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12 Predictions Isaac Asimov Made About 2014 in 1964

Erik van Rheenen

After Isaac Asimov attended the World's Fair in 1964, he penned an essay he titled "Visit to the World's Fair of 2014."

Why Do We Blow Out Candles on Birthday Cakes?

DeAnna Kerley

Birthday cakes have been a tradition since the Ancient Romans were around, and celebrating someone’s birth with a delicious pastry seems pretty logical.

After Pearl Harbor, the Rose Bowl Was Forced to Relocate — to North Carolina

Scott Allen

In 1942, the Rose Bowl game between Oregon State and Duke was transferred from California to North Carolina in the wake of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

25 Things Hiding in Sports Logos

Rebecca OConnell

10 Most Interesting Comics of 2013

Rich Barrett

Every week on Mental Floss, I highlight the most interesting new comic books, graphic novels, digital comics and webcomics.

5 Dates You Won't Find on Your Calendar

M Asher Cantrell

Due to unusual record-keeping practices or because of months that were eliminated over the centuries, there are a few days you’ll never see on your joke-a-day calendar.

9 Films Inspired By The Works of Oscar Wilde

Kate Erbland

Arguably Wilde’s most famous and well-known work, the play The Importance of Being Earnest, has spawned plenty of big screen adaptations (and more than a few versions have gone the radio, television,

World War I Centennial: The Conspiracy Forms

Erik Sass

What Are the World's Best Places to See a Sunset?

Here are some of the best places to watch the sun’s late-night lightshow.

10 Awesome New Species Discovered in 2013

DeAnna Kerley

Geckos and shrubs and sharks, oh my! 2013 was a big year for new species. Scientists found hundreds of them this year. Here are some of our favorites.

11 Reasons to Be Optimistic in 2014

Chris Higgins

Although the news often focuses on doom and gloom, there is plenty of good news around the world: we are making tremendous advances in life expectancy, disease prevention, poverty, and hunger.

If You Are in a Shell...

Chris Higgins

The Nocebo Effect

Chris Higgins

Miss Cellania’s Top 20 Weird News Stories of 2013

Miss Cellania

12 Other People We Lost in 2013

Mark Juddery

Let's remember a few significant or inspiring people who left this mortal plane this year—people whose deaths (or whose lives) might not have been on your radar.