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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.

A Remote-Controlled Plane Flies Through New York City

Chris Higgins

I would imagine that New Yorkers would be a little concerned about any unusual aircraft zipping around their airspace.

Last Month's Most Popular Stories on mentalfloss.com

Jason English

In case you weren't obsessively refreshing mentalfloss.com in November, here's what you

The Number of the Day: 1 in 133,225

Colin Patrick

The odds of two people with the same birthday having a child who also shares their birthday are around 1 in 133,225. But that's exactly what happened on November 24th to the White family of St.

Brain Game: Math Square #53

The nine white squares inside the main red grid should be filled with the digits 1 through 9. Each digit should appear only once in this main grid (the red square).

Morning Cup of Links: Arsenic Life

Miss Cellania

NASA announced a new kind of microbe that uses arsenic as a chemical building block instead of phosphorus, previously thought to be one of the essential elements of life.

Morning Cup of Links: New Years Eve

Miss Cellania

One of our New Year traditions is to kiss someone at midnight. No pressure there, right? A kiss is a great way to start out a new year on a high note, and here's the science behind it.

The World's First Book of Animals

Allison Keene

For reasons unknown (but unquestioned, as it is pretty awesome), the National Institute for Health has a spellbinding flash presentation of Konrad Gesner’s entire natural history volume, Historiae Ani

4 Public Works of Art Gone Terribly Wrong

Elizabeth Lunday

1. Diego Rivera’s “Man at the Crossroads” The Moral: Never hire a communist to do a capitalist’s

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

Women Rescued After Truck Lands in Tree Erin Dawn Bowser was apparently driving too fast along Route 68 in Evans City, Pennsylvania Monday morning.

Puppies Wearing Hats Eating Bacon Sharing Facts

Stacy Conradt

Vice Presidents never seem to get the glory that Presidents do... and the same goes for their dogs.

Threat Level: Midnight (Or Why There Aren't New Posts Today)

Jason English

Hey everybody. Last night some readers started getting a scary warning message when they tried to visit our site.

A Short History of a Short Tone: The Dial Tone

David K. Israel

Did you ever pick up the phone in another country and miss our North American dial tone?

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