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Whatever Happened to the Hole in the Ozone Layer?

Ethan Trex

Image credit: NASALet's start with the bad news: Remember that hole in the ozone layer that scientists discovered over the Antarctic in 1985?

Where Does the Phrase "Steal My Thunder" Come From?

Matt Soniak

Lightning image, which is kind of related to thunder, via ShutterstockWhile we use the term figuratively today, its original usage — by English playwright John Dennis in the early 1700s — was literal.

Brain Game: Solitaire

In today's world, more people probably play solitaire by clicking a mouse than by flipping cards, but today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Wednesday Wordplay challenge is old-school.

Morning Cup of Links: Discovered Steak

Miss Cellania

The 10 Worst U.S. Cities for Traffic. Drivers lose a lot of time sitting in traffic jams, but it might be worth it in Honolulu. * Find out what happened to 70 finalists from American Idol.

What Happens if You Drive Off With the Gas Pump Nozzle Still in the Car?

Matt Soniak


What Exactly is Quicksand?

Matt Soniak

Quicksand is a staple hazard of adventure movies, TV shows and video games.

The Late Movies: Songs About Flying

Erica Palan

On this day in 1906, the Wright brothers were granted U.S. patent number 821,393 for their "Flying-Machine." Me? I'm a terrible flyer.

The Missing Links: How Are These Legal Again?

Colin Patrick

If You’ve Been Hoping To Clone Ronald Reagan, You Might Find This Helpful This seems, as the article says, rather craven. * Memes: Collect the Whole Set These meme trading cards are pretty nif

New Bacteria Could Make You Poop Rainbows

Chris Higgins

In 2009, students at Cambridge University genetically engineered E. coli bacteria, adding DNA sequences in order to create colors visible to the naked eye (standard E. coli does not have a pigment).

A Current Sampling of Niche Blogs

Miss Cellania

You come here to mental_floss for your daily dose of knowledge on a wide variety of topics. Our quizzes and entertainment posts also cover a great range of subjects.

Brain Game: One for Each Finger

You don't have to look beyond the borders of the good old USA to find the answer to today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Tuesday Test Time challenge. Good luck: What do these five U.S.

Morning Cup of Links: Sinking Battleship

Miss Cellania

Is your alma mater on the list of America's 1,000 best high schools?

World War I Centennial: Germany Ramps Up and Albanians Take Up Arms

Erik Sass

Installment #18: Even after the failure of the Haldane Mission and dire warnings from Winston Churchill, there was a slim chance that Germany still might choose the path of moderation and suspend the

The Missing Links: Invasion of the Chickens, A History

Colin Patrick

The Future Is Now Because in the 1960s the future was 50 or more years from then, which could be now. So now is the future for the 1960s.

6 Reasons People Gave Up Their Super Bowl Rings

Scott Allen

Courtesy of SCP Auctions Former New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor’s ring from Super Bowl XXV fetched $230,401 in an auction over the weekend.