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Defrost Your Car in Record Time With These Tips

Rebecca OConnell

Spoiler: kitty litter can help.

Hear the True Story of How 'NBA Jam' Almost Didn't Get Made

Andrew LaSane

The lead game designer talks about overcoming rejection to create an arcade classic.

Artist Builds a Floating Forest in a New York City Warehouse

Anna Green

Artist and designer Michael Neff has created a suspended forest using New York residents' discarded Christmas trees.

10 Charities Looking for Yarn Crafters

Miss Cellania

Put your knitting and crocheting skills to work for those in need.

Beluga Whales Use Bubbles to Communicate

Michele Debczak

Those adorable bubble rings have a purpose.

How New York City’s Tenement Museum Recreates the American Immigrant Experience

Anna Green

Mental_floss photographed some of the museum’s artifacts during its annual SNAPSHOT night—the one night a year cameras are allowed inside the museum—then talked to head curator David Favaloro about th

Fingerprint Analyses of Medieval Seals May Provide New Insights Into Old Crimes

Anna Green

Historians at the University of London and Aberystwyth University are launching a three-year study called Imprint, which will examine wax seals dating from the 12th through 14th centuries.

To-Do Lists May Help You Be More Productive

Michele Debczak

Feeling overwhelmed? Grab a pen.

11 Things You Might Not Know About the Grand Canyon

Michael Arbeiter

Whether you’ve made the trek yourself or seen it on a postcard, the Grand Canyon is one of the most instantly recognizable sights in the United States.

Ancient Roman Sanitation Efforts May Have Made Things More Gross

Kate Horowitz

A researcher says the Romans’ dedication to cleanliness may have inadvertently created fertile conditions for parasites.

Super-Nice People May Be More Likely to Betray You

Kate Horowitz

A study of online strategy game-players revealed an unsettling trend.

Sitting Quietly Helps You Remember Information, Study Finds

Shaunacy Ferro

Letting your mind wander helps consolidate memories much like sleep does, according to a new study.

18 Simple Facts About 'Tropic Thunder'

Roger Cormier

Tom Cruise was the comedic genius who helped come up with Les Grossman.

Traffic Camera Accidentally Snaps Beautiful Photo of a Snowy Owl

Rebecca OConnell

Someone give this Canadian traffic camera a job at National Geographic!

Motörhead Fans Can Watch a Livestream of Lemmy's Funeral on Saturday Jan. 9

Kirstin Fawcett

Celebrate the late singer's life without leaving your living room.