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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.

Morning Cup of Links: Awesome Namibia

Miss Cellania

The Secrets of Failure. We all make mistakes -the important part is how well we bounce back afterward. * Over half the U.S. is sweltering in a heat wave.

The Bug That Wears Its Victims Like Armor

Jill Harness

With a name like the assassin bug, you can be sure this is one tough insect.

5 Questions: "-x" Marks the Spot

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5 Pop Culture Apocalypse Scenarios and How They Might Happen

David W Brown

Since the earliest days, humankind has pondered the end of the world. We’ve imagined messianic judgment days, cataclysmic comets, hyperspace bypasses, and Mega Maids.

Weekend Links: The Best Author-On-Author Insults

Allison Keene

From James, a stunning flash mob.

Every Space Shuttle Launch in One Video

Chris Higgins

NASA's Space Shuttle program (formally known as the "Space Transportation System" or STS) saw 135 launches, beginning in 1982.

What Is Greenwich Mean Time?

Matt Soniak

In south London, at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, it’s possible to walk up to a metal strip running along the ground in a courtyard and, stepping over it with one foot, straddle the world.

Last Week's Most Popular Stories

Jason English

In case you weren't obsessively refreshing mentalfloss.com all week, here's what you

This is What 10,500,000 Firecrackers Looks Like

Chris Higgins

This is the time of year when I trot out the time-honored tradition of complaining about my neighbors' late-night disposal of leftover fireworks.

7 Political Disagreements Settled With Fists and Hair-Pulling

Haley Sweetland Edwards

Anyone with even a fleeting relationship to political news these days has probably noticed that partisan bickering in the U.S.

Weekend Links: 88 Books That Shaped America

Allison Keene

The Library of Congress has chosen 88 books that shaped America, do you agree with their choices? They are willing to take your suggestions as well!

Why Don't Spiders Get Stuck in Their Webs?

Matt Soniak

Image credit: StockbyteWhen a bug flies into a spider web, the game is over. It’s almost instantly stuck, and a sitting duck for the web’s owner.

The Late Movies: Light Sabers for Everyone!

Miss Cellania

With modern software like Adobe After Effects, anyone can have a light saber!