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How Do Computers Understand Speech?

Arika Okrent

More and more, we can get computers to do things for us by talking to them.

Does the Full Moon Really Make People Act Crazy?

Erin McCarthy

Along with Mercury in retrograde, the full moon is a pretty popular scapegoat for bad luck and bizarre behavior. Encounter someone acting strangely? Blame it on the lunar phases!

9 More Gorgeous European Libraries

Jill Harness

We’ve seen great libraries from all over the world, including a second look at amazing American libraries. Now it’s time for more beautiful libraries in Europe! 1. The Royal Library,

Brain Game: Challenge!

I lost an hour or so making sure I supplied the correct answer to today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Tuesday Test Time puzzle, and I'm still not convinced of my success.

Morning Cup of Links: Proposing Cute

Miss Cellania

The worst foods we love. Admit it, you've got some unreasonable cravings for junk foods that are full of salt, sugar, and childhood memories. * So who was this J.R. Ewing character anyway?

The Late Movies: Modernist Cuisine

Andréa Fernandes

Modernist Cuisine describes itself as "a team of chefs, scientists, writers, and food lovers, contributing to the revolution underway in the art and science of cooking." They're probabl

Amazing Sculptures Made With Matchsticks

Jill Harness

Admittedly, you probably wouldn't want to keep one of David Mach's incredible artworks in your living room—at least not without a fireproof glass display case—but regardless of the potential

10 Actors Who Hated Their Own Films

Colin Patrick

"I made some truly awful movies. Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot was the worst."

Behind the Scenes of The Hobbit Post-Production

Erin McCarthy

Readying a film for theatrical release is a lengthy process that involves completing special and visual effects, editing scenes together, and even creating sequences from scratch—so it's no surpr

The Missing Links: Good (And Cute) Ways to Die

Colin Patrick

Animated Ways to Die This song is so catchy, and the ill-fated characters that dance along to it are just so lovable.

6 Pieces of Folksy Wisdom That Are Actually True

M Asher Cantrell

The holidays are here again. That means family, and family means listening to insane, ill-informed debates over every subject imaginable.

I'm Thinking of a Number Between 1 and 1,146

Jason English

The first person to correctly guess that number wins a free t-shirt from the mental_floss store.

5 Moments in Sauce History That Changed The Way We Eat

Michelle Said

Whether it’s the classic brunch staple Hollandaise or Guy Fieri’s Donkey Sauce, human beings have always seemed to have a love affair with condiments.

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Mangesh & Jason

Will Sitting Too Close To The TV Hurt Your Eyes?

Daven Hiskey

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