Some people are gifted with raw athleticism and could choose to play a variety of sports if they wanted. And several athletes choose to play more than one sport until their college days, when competition and absolute focus force them to pick one concentration. Tonight for the Late Movies are a few clips of some incredible athletes playing sports for which they are not known (with mixed results).
Perhaps the most famous example is basketball legend Michael Jordan's quest to play baseball. He... READ ON
The Internet is abuzz about the picture of the giant goldfish that recently surfaced (haven’t seen it? Check out #1 below). Real or not real, there are plenty of other mammoth versions of animals out there. From huge hares to big bovines, here are 10 larger-than-life creatures.
1. A 30-pound koi carp. A fisherman named Raphael Biagini allegedly caught this beauty while fishing in France a few months ago. The authenticity of the picture is being disputed, but Yahoo! argues that 30 pounds is hardly a... READ ON
This video starts slowly (hah), but in the middle you start seeing the wings move -- it's truly incredible. Watch how the bee's wings pivot and ultimately allow the bee to lift off. Also note pollen sticking to the rear legs as the bee leaves the flower.
If you like that, here's another.
Apparently the issues of how bees fly has been an issue of some debate for years. I had no idea. But here's an article about a study using slow-motion video (6,000 fps -- the video above is shot at 5,000 fps)... READ ON
I like lists, especially ones that put us in the same company as The Economist and Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! While I may not understand the methodology, I'm happy to report @mental_floss has been named the 29th most influential news media Twitter account.
Daniel Romero, a Ph.D Candidate at Cornell University in the Center for Applied Mathematics, asks the question: Are news operations as influential in social media as they are in mainstream media? Are they as influential as they are... READ ON
mental_floss is at it again. We're doing a great big Trivia Show at the Galapagos Arts Space in Brooklyn on October 17th to promote our brand new history book. Oh, and because we want to give away a lot of prizes. If you're in town, book your calendars. Doors open at 6, and the event's free.
More details... READ ON
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s memoir, A Journey, is sparking all sorts of picketing and protesting around the U.K., so we thought it might be a good time to take a look at a few presidential memoirs from this side of the pond. Here are a few things you might not have known about former presidents’ literary output.Best Choice of (Possible)... READ ON
When most skateboarders break their boards, the remnants of wood end up in the trash. Fortunately, the Japanese artists of Harvest by Haroshi are not like most skateboarders and instead chose to make art from the compressed and polished boards.
The layers of wood adorned with thin strips of color give the works an unexpected depth and the basic concept of recycling these trashed boards into something artistic is admirable in our consumption-happy world. As the artists' webpage says, "As a skater, I... READ ON
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Sea otters hold hands when they sleep so they don't drift apart.