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Can You Really Tell How Close Lightning is by Listening for Thunder?

Matt Soniak

Lightning image via ShutterstockIt sounds a bit like an old wives' tale, but you actually can use the speeds of light and sound to get a rough estimate of how far away a storm is.Scientists have

Brain Game: Backyard Bandits

Today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Wednesday Wordplay challenge honors the raccoon family that have taken up residence in our backyard.

Morning Cup of Links: TV's Antiheroes

Miss Cellania

O (Omicron) is an art installation by Romain Tardy & Thomas Vaquié.

World War I Centennial: Even Bigger Battleships

Erik Sass

Installment #22: The naval arms race between Britain and Germany (along with smaller naval arms races between other European powers) was precipitated by a new ship, the HMS Dreadnought, which revoluti

The Late Movies: Bill Cosby, Himself

Erica Palan

If I think long and hard about the first thing that I found truly funny, it's stand-up comedy.

The Missing Links: Never Hire A Hypnotist-in-Training

Colin Patrick

When I Count to Three, I Hope You’ll Snap Right Out of It There was a sketch years ago on In Living Color where Jim Carrey was hypnotized and told to act like a chicken, only to have his hypnotist ke

Why Do People Feel Phantom Cellphone Vibrations?

Matt Soniak

Let’s picture a typical moment in my day: I’m minding my own business, with my iPhone in my back pocket.

14 of Your Dog's Wild Relatives

Miss Cellania

All the domestic breeds of dogs that we are familiar with, from chihuahuas to pit bulls, are the same species: Canis lupus familiaris. In fact, our dogs are a subspecies of Canis lupus, or wolf.

Anatomy of CGI: A Scene from "Tangled"

Chris Higgins

Ever wonder how computer-animated films are made?

Fun With Copyright Traps: 10 Hoax Definitions, Paper Towns, and Other Things That Don’t Exist

Adrienne Crezo

Facts become very easy to copyright when they aren’t true. Here are people, places and things that exist only on paper, solely to thwart would-be info burglars.

Brain Game: Crooked Letter

Today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Tuesday Test Time challenge takes you on a trip along America's most storied river, the mighty Mississippi. Good luck! Name each of the ten U.S.

Morning Cup of Links: Coolology

Miss Cellania

According to the Institute for Economics & Peace, the most peaceful country in the world is Iceland.

5 Tips for the War of 1812 Bicentennial Party You're Probably Planning

Ethan Trex

Today marks the bicentennial of the start of the War of 1812. Here are a few tips for throwing a 200th birthday

The Missing Links: How Dogs Help You Meet That Special Someone

Colin Patrick

Book Smarts At Work You know what is commonly true of people that love reading? They’re smart. So they can probably come up with a crafty way of combating their enemies.

Paul McCartney's First Girlfriend

Eddie Deezen

Dorothy "Dot" Rhone, a quiet girl from Liverpool, England, grew up with an emotionally distant mother and an abusive father who drank.