France's last execution via guillotine was in 1977.
Food sometimes makes you sick, but can you make food sick? You can with Wednesday Wordplay here at the mentalfloss.com Brain Game.
"Among all 90 belly buttons Dunn and his colleagues have studied so far, they have found 1400 species of bacteria, a number of which have never encountered on human bodies before." Carl Zimm
For most Americans, July 5th is torture.
One of our Southern California correspondents reports some images on our site aren't showing up for him. But they look fine here in the New Jersey satellite office.
So I'm trying something new this week: a theme! Every day this week I'll be writing about something that has to do with spying, spies, Harriet the Spy, etc.
You may have some leftover sparklers today. If so, don’t be so quick to chuck these underwhelming pyrotechnics mainstays in the garbage.
For the fifth year running, software designer Cabel Sasser has gone down to his local fireworks retailer in Vancouver, Washington* and photographed the most insane fireworks boxes.
They say that it’s bad luck to spill salt. But, if you’re spilling it in order to turn it into amazing works of art, I’m sure it’s not nearly such a bad omen.
The very last launch of NASA's space shuttle program is scheduled for Friday, when Atlantis will begin mission STS-135. The 135th mission will end the shuttle program after 35
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Greetings, earthling. People all over the world—from Albania to Zimbabwe, from Belarus to Vietnam—generally answer their phones using some variation on the standard “hello”: Hallo? Alo! Halo? A lô!
Can a plant be warm blooded? Well, being as how they have no blood, the obvious answer is no.
Three words are all you need to pass today's Tuesday Test Time.
Bradley Manning’s Army of One. He's in jail for allegedly leaking military documents to Wikileaks, and everyone wants to know why. (via Boing Boing)
The Physics of Cheating in Baseball.
The Internet has helped rumors about aspartame become more exaggerated—it's been said to cause seizures, lupus, autism, Gulf War syndrome (huh?) and more.