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World War I Centennial: Even Bigger Battleships, Part III

Erik Sass

Installment #38: With an international naval arms race stoking paranoia on all sides, in 1912 ship designers around the world brought their “A” game with designs for the biggest, most powerful ships t

5 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets From Cheers

Kara Kovalchik

Thirty years ago tonight, an ensemble comedy set in a Boston bar debuted on NBC.

Last Week's Most Popular Stories

Jason English

In case you weren't obsessively refreshing mentalfloss.com all week, here's what you

The Sad Story of Leuser, the Sumatran Orangutan

Jill Harness

Think cats are the only creatures with nine lives?

Weekend Links: The Accuracy of an Internet Self-Diagnosis

Allison Keene

The New Yorker's Atul Gawande shared a link for us self-diagnosers to consider: a study of Googling for medical advice reveals that in tests, 1/4 of sites offer outright wrong / unsafe informatio

Alternate Histories: 7 More Ways the World Could Be Completely Different

Mark Juddery

We previously covered some of the many alternate histories out there. Here are seven more intriguing ways the world could be completely different. 1.

9 of the World’s Weirdest Museums

Jill Harness

While museums dedicated to Spam and barbed wire are strange in their specificity, some museums are just plain bizarre in their subject matter. Here are some of the weirdest museums ever curated. 1.

How the American Museum of Natural History is Restoring its Dioramas

Erin McCarthy

Founded in 1869, the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York City is home to some of the most beautiful—and most accurate—dioramas in the world.

Are Carrots Really That Good For Your Eyes?

Matt Soniak

When I was a kid, my parents often tried to sell me on the idea that carrots were good for my eyes—and if I wanted to avoid vision correction in the future, I would eat them now.

Perk Up: It's International Coffee Day!

Adrienne Crezo

Look sharp, java monsters. It's joe's big day!

Weekend Links: The Story of a Minor League Lifer

Allison Keene

Fascinating migration data within the United States -- you can see where people are coming from or moving to county by county.

The Late Movies: Autumn

Miss Cellania

We've about completed the first week of autumn, and it's been wonderful so far.

Why Do We Have Fingerprints?

Matt Soniak

Though fingerprints are handy for identifying perps, biologically, scientists still aren't quite sure what our fingerprints are for.

The Missing Links: GPS Candy Bars

Colin Patrick

How Do You Save A Bunch of Superheroes? Find out who rescued Marvel Comics. * What Happened to Good Old Golden Tickets? When we start putting GPS devices in our candy bars, I think we’ve gone

27 Cowboy Slang Terms for Things You Eat and Drink

Adrienne Crezo

If your bread wallet is empty and you need to line the flue, knight the ribbons and mosey to a beanery.