Thomas Jefferson wrote parts of the Declaration of Independence in a Philadelphia tavern.
Wikimedia Commons"Happy as a clam" is one of those expressions that makes you wonder: Does this phrase come from an actual measurement of the happiness of
Stereoscopy—the illusion of depth created by showing a separate image to each eye—is at least as old as photography itself.
Every time you watch Antiques Roadshow, you probably wonder: Just how do we know what items are antiques?The rule of thumb used by most antique dealers is that anything about 100 years or older is an
The Internet is obsessed with Nikola Tesla, with good reason. But I would argue that one of his predecessors, Michael Faraday, is just as worthy of all that attention.
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Mad Magazine, the subversive satire-laced magazine best known as the home of Alfred E.
Don’t freak out if your flatmate says he will be sure to knock you up in the morning.
Historically, dockworkers covered their hats with tar and let that harden to offer some protection against falling objects.
A couple of weeks ago, we sent out a call for pitches from college students who wanted to write for mental_floss—and we were flooded with excellent ideas.
The colored swirls indicate the tail end of Saturn's massive storm that occurred sometime between 2010 and 2011.
So That’s Why the Doll’s Head Spins All of the Way Around
Are your toys haunted?
What A Beautiful Day For A Mr.
If I say the name Jim Thorpe, most of you will probably think of the Native American baseball player/football player/Olympian.
In 1957, Monsanto demonstrated its vision for future housing, emphasizing one word: plastics.
Gravestone Decorations Have Neighbors' Names
A woman in Saint Clair Shores, Michigan, set out temporary gravestones as Halloween decorations.
As co-host of MythBusters, Kari Byron deals with explosions, rocket sleds and general chaos all the time.
My dad always used to preface the dropping of an F-bomb or a tangent of creative profanity with a request that listeners “pardon his French.” Surely you’ve known people who do this too or seen it in m