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6 Wordsmiths Who Couldn't Spell

David K. Israel

This month marks my 6-year anniversary blogging for mental_floss. It also marks mentalfloss.com's 6-year anniversary in the blogosphere.

Operation Eagle Claw: The Disastrous Rescue Attempt During the Iranian Hostage Crisis

Erik Sass

© Mahmoudreza Kalari/Sygma/Corbis The Iranian Hostage Crisis, in which Iranian student revolutionaries held 52 Americans hostage for 444 days, was an unprecedented act of state-sanctioned terrorism

The Origin of the Wonderlic Test (and Which Manning Scored Higher)

David Goldenberg

© David Bergman/Corbis If book smarts translated to field sense, NFL coaches would be desperately recruiting mathletes.

The Visual Poetry of Corrupt Video

Chris Higgins

In this five-minute video, we see portions of a Mad Men episode (episode 408, "The Summer Man") as it appears when incompletely downloaded via BitTorrent.

8 Wild and Wonderful Stone Giants Around the World

Miss Cellania

A few years ago, I wrote about some interesting rock formations in the post Nature's Stone Giants. Then there was a followup: Rocks that Rock: 8 Stone Giant Sites.

This Is Your Brain on Porn

Meghan Holohan

Staring woman image via Shutterstock You'd think watching pornography would be a turn on.

Who Was the Walrus? Analyzing the Strangest Beatles Song

Eddie Deezen

In 1967, a student sent John Lennon a letter telling him his teacher was conducting a class analyzing the Beatles' songs.

Why Do We Scream "Geronimo" When Jumping From Things?

Matt Soniak

© Bettmann/CORBIS??In the early 1940s, the United States Army was testing the idea of parachuting from planes as a way of deploying troops.

Brain Game: High Places

Today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game offers a new Tuesday Test Time challenge that'll have you looking up (or thinking up, anyway). Hopefully, the air's not too thin.

Morning Cup of Links: TV Ups & Downs

Miss Cellania

The 13 Most Useless Majors.

Amazing Photos of Ants Being Awesome

Jill Harness

It can be a challenge to get insects to look like majestic, beautiful creatures given how much most humans can't stand anything with six legs, but as previously featured photographers Ondrej Paka

7 Ways the Internet Has Been Used for Good

Jill Harness

It seems like every day you hear a new story about cyber-bullying, phishing or a new computer virus. But when good people get together on the web, it’s amazing what they can achieve. 1. Preventing

What is an Adam's Apple?

Matt Soniak

Adam's apple photo via ShutterstockTouch your fingers to the front of your throat and start humming. Feel around until you can feel vibration directly under your fingers.

8 More Regular People Who Became Internet Memes

Adrienne Crezo

Last month we introduced you to nine real people whose pictures have become famous on the internet. Now meet eight more! 1. Ridiculously Photogenic

The Man Who Gave Up Money

Chris Higgins

In 2000, Daniel Suelo opted out of the cash economy. For the past dozen years, he hasn't used money, hasn't paid taxes, and hasn't used government financial assistance services.

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