Obsessive nose picking is called rhinotillexomania.
We've all heard the phrase “hair of the dog,” but what about “scale of the snake” or “guts of the wasp”?
In 1896, chemist Arthur Eichengrün brought forth a miracle—a pure acetylsalicylic acid with medical applications.
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.
While “global warming” is a specific function of trapped greenhouse gases, climate change is more complicated.
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
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.
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.
Pi, the mathematical ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, is a universal constant—much like our global love for pizza.
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.