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10 Rules, Laws, and Theorems You Should Know

Miss Cellania

You may be familiar with Murphy’s Law and the Peter Principle, but the world is full of wisdom distilled into simple rules for understanding life, human nature, and the world around us.

Infographic: The Best High-Paying Job in Every State

Andrew LaSane

Jobs in the healthcare industry are ranked among the best and the highest paying in the country.

Retrobituary: Maria Sibylla Merian, Naturalist and Illustrator Who Changed How We See Insects

Joan MacDonald

She was among the first to depict insects interacting with the natural world.

Lockheed's New Robot Climbs on Blimps to Find Leaks

Jake Rossen

The SPIDER can find and repair tiny pinhole leaks in airships.

15 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of Pool Lifeguards

Jake Rossen

They're not above occasionally peeing in the pool.

Wednesday's Amazon Deals You Can't Miss

Smart Shopping Team

As a recurring feature, our team combs the Web and shares some amazing Amazon deals we’ve turned up. Here’s what caught our eye today, July 27.

In Search of That Authentic Philly Accent

Arika Okrent

Wooder and the iggles make an appearance.

Scientist Says Our Oldest Ancestor May Have Been Only ‘Half Alive’

Kate Horowitz

The earliest known ancestor of all living things made its home on a hydrothermal vent, subsisting on hydrogen and metal.

8 Movies That Were Originally Shot as TV Shows

Rudie Obias

Every once in a while, a TV series comes along that proves compelling—and lengthy—enough to be turned into a movie.

New Non-Melting Ice Cream Is the Ultimate Summer Snack

Mental Floss UK

I scream, you scream, we all scream when a glob of melted ice cream falls to the ground.

This Is What Happens to Your Blood After You Donate

Michele Debczak

It takes a lot to get blood ready for its new host.

Find a Front Row Seat For Gazing at the Cosmos With This Dark Sky Park Map

Caitlin Schneider

You can see thousands of stars with your naked eye, if you just know where to look.

11 Ways to Make Learning Arabic (Slightly) Easier

Zora ONeill

Any book that promises mastery in months is lying; more accurate is the common teachers’ adage “Seven years to learn it, a lifetime to master it.”

You'll Soon Be Able to Take Selfies With a Wearable Camera Drone

Anna Green

Nixie is a camera-mounted drone you can wear like a wristband.

'Oregon Trail' Is Now a Card Game

Rudie Obias

Forty-five years after it was created, Oregon Trail will make its way from the computer screen to the table top.