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The Weird Things That Some Bacteria Eat

Jill Harness

You probably know that bacteria are everywhere, but you might not be aware of just how many ways bacteria help us, just by eating.

Last Week's Most Popular Stories

Jason English

In case you weren't obsessively refreshing mentalfloss.com last week, here's what you

The Time Teddy Roosevelt Saved Football

the mag

After 18 players died on the field, the president decided it was time to change the game.

Weekend Links: Giant Underground Machinery

Allison Keene

Do you prefer silence or a buzzing coffee shop while you work?

Are These The Most Gorgeous Jellyfish Pictures Ever?

Jill Harness

While plenty of great nature photographers are professionals, it seems only logical that having a professional knowledge of the species you're shooting would only help make your images that much

25 Wonderful Words and Phrases We Learned in 2012

Jason English

In 2012, we invested in dictionaries. Old dictionaries. Slang dictionaries, mostly, and often we didn't have to invest much.

The Late Movies: Habanera

Miss Cellania

"Habanera" is an aria from the opera Carmen by Georges Bizet.

DNA's Structure Photographed for the First Time

Erin McCarthy

Credit: Enzo Di Fabrizio To deduce the double helix structure of deoxribonucleic acid 59 years ago, scientists James Watson, Francis Crick, Maurice Wilkins, and Rosalind Franklin bounced X-rays off

What's the Most Bored You've Ever Been?

Jason English

On Fridays, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else's reply, whatever you want.

The Missing Links: Thriller Turns Thirty

Colin Patrick

November 30, 1982: Thriller Is

The 14 Video Games New York's MoMA Just Classified As Art

The Week

By Scott

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

Yule Log Video Prompts Emergency Calls The fire department in Regina, Saskatchewan, has responded to way too many false alarms over the past few weeks.

Why Does Skin Get Pruney in the Tub?

Matt Soniak

For a long time, scientists thought that pruning of the skin after spending time in the water was simply a matter of fingers being a little spongey.

Incredible Slow-Motion Footage of Cheetahs Running

Erin McCarthy

Cheetahs are the fastest animals on Earth.

Brain Game: The Day!

Thanks for trying today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Free-for-all Friday challenge. Good luck! What do these six U.S.