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Why Is Spicy Food Spicy?

Jen Pinkowski

Feel the burn! We look into pepper heat in the latest WHY?, our new series for curious kids and their parents.

What’s The Right Way To Make A Tom Collins?

Clair McLafferty

The cocktail itself is just four ingredients: gin, simple syrup or sugar, lemon juice, and soda water.

Cephalopod Plant Holders Turn Your Home into an Aquarium

Rebecca OConnell

These plant holders make your greenery look like it should be swimming around in the ocean.

39 Weird Books That Really Exist

Roma Panganiban Michele Debczak

Here are 39 odd or oddly named books that would look great on your shelf.

10 Kitchen Tools to Help You Cook Like a Pro

Michele Debczak

Culinary skills not included.

The Missing Links: Cat Jenga

Colin Patrick

When Is the Best Time to See Fall Foliage?

Shaunacy Ferro

Depends on where you live.

Why Some Male Lions Don't Have Manes

Anna Green

Climate can cause a big difference in how much hair a lion grows.

Mental Floss Crossword #5

Matt Gaffney

Matt Gaffney writes a weekly crossword for mental_floss.

Pod City: ‘The Specialist,’ ‘Tom Green,’ and 8 More Recently Launched Podcasts

Whitney Matheson

There’s a podcast born every minute (or so it seems), and it doesn’t take long before all the choices can become overwhelming.

This Spooky Cauldron of Green Goo Knows What You're Thinking

Rebecca OConnell

Move ferrofluid around—using your mind.

Wikipedia Wants Scientists to Make Its Entries More Accurate

Shaunacy Ferro

The online encyclopedia is trying to recruit more expert editors.

Latest Images from Pluto: 'It's Complicated,' Says NASA

Jen Pinkowski

"If an artist had painted this Pluto before our flyby, I probably would have called it over the top—but that’s what is actually there."

What Tattered Article of Clothing Do You Refuse to Throw Away?

Jason English

On Fridays we ask a bunch of unrelated questions. Your answers help get us through the afternoon.

Slip On a 'Stars Wars' Ring Featuring Your Favorite Character

Rebecca OConnell

Choose from C-3P0, R2-D2, Jabba the Hutt, and more.

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