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Every Product Billy Mays Ever Pitched

Adrienne Crezo

Billy Mays, America's favorite infomercial star, died three years ago today.

How Did the Term "Open a Can of Worms" Originate?

Matt Soniak

Metaphorically speaking, to open a can of worms is to examine or attempt to solve some problem, only to inadvertently complicate it and create even more trouble.

Morning Cup of Links: Pain and Lies

Miss Cellania

The Google X laboratory unveiled an artificial intelligence computer that can learn new concepts from raw data on the internet.

The Late Movies: 5 Smart People Say Smart Things in 5 Minutes or Less

Chris Higgins

Big Think has interviewed a staggering array of smart people, and is posting micro-interviews on YouTube. For tonight's viewing, I thought I'd collect five favorites.

Facts on a Plane (Or: Entertain Me on My Way Home From Chicago)

Jason English

If the Gogo Flight Tracker is accurate, I'm writing this at 31,083 feet. I'm also kinda bored and looking to justify including my in-flight wi-fi purchase on tomorrow's expense report.

The Missing Links: Cooking Up An Internet Frenzy

Colin Patrick

Bad News: You Cut Your Finger. Good News: That Might Have Been Your First Step Toward Saving A Life. This kit is one of the most brilliant ideas I’ve seen in a while.

Proving ?R² Using Chains, a Ruler, and Sixty Seconds

Chris Higgins

In this brief video, Minute Physics shows a visual proof demonstrating why ?R² gets you the area of a circle.

What Do Olympians Eat? 5 Crazy Training Diets

Danny Groner

Back in 2008, during the Beijing Olympics, we were regaled with stories about the monstrous 12,000 calorie daily diet that American swimming sensation Michael Phelps consumed while gearing up for the

Dietribes: Apricots

Allison Keene

• Apricots originated in China more than 4,000 years ago. The fruit made its way through the Persian Empire and through the Mediterranean where they became a staple.

Last Chance: 20% Off Sale!

Andréa Fernandes

*Sale excludes magazine subscriptions, package deals, and clearance

Brain Game: Off the Deck

Enjoy a new word ladder puzzle as today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Wednesday Wordplay challenge: By changing one letter in each step to form English words, and leaving all other letters in t

Morning Cup of Links: Unusual Punishment

Miss Cellania

The Supreme Court is expected to announce their ruling on the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) on Thursday.

The Late Movies: Coney Island Soundtrack

Erica Palan

On this date in 1927, the historic Cyclone roller coaster opened at Coney Island. (You could ride it for 25 cents back then.

The Missing Links: It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I'm Making Money)

Colin Patrick

The (End of the) World Economy Is Booming The world will end sometime. So you might as well make some money off of the apocalypse while you can.

The Early Jobs of 24 Famous Writers

Adrienne Crezo

Everyone knows that Stephen King was a janitor and Ransom Riggs shared creepy old photos on mentalfloss.com. What did some other famous writers do before their big breaks?