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SXSW: These Days, Libraries Are About More Than Just Books

Erin McCarthy

When I arrived for Libraries: The Ultimate Playground, it was immediately clear that this session would not unfold like your typical SXSW panel.

7 Antiquated Illness Names and Their Meanings

Kevin Kampwirth

Throughout the ages, people have hung some pretty weird names on what’s ailed them. Here are the monikers of a few of the more strangely-named illnesses, and how we know them today.

The Missing Links: Unbelievable Drinking Stories

Colin Patrick

How Many Phone Numbers Do You Know?

Jason English

10 Wild and Weird Drink Ingredients

Leah Shaffer

We've all heard the phrase “hair of the dog,” but what about “scale of the snake” or “guts of the wasp”?

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

Retrobituaries: Arthur Eichengrün, Inventor of Aspirin

David W Brown

In 1896, chemist Arthur Eichengrün brought forth a miracle—a pure acetylsalicylic acid with medical applications.

11 Really Bizarre World Records

Kaitlyn Boettcher

Guinness World Records, in theory, are amazing and seemingly unattainable. The record holders are astoundingly strong or fast or otherwise able to push the limits of human ability.

What's the Difference Between Climate Change and Global Warming?

T Nelson

While “global warming” is a specific function of trapped greenhouse gases, climate change is more complicated.

Pi Before Pi

Roma Panganiban

Although our ancestors had managed to invent the wheel millennia prior to the good ol’ days of Ancient Egypt, it wasn't until that civilization arose thousands of years later that the human race

The Late Movies: Guess the Theme 92

Mark Arminio

The World's Shortest War

Dan Lewis

Dan Lewis runs the popular daily newsletter Now I Know ("Learn Something New Every Day, By Email"). We've invited him to share some of his stories on mental_floss this week.

SXSW Q&A: Penny Lane, Director, Our Nixon

Erin McCarthy

Super 8 footage filmed by Nixon aides H.R. Haldeman, John Erlighman, and Dwight Chapin was seized during the Watergate investigation and forgotten for almost 40 years.

The Missing Links: The Origin of Smiley Faces

Colin Patrick

Trailer Thursday: The Call and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

Stacy Conradt