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Three Divinely-Inspired Backyards

Ransom Riggs

They say God works in mysterious ways -- and if you look at the things these three men have created in their backyards, a result, each says, of divine inspiration, it seems mysterious indeed.

Neatorama presents: HDYK? - {day 2}

David K. Israel

It's an all-new 5-day trivia hunt! Co-puzzle Master Josh Halbur and I are happy to bring you the next How Did You Know?

Gummy Bear + Potassium Chlorate = Fiery Candy Death

Chris Higgins

So the St. Albans Science Department put up a video showing what happens when a gummy bear is dropped into a test tube containing molten potassium chlorate (KClO3).

History of the U.S.: Libation Nation

Stacy Conradt

The most popular drink in the nineteenth century was whiskey—an “all-American” liquor borrowed from Scotland and Ireland which replaced rum during the British blockades in the American Revolution and

Under the Sea: 5 Underwater Human Habitats

Rob Lammle

While man was flying into outer space in the 1960s, he was also diving into an underwater world that was almost as mysterious.

Brain Game: Health Food

By changing one letter at a time to form different English words, and leaving all other letters in their original positions, convert WHEAT into BREAD in the fewest steps possible.

Morning Cup of Links: Exoskeleton

Miss Cellania

A series at Slate magazine explores whether a man and a woman can really ever be "just friends".

The Number of the Day: 40,000

Andréa Fernandes

Of the 600,000 troops who invaded Russia under Napoleon in 1812, fewer than 40,000 made it back to France. Related Link: This week we're pulling Numbers of the Day from the beautiful and fasci

The Late Movies: Stop Motion, part 2

Andréa Fernandes

Last week we brought you 10 of our favorite stop motion videos. Tonight, we've got 10 more for you. Have a favorite we haven't mentioned?

The Quick 10: The Real People Behind 10 Literary Characters

Stacy Conradt

We’ve learned the background of some children’s book characters here on the _floss (Eloise may have been based on Liza Minnelli, for example), but today we’re uncovering the inspiration for some chara

Another Contest Winner!

Andréa Fernandes

On Friday, we asked readers to submit fascinating insect facts.

Gotta tune in to WIN!

David K. Israel

As promised, here are the details for tonight's LIVE podcast from trivia central here in Los Angeles. First, the prizes! We'll be giving away t-shirts from the mentalfloss store!

How to Make Holograms With An iPad

Ransom Riggs

Yes, you really can make holograms with an iPad -- though it's a bit of a cheat. A beautiful cheat that involves some stop-motion animation, pioneered by BERG Studios.

Mollie Woodworth: Neuroscientist and Cheerleader

Chris Higgins

Mollie Woodworth is currently featured on NOVA's Secret Life of Scientists & Engineers website.

History of the U.S.: A Ridiculously Long and Incomplete List of Things Ben Franklin Invented

Stacy Conradt

We all remember Ben Franklin as a pretty bright guy who discovered some pretty important stuff. The real question is, what didn’t this polymath genius

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