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11 Teeny Units of Measurement for Tiny Things

Arika Okrent

There are things in the world that are too small to perceive directly, but that doesn’t mean we can’t measure them. Here are 11 teeny units of measurement used to describe tiny things.

11 Views Every Photographer Should Capture

Are you passionate about photography? Then break out the cameras and add these can’t-miss destinations to your photographic bucket list.

Morning Cup of Links: A Bicycling Ron Burgundy and Daft Punk

Brian Abrams

11 Vocabulary Words for Typography Nerds

Virginia C McGuire

On the 11th of every month, we publish a bunch of lists of 11. Virginia C. McGuire gets us started.

World War I Centennial: Russians Cry Foul on von Sanders Mission

Erik Sass

With the centennial of the outbreak of hostilities coming up in 2014, Erik Sass will be looking back at the lead-up to the war, when seemingly minor moments of friction accumulated until the situation

The Art of Sculpted Bananas

Jill Harness

How do you turn bananas into a work of art? With a lot of imagination—and plenty of pins.

Last Week's Most Popular Stories

Erin McCarthy

In case you weren't obsessively refreshing mentalfloss.com all week, here's what you missed.

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

Weekend Links: Flying to Mars

Roma Panganiban

Weekend Links: YouTube’s Comment Crackdown

Roma Panganiban

Why One Woman Studies Physics

Chris Higgins

In this short animated video, Xiangjun Shi (who goes by "Shixie") explains why she studies Physics. Of course, it helps that she also studied Animation, so can make great stuff like this.

12 Inappropriate Calls Made to the Scottish Police

Lucas Reilly

Since April, Police Scotland has received over 600,000 emergency phone calls. But not all of them were for emergencies.

The Missing Links: The Worst Kickstarter Projects of 2013

Colin Patrick

30 Minutes of "Return of the Jedi" Raw Footage

Chris Higgins

Food From the Future: 3D-Printed Astro Pizzas

DeAnna Kerley

In May, NASA funded mechanical engineer Anjan Contractor and his company, Systems & Materials Research Corporation, with $125,000 to build a model of a 3D food printer.