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13 Futuristic Facts About 'The Fifth Element'

Eric D Snider

If 'The Fifth Element' isn't the goofiest, most outlandish sci-fi action movie ever made, it's not for lack of trying.

Babies May Need to Move Their Tongues to Understand Speech

Shaunacy Ferro

A new study finds that babies can distinguish between sounds better if they can move their tongue.

Scientists Are Developing Biosensors Based on Temporary Tattoos

Anna Green

The biosensors will be cheap, disposable, and uniquely versatile.

Ada Lovelace: The First Computer Programmer

Miss Cellania

Ada Lovelace has been called the world's first computer programmer. What she did was write the world’s first machine algorithm for an early computing machine that existed only on paper.

The 10 Scent Trademarks Currently Recognized by the U.S. Patent Office

Nick Greene

The Missing Links: Watch Robin Williams Recording the Genie

Colin Patrick

The Town Built On Asbestos (Population: 3)

Stacy Conradt

Wittenoom has no electricity, or running water, and was stricken from Australian maps back in 2007. So why do three holdouts still call the contaminated land home?

This Mini Personal Air Conditioner Cools Small Spaces

Andrew LaSane

Add water. Turn on. Relax.

20 Haunted Hotels You Can Stay In

Anna Green

Lost spirits and friendly ghosts allegedly haunt these hotels.

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the mag

Interested in books or brains? Then you'll want to check out the October issue of mental_floss magazine!

New App is Crowdsourcing Weather Reporting

Anna Green

The app puts weather reporting into your hands.

A Museum Small Enough to Fit on Your Desk

Rebecca OConnell

Stegosaurus bone, mammoth meat, and the Berlin Wall: Keep an entire museum right on your desk.

Beet Juice Can Reduce Altitude Sickness

Shaunacy Ferro

High levels of nitrate in the juice help normalize blood vessel function.

11 Toasty Facts About Quiznos

Hannah Keyser

The sandwich chain has struggled recently, but there are still plenty of quirky facts from their 30 year history.