7-Up was originally called "Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Soda."
Eugenol, the active ingredient in clove oil, is the culprit. Clove oil has been used to numb toothache pain since Medieval times.
“I Don’t Like Mondays”
Written by Bob Geldof (1979)
Originally sung by The Boomtown Rats
It may be the catchiest murder ballad of all time.
Good luck solving today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Monday Math Square challenge:
Place the digits 1 through 9 in the white blanks so that the mathematical equations work both across and down
Back to School Boot Camp. Pay attention: do not eat paste, and do not take your pants off.
Fight Songs: Eleven Great Musician-Politician Campaign Feuds.
This week, Nintendo released "New" Super Mario Bros. 2. But "Old" Super Mario Bros. 2 isn't what you think it is.
An interesting article as the NFL season starts to rev up about why it's getting harder and harder to watch and support football.
"How does light look in slow motion?" asks Ramesh Raskar in this brief TED Talk, demonstrating his "femto-photography," a slow motion technique that achieves one trillion frames pe
The World Mobile Phone Throwing Championship took place yesterday in the small town of Savonlinna, Finland.
Franklin statue image via Shutterstock
In the 1750s and 60s, Great Britain and France waged war in North America for colonial domination of the continent.
In case you weren't obsessively refreshing mentalfloss.com all week, here's what you
An October surprise is any bit of news that breaks right before an election that has the capability to help determine the outcome of the race.
In this decidedly spooky TED Talk, Jon Ronson explains his journey to understand mental illness, which brought him to a prison for the criminally insane to interview a very sanely-dressed possible psy
Sadly I don't read as many books as I used to. I grew up an incorrigible bookworm, but so much time now is taken up with TV and internet (forsooth!).
Scientists have found that the seven deadly sins aren't all bad. Consider this your official permission to give in to
Installment #31: After the Russian and French general staffs met in Paris in July 1912, French Prime Minister Raymond Poincaré (above, at right) followed up with a trip of his own to St.