The little plastic bit on the end of your shoelace is called an aglet.
It was"¦ a lot of years ago today that we Cleopatra committed suicide via asp. So the story goes, anyway (see fact #9 for more on that possible myth).
If you have ever lived in California, you probably understand the true magic that is an animal-style In-N-Out double double.
Cyrus Teed was a bit of a kook. Born in 1839, he became an eclectic physician and established a laboratory in which he carried out alchemical and electrical experiments.
In 2010, New York City's Metropolitan Transit Authority announced that it would be rearranging some of its subway signs because they resembled a slightly naughty bit of internet slang.
I'm really looking forward to the 2010 NFL season as a much-needed distraction to end each week's long grind.
"Meh" quietly entered our lexicon back in the early 2000s, when The Simpsons began to use it on a semi-regular basis.
The late night talk show drama earlier this year made a lot of people pine for the days of Johnny Carson.
With a depth of 1,943 feet, Oregon's Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States.
Related Fact: According to Wired, Crater Lake was first measured in 1886 using a crank and piano wire
I've personally only seen solar eclipses in the classroom, generally using complex pinhole projection devices designed to keep little-kid eyes safe.
I've never been a flight attendant, but I have worked retail, which must be almost as infuriating.
The book we're giving away today is Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein. Here's how you can win a copy:
Come up with a great slogan for a mental_floss jumper.
"¢Â The miracle of corn (that a wild grass that is barely able to reseed could be so domesticated, and so dominant) is mostly a Western one.
There are many places I want to visit in my lifetime: Paris, Australia, and Montreal, just to name a few. All of these places have attractions I would like to see.
I know what you're thinking -- Kevin? But professor Kevin Warwick is the real deal, or as real as it gets in this early-21st-century version of cybernetics.
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