Yawning is so contagious that it can spread to dogs and monkeys.
In response to the post How to Be a Local Character, mental_floss readers contributed many names of characters who found fame in cities across the country and around the world.
Meet Hal. He's a successful commercial artist. He's also the guy at work whoÂ never seems to have change for a dollar for the vending machine.
Just like films, TV shows often go through several name changes from original concept to pilot script to pitch meeting to "We think it would be more marketable if you called it"¦.." He
Who Really Discovered the North Pole? Was it Robert E. Peary in 1909 or Dr. Frederick A. Cook in 1908?
100 Ways to Kill a Peep.
(2) William Shakespeare
You may remember Shakespeare as arguably the greatest and most influential author. That should about do it. What, you want more?
My local historical society (Oregon Historical Society) has fallen on hard times lately, and recently closed its research library, temporarily permanently laying off most of its librarians (update: 15
This week, David Clark is our tour guide as we take a closer look at some of America's greatest monuments.
In the case of these 10 celebrities, the name you know them by is NOT the name they were born with. Will the real Bono please stand up?! Pick the birth name that is closest to correct.
I'm disturbingly interested in medical oddities (I know I'm not the only one out there, flossers), and the fact that these belong to people we know make them even more interesting.
(3) Louis Pasteur
Pasteur was microbiology's one-man wrecking crew.
Hunting for a job is rarely fun, but it can be especially miserable during an economic crisis.
(4) Ludwig van Beethoven
We'll yield the floor to the Encyclopedia Britannica on this one: "Widely regarded as the greatest composer who ever lived, Ludwig van Beethoven dominates a period
They're a lot like Robocop "“ except instead of patrolling the mean streets of Detroit in a fictional future, they could be patrolling the mean waters of the Thames.
(1) Sir Isaac Newton
It may be a myth that Newton discovered the law of gravity when an apple bonked him on the noggin, but it's tough to argue with the guy's genius credentials.
"¢ The Washington Post had this to say about the toothpick, which I really think says it all: "A satirist once described a fictitious journal, titled 'History's Splendid Splinter,&