Inside the Surprisingly Delicious World of Cat Food Taste Testing

Matt Soniak

Cat food is serious business. Taking underutilized and low-value raw materials like animal byproducts and turning them into high-value foods can be, not surprisingly, very lucrative.

Dating Your Blood

Meghan Holohan

The CSI franchise makes it seem like detectives only need a few drops of blood, some saliva, or a strand of hair to close a murder investigation within 24 hours.

Donald Duck on the Futility of Nuclear War

Chris Higgins

In 1952, Disney released the 7-minute cartoon "Applecore" featuring Donald Duck and Chip 'n Dale, the mischievous fast-talking chipmunks.

Creatively Speaking: MeetingBoy

David K. Israel

Read on to win a new Meeting Boy wall calendar! We have a nice interview/contest today with someone you need to know about if you don't already.

Will Science Conquer Tooth Decay?

Ransom Riggs

I'm cavity-prone. It doesn't seem to matter how often I brush (twice a day) or floss (once) or visit the dentist for cleanings (every 4-6 months), I still end up with cavities.

Strangely Specific: A Roundup of Niche Blogs

Miss Cellania

When you want to read about a wide variety of interesting topics, you come here to mental_floss.

Brain Game: Frosty's Scalp Condition

By changing one letter at a time to form different English words, and leaving all other letters in their original positions, convert WHITE into FLAKE in the fewest steps possible.

Morning Cup of Links: Pearl Harbor Day

Miss Cellania

The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that brought the US into World War II occurred 69 years ago today.

The Chicago Tribune Endorses Split Decision!

Jason English

If you were waiting to see what the Chicago Tribune thought about Split Decision before picking up a copy, the verdict is in.

The Late Movies: How to Drive Telemarketers Insane

Ransom Riggs

Telemarketers bugging you? Bug them back! It may not stop the calls, but it'll definitely make you feel better.

The Quick 10: Facts About 10 Christmas Hits

Stacy Conradt

I’ve finally decided it’s OK to listen to Christmas songs. Stores have been playing them since Halloween (I so don’t miss that about working retail), but I’ve banned them in my car until recently.

Going Solar

David K. Israel

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How Lasers Can Protect You From Pirates

the mag

by David DiSalvo In the battle to control the high seas, there’s a new ray of light—the modern

Afternoon Giveaway: The Runaway Alarm Clock

Jason English

Exciting news! The good people at UncommonGoods have given us a sack filled with cool stuff to hand out to our readers this week.

How Important is Empathy?

Ransom Riggs

According to my buddy John M.