Cenosillicaphobia is the fear of an empty glass.
Before joining forces with the mental_floss gang, my blogging career started at YesButNoButYes. It's been a big week for them, with several fascinating entries.
We love strange psychological disorders here at mental_floss. Refer to past blogs regarding Proprioception Deficit Disorder and extreme narcissism, among others.
Junctural metanalysis: sounds like a Jungian term, eh?
I was just flipping through a recent back issue of the New Yorker and discovered that one of the highlights of my childhood was based on a lie (a lie, I tell you!):
The mother of all bedtime stories,
You may think it's 2007, but in Japan, it's now officially the year of the boar.
This dolphin-shaped boat appeared in Wired's NextFestÂ in 2005Â but I'd not seen a video of the boat in action until today.Â Much of the boat was made from discarded pieces of figher jets.
From the floss archives: a look back at ten "trials of the century" and why they all deserve that dubious honor.
1. 1906: The State vs.
Who knew the new Google Patent Search feature could be put to such fun use. Apparently, the folks at Ironic Sans have culled a bunch of patents filed by celebrities.
Yesterday, we discussed the real names of music legends. Greg Kihn was not on that list. That's because Kihn, who now hosts a morning radio show in San Jose, absolutely loves his given name.
It's a New Year, and our first Thursday! So you know what that means"¦ Today I'm naming that odd thingamajig you find supporting a lampshade. It's called, rather simply, a harp.
What do 24 species of bird, 72 snails, 74 insects and 97 plants have in common?
I'm not sure what's more bizarre -- the fact that this scientist found a new type of bacteria living inside mitochondria (the cellular energy factories that themselves arose from bacteria),
Terribly sad news from the Georgia Aquarium yesterday:
ATLANTA -- Gasper, one of the Georgia Aquarium's five prized beluga whales, was euthanized Tuesday morning after months of declining health
Check out this interactive series of infographics at NYTimes.com.
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What's better than green power? People power, say some forward-thinking engineers.