Imagine wandering through the forest when all of a sudden you stumble upon a massive tree completely covered in coins dating back centuries. No, you haven't discovered a magical giving tree. You've found one of the UK's mystical "money trees", and each of those coins represents one person's wish for health and luck.
Apparently the practice of hammering coins into trees started back in the 1700s. The locals believed that offering low-denomination coins to the tree would take away their sickness. But if... READ ON
I was working on a quiz called "Bizarre Dissertation Title or Something We Made Up?" Actually, the title—and trying to find something better than "Something We Made Up?"—is as far as I got. But this might be better as a contest.
Fire up your search engines and look for the most offbeat thesis topics you can find. We'll award the winners the t-shirt of their choosing, which you can wear or display in your trophy case. You can enter as many times as you want, just be sure you're including a link so... READ ON
If you've ever felt like you could just reach up and touch the moon, you'll certainly appreciate Laurent Lavender's photos of people posing with the moon. While the images are fun and imaginative enough on their own, apparently they were created in conjunction with a French language poetry book called Quartier Libre. While the poems haven't been translated into other languages, those who can't speak French but are still interested in owning the stunning pictures can order post cards of the set... READ ON
As promised a new Monday Math Square here at the mentalfloss.com Brain Game. Enjoy!
The nine white squares inside the main red grid should be filled with the digits 1 through 9. Each digit should appear only once in this main grid (the red square). Place the digits 1 through 9 in their correct spots so that the mathematical equations work both across and down.
Here is the SOLUTION.
NOTE: These puzzles rarely (but occasionally) have alternate solutions that fit the rules. If you find one of... READ ON
In 1959, Marine Corps pilot William Rankin was cruising at nine miles above the earth in an F-8 Crusader combat jet when something went wrong and he had to eject. Between him and the ground was a big, black storm.
Essays on the trap of US student debt. Crunch your numbers before you sign on the dotted line.
Steve Made Me Famous. Meet some of the specific people and companies who owe their success in part to Steve Jobs and the company he created (some will surprise you).
Some folks don't know... READ ON
348 Photos of People Absolutely Losing Their S**t in Haunted Houses. (Thanks, Alex Segura!)
Despite being a writer, I have always been terrible at marking up poetry. See if you fare any better with For Better for Verse: An interactive learning tool that can help you understand what makes metered poetry in English tick!
Advertisers are getting more and more creative with their online marketing by sometimes creating strange little games (that are actually kind of fun!) My score was 2063 on the first... READ ON
In case you weren't obsessively refreshing mentalfloss.com all week, here's what you... READ ON
Get in the Halloween spirit by checking out the eerie sound of … a meteor shower!
The Smithsonian Magazine's blog has been filled with some pretty cool articles recently (ok, maybe cribbing the Floss style a bit, but there's enough for everyone!) This week's feature: 14 amazing facts about dragonflies.
A question I have long ****ing wondered about. How the **** does swearing work? (Where did it come from, and why do we do it?)
From Cassie, the very cool and inspirational story of a... READ ON
The Milwaukee Brewers just won their first playoff series since 1982. I just wanted to point out the M and B in their old logo. I thought I was the last person to figure this out, but there's a Facebook group called "Best Day of My Life: When I Realized the Brewers Logo Was a Ball and Glove AND the Letters M and B." Perhaps this is now the best day of your life.
Here are some other logos with "hidden" messages, like the FedEx arrow and the 31 in Baskin... READ ON
Lyme disease is named for Lyme, CT, where several cases were identified in 1975.