a Video

Chris Higgins

Vi Hart makes videos primarily about math (we've written about her before). But how does she make the videos?

Why Were CD Boxes So Big in the Early 1990s?

Bill DeMain

Image credit: Daniel R. Tobias/Wikimedia CommonsI was working at Tower Records back in the late 1980s, when the compact disc started replacing the vinyl LP. Beyond the arguments over the analog vs.

Ice Cream or Not Ice Cream?

Miss Cellania

As we plod through the heat wave of the summer, few things are more refreshing than an ice cream treat. The biggest problem is getting it from the store to the house before it melts!

17 Famous Literary Characters Almost Named Something Else

Stacy Conradt

Here’s the story of famous characters who experienced an identity change before publication.

Brain Game: Hey, Nineteen

America's states are favorite subjects for the mentalfloss.com Brain Game Tuesday Test Time challenge. Good luck! Which non-coastal U.S.

Morning Cup of Links: Levitating Light

Miss Cellania

Is the Web Driving Us Mad?

World War I Centennial: Confusion Reigns in Constantinople

Erik Sass

Installment #25: Turkish fortunes took a sharp turn for the worse in 1911-1912, as the ailing multinational Ottoman Empire was first attacked by Italy, then assailed by an Albanian uprising, while the

A Brief History of the Wife Carrying World Championships

Julia Davis

EPA/MARKKU OJALA/LANDOV It’s probably the most painstaking, heart wrenching, and stress inducing test of dedication a marriage can face.

Watch People Buy Guns N' Roses CDs and Tapes at Midnight in 1991

Jason English

This is how we acquired new music in 1991. Lines at midnight! Comically oversized CD packaging! Actual stores!

The Missing Links: Fantastic Non-Fiction Names

Colin Patrick

Taking Lincoln Liberties Let’s get a few things straight about our 16th president. Abe Lincoln was never abducted by two time-traveling California teenagers for a school report.

How the Chrysler Building Got So Tall at the Last Minute

Chris Higgins

When the Chrysler Building was completed in 1930, it was the tallest building in the world -- for 11 months.

Music History #2: "Smoke on the Water"

Bill DeMain

Editor's Note: This is the second installment of Bill DeMain's new column, where he explores the real historical events that inspired various songs.

5 Adult-Friendly Food Fights Around the World

Julia Davis

1. The Battle of

How Did Slipping on a Banana Peel Become a Comedy Staple?

Laura Turner Garrison

It is now a deadly weapon in Mario Kart and a slapstick comedy staple, but how did the banana peel gets its reputation as such a threatening object?A Danger to SocietyBefore the discovery of its comed

Brain Game: Math Square #128

Enjoy today's Monday Math Square mentalfloss.com Brain Game challenge: Place the digits 1 through 9 in the white blanks so that the mathematical equations work both across and down.