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The Perverse History of Copyright

Chris Higgins

In this short video, explainmaestro C.G.P Grey explores the history of copyright, using the only slightly less alarming headline Copyright: Forever Less One Day (there's also a transcript at tha

10 Cool Bridges from Around the World

David K. Israel

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9 People Who Rose to the Challenge

Miss Cellania

People with disabilities have the same aspirations as anyone, whether they came up with a dream before or after they became disabled.

Brain Game: Am I Your Type?

The second day of the workweek brings with it a new mentalfloss.com Brain Game Tuesday Test Time challenge.

On Sticking Your Arm Into an Underwater Cavern and Hoping a Catfish Bites You

Dr. Craig McClain

Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters/Landov Lincoln Sadler eyes one of his favorite fishing spots, Great Rock, from a distance, but times his approach around an oncoming boat so as not to reveal the rock’s secr

Morning Cup of Links: Pulitzer Pieces

Miss Cellania

The Pulitzer Prizes have been announced, and for the first time since 1977, no fiction titles won.

5 Apocalypse Scenarios Governments Have Actually Addressed

Kathy Benjamin

From a Zombie invasion to a March Madness app infecting all our cellphones, governments are preparing for the worst. 1. A Zombie

The Secret Life of Plankton

Chris Higgins

In this 6-minute video, scientists show what plankton look like -- when photographed through a microscope.

Office Rat-A-Tat: E-mail Hypothesis by Hongbing

David K. Israel

I directed a short video starring Hongbing.

6 Illicit Lemonade Stands Towns Had to Shut Down

Rob Lammle

Lemonade stand image via Shutterstock For generations, entrepreneurial kids have set up card tables in front yards to sell ice cold drinks to passers-by.

Why Do Dogs Stick Their Heads Out of Car Windows?

Matt Soniak

Dogs image via ShutterstockDogs seem to stick their heads out of moving cars almost any chance they get.

Brain Game: Math Square #118

As has become the custom here at the mentalfloss.com Brain Game, we open the work week with a new Monday Math Square.

Morning Cup of Links: Plush Pets

Miss Cellania

By some estimates, 25% of college students take some kind of psychotropic drug as a matter of course.

X-Rays Help Find Two Van Gogh Paintings

Jill Harness

For years, art historians debated on whether or not the painting above, entitled Still Life with Meadow Flowers and Roses, was the work of famed impressionist Van Gogh.

11 Product Names That Mean Unfortunate Things in Other Languages

Haley Sweetland Edwards

Here are some tragic, hilarious, and off-color examples of products that really exist—and don’t always mean what their manufacturers think.

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