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Einstein's Design for a Fridge to Last 100 Years

Roma Panganiban

After establishing the theory of relativity as a founding principle of modern physics, Albert Einstein turned his thoughts to higher matters: home appliances.

Morning Cup of Links: Why Pope Francis Picked That Name

Miss Cellania

Starting at Midnight, Shop our Pi Day Sale!

Erin McCarthy

Microcosmos: Extreme Closeups of Nature

Chris Higgins

8 Short-Lived TV Shows That Should Use Crowd Funding to Make a Movie

Rudie Obias

Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas launched a Kickstarter campaign to create a film adaptation of the series; it raised $1 million in under 5 hours.

Operation Migration: Saving the Whooping Crane

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: The Myth of the Lone Inventor

Erin McCarthy

When we imagine the creation of an object, be it a light bulb or an iPad, we typically imagine a sole inventor, toiling away in a room to build it. But it's never that simple.

The Missing Links: The Movie Set Museum

Colin Patrick

How Do They Make the Pope Smoke?

Matt Soniak

When the Catholic cardinals meet to pick a new pope in the “papal conclave,” they’re sequestered in the Sistine Chapel so that their deliberations aren’t influenced by the outside world and that their

5 Strange Things Banned by Governments

Caisey Robertson

Any child can tell you that banning something is almost a surefire way of piquing an interest in it.

The mental_floss YouTube Channel is Live!

Erin McCarthy

11 Times Companies Bowed to Customer Outcry

Andrew Moseman

The customer is always right, as these 11 companies learned the hard way.

Visual Trickery: Loopy Water, Unmoving Hose

Chris Higgins

24 Canadianisms Way More Interesting Than "Eh?"

Arika Okrent

A Dictionary of Canadianisms on Historical Principles is a wonderful place to search or browse through the wordy history of our neighbors to the North.

Morning Cup of Links: Skinny the Fat Cat

Miss Cellania