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mental_floss on YouTube: Bloopers Part 3!

Erin McCarthy

The Missing Links: Play With Your Food

Colin Patrick

Delightful Finds From Internet Archive Book Images

Miss Cellania

There’s a new Flickr account called Internet Archive Book Images. These are public domain images from books that have been digitized for posterity. We love it!

15 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About 'Army of Darkness'

Sean Hutchinson

Sam Raimi’s hilarious fantasy is always worth a closer look.

10 Wacky Whoppers About the Origins of Popular 18th Century Phrases

Judith B Herman

The history hoaxers are at it again. On the heels of “Life in the 1500s”—the viral email filled with phony phrase etymologies—comes another popular email loaded with even bigger whoppers.

The Rise and Fall of the Bullpen Car

Matt Soniak

8 of the Animal Kingdom’s Most Clever Problem Solvers

Who ever said Mr. Fix-it had to be human?

We Got Nominated for Some Webbys—and We Need Your Help!

Erin McCarthy

Morning Cup of Links: The Cringeworthy History of Dentistry

Miss Cellania

What is the Universal Language of the Skies?

Kara Kovalchik

In 2001, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) determined that English would, from then on, be the standardized language of air travel, and issued a directive that stated that all aviat

3 Awesome Translations From This Sign Language Rap Battle on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Arika Okrent

Holly Maniatty, Joann Benfield, Amber Galloway Gallego are American Sign Language interpreters who have worked concerts for some of the biggest names in rap.

5 Questions: Kick Me Sign

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6 Traits Humans Inherited From Fish

What’s so fishy about human anatomy? A lot! Just look at these gifts from our aquatic ancestors.

10 Things You Might Not Know About Triceratops

Mark Mancini

Dinosaurs are still with us. They’ve stomped, chomped, and roared their way into our movies, our museums, and our imaginations. So let’s get ready to dig a little deeper.

Extreme Engineering: The Challenges of Building a Colony on Mars

David W Brown

In this series, mental_floss will examine the engineering problems associated with humanity’s most extreme endeavors, from mining asteroids to colonizing the ocean, and explain how engineers plan to s