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The Missing Links: Unbelievable Drinking Stories

Colin Patrick

How Many Phone Numbers Do You Know?

Jason English

10 Wild and Weird Drink Ingredients

Leah Shaffer

We've all heard the phrase “hair of the dog,” but what about “scale of the snake” or “guts of the wasp”?

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

Retrobituaries: Arthur Eichengrün, Inventor of Aspirin

David W Brown

In 1896, chemist Arthur Eichengrün brought forth a miracle—a pure acetylsalicylic acid with medical applications.

11 Really Bizarre World Records

Kaitlyn Boettcher

Guinness World Records, in theory, are amazing and seemingly unattainable. The record holders are astoundingly strong or fast or otherwise able to push the limits of human ability.

What's the Difference Between Climate Change and Global Warming?

T Nelson

While “global warming” is a specific function of trapped greenhouse gases, climate change is more complicated.

Pi Before Pi

Roma Panganiban

Although our ancestors had managed to invent the wheel millennia prior to the good ol’ days of Ancient Egypt, it wasn't until that civilization arose thousands of years later that the human race

The Late Movies: Guess the Theme 92

Mark Arminio

The World's Shortest War

Dan Lewis

Dan Lewis runs the popular daily newsletter Now I Know ("Learn Something New Every Day, By Email"). We've invited him to share some of his stories on mental_floss this week.

SXSW Q&A: Penny Lane, Director, Our Nixon

Erin McCarthy

Super 8 footage filmed by Nixon aides H.R. Haldeman, John Erlighman, and Dwight Chapin was seized during the Watergate investigation and forgotten for almost 40 years.

The Missing Links: The Origin of Smiley Faces

Colin Patrick

Trailer Thursday: The Call and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

Stacy Conradt

10 International Pizza Pi(e) Toppings

Roma Panganiban

Pi, the mathematical ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, is a universal constant—much like our global love for pizza.

Meet the Tadpole with Teeth

Matt Soniak

In 2008, an international team of scientists was trudging through the forests of Vietnam’s Bidoup-Nui Ba National Park when they found a frog they didn’t recognize.