Taco Bell is named for its founder, Glen Bell.
Coat patterns such as a zebra’s stripes afford animals the ability to blend into their environment and among other individuals with the same patterns.
Naming a dinosaur is no easy task.
Today's balloon animals—those mainstays of carnivals and country fairs—all begin as flat, 60-inch-long "worms." Air gives the worm structure, and twists give it
Picture this: You’re sitting on your couch in the dark alone, watching a scary movie. The killer is walking toward an unsuspecting victim, then suddenly jumps out at her.
These characters had their own fairy tales and books and, later, Disney movies. They were also the basis for psychological disorders and personality types.
Some might believe that scientists stay holed up in their laboratories wearing white coats, mixing chemicals, and hanging out with lab animals, but the truth is that we do get out occasionally.
Wikimedia Commons"Happy as a clam" is one of those expressions that makes you wonder: Does this phrase come from an actual measurement of the happiness of
Stereoscopy—the illusion of depth created by showing a separate image to each eye—is at least as old as photography itself.
Every time you watch Antiques Roadshow, you probably wonder: Just how do we know what items are antiques?The rule of thumb used by most antique dealers is that anything about 100 years or older is an
The Internet is obsessed with Nikola Tesla, with good reason. But I would argue that one of his predecessors, Michael Faraday, is just as worthy of all that attention.
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Mad Magazine, the subversive satire-laced magazine best known as the home of Alfred E.
Don’t freak out if your flatmate says he will be sure to knock you up in the morning.
Historically, dockworkers covered their hats with tar and let that harden to offer some protection against falling objects.
A couple of weeks ago, we sent out a call for pitches from college students who wanted to write for mental_floss—and we were flooded with excellent ideas.
The colored swirls indicate the tail end of Saturn's massive storm that occurred sometime between 2010 and 2011.