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The Gun-Loving Boy Scouts of the Early 20th Century

Alex Palmer

100 years ago, a competing version of the Boy Scouts of America drove its rival crazy—when its members weren’t shooting each other.

Conservationists Found a Hidden Population of 200 Lions in Ethiopia

Kirstin Fawcett

The new discovery suggests that the vulnerable species might be more plentiful than scientists had previously thought.

How Much Time Do We Actually Spend Working at Work?

Shaunacy Ferro

Let’s not pretend we’re all working eight hours a day.

25 Outsized Facts About Rhode Island

Shaunacy Ferro

Learn more about the home of sideburns, the shopping mall, and 384 miles of shoreline.

How A Misjudged Act Of Piracy (And A Pig’s Snout) Give The Currency Of Tonga Its Name

Paul Anthony Jones

Many of the world’s currencies take their names from fairly predictable origins—like weights and measures or precious metals, for example—but the currency of Tonga, the pa‘anga, has a rather unusual h

Dutch Police are Training Eagles to Pluck Drones From the Sky

Rebecca OConnell

Unwanted drones don't stand a chance against these birds.

Microsoft Is Taking Cloud Computing to the Ocean Floor

Andrew LaSane

The company has been researching and experimenting with the idea of moving datacenters off-shore and into the sea.

Hairdresser Creates Styles Based on Well-Known Fine Art

Rebecca OConnell

These dye jobs are masterpieces.

14 Alrighty Facts About 'Ace Ventura: Pet Detective'

Roger Cormier

The movie that made Jim Carrey a household name almost starred Rick Moranis.

Why Chocolate Is Toxic to Dogs

Kate Horowitz

An upset stomach is just the tip of the iceberg for dogs who eat too much chocolate.

What's the Stuff Between the Wafers of a Kit Kat?

Mental Floss UK

The answer will very likely surprise you.

Watch This LEGO Minifig Build His Own Snowspeeder

Rebecca OConnell

Instead of just building the ship, this Redditor let the pilot do the work.

When Should I Throw Out My Makeup?

Kate Horowitz

All good things must come to an end. But look on the bright side, chucking your cosmetics is a good excuse to go buy more.

9 Facts About the Iowa Caucus

Stacy Conradt

One major difference in the Republican and Democrat caucuses? The way they vote.

The Missing Links: 100 Jokes That Shaped Modern Comedy

Colin Patrick