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Mental Floss @mental_floss

The Great Gatsby was published on this date in 1925. Other titles considered: Trimalchio in West Egg and Among Ash-Heaps and Millionaires.

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The True Love Tinder Robot Reads Your Skin Response to Swipe Left or Right

Andrew LaSane

Because you shouldn't trust your own fingers to make the right decisions.

This Colorful Collar Helps Save Birds From Cats

Kirstin Fawcett

The creators of Birdsbesafe think they've found a solution for pet owners who love furry and feathered creatures alike.

This Vintage School Bus Was Transformed Into a Cool Mobile Home

Andrew LaSane

The ultimate road trip project by a father and son duo in California.

When 'Return of the Jedi' Was Stolen at Gunpoint

Jake Rossen

In a pre-Internet era, bootleggers ran off with 'Return of the Jedi' prints the old-fashioned way: with guns.

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15 Holiday Songs from Other Countries to Sing this Year

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How Archaeology Influenced Agatha Christie

Shaunacy Ferro

The prolific mystery writer took an active part in her husband’s archaeology digs.

Scientists Are Engineering Better Temperature Control for Your Office

Michele Debczak

Technology might help make your office a comfortable place to work.

15 Epic Facts About ‘Heat’

Garin Pirnia

Michael Mann’s legendary crime flick was released 20 years ago.

That Time a Guy Parachuted Onto Devils Tower

Stacy Conradt

Though he stuck the landing, the daredevil didn’t plan very well for the trip down.

Norwegian Eagles Are Taking Out Full-Grown Reindeer

Kate Horowitz

Golden eagles had previously been caught on film attacking baby reindeer, but now a naturalist has seen them going for the grown-ups.

15 Things We’ve Learned About the Universe From the Hubble Space Telescope

David W Brown

Launched 25 years ago, the Hubble Space Telescope is a veritable manufacturing plant of discoveries.

How Did ‘Gross’ Become a Term of Disgust?

Arika Okrent

Blame teens.

15 Confusing Plant and Animal Misnomers

Rosemary Mosco

As biology has developed, some of our common plant and animal names have turned out to be pretty far off the mark.

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