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Richard Feynman's "Ode to the Flower"

Chris Higgins

In 1981, physicist Richard Feynman was interviewed by the BBC. He told the story of his disagreement with an artist about who can better appreciate the beauty of a flower: artists or scientists.

Why Does Popcorn Pop?

Matt Soniak

First off, popcorn isn’t just any old corn. It’s a cultivated strain of flint corn known as zea mays everta.

Brain Game: Math Square #152

Today's Monday Math Square is the first one of the New Year for the mentalfloss.com Brain Game.

Morning Cup of Links: Discovering Birthday Cake

Miss Cellania

Evan began a lifetime of giving when he was seven years old and saved his allowance to donate to a cat shelter. That brought him more joy than all the candy his money could have bought.

Inside the Internet Archive

Chris Higgins

Weekend Links: Victorian Headless Photography

Allison Keene

From the Insane Logic Department: "Do Transformers have souls?

7 Other Famous Abbeys in England

Laura Turner Garrison

The most famous abbey in England right now is not actually an abbey at all — it’s a castle.

Decimal Time: How the French Made a 10-Hour Day

Chris Higgins

In 1793, the French smashed the old clock in favor of French Revolutionary Time: a 10-hour day, with 100 minutes per hour, and 100 seconds per minute.

How Science is Helping Paralyzed Dogs Walk Again

Jill Harness

Researchers recently discovered a technique to help some paralyzed dogs walk again.

Napoleon Wasn't Short, Vikings Didn't Wear Horned Helmets, and 3 More Historical Misconceptions

Chris Higgins

There's nothing a history geek likes more than saying, "Actually, everything you think you know about [insert historical event here] is wrong.

That's Not A Photograph

Jill Harness

Samuel Silva, a.k.a. DeviantArt user VianaArts, has an exceptional eye for detail, especially when it comes to laying down lines with a ballpoint pen.

Weekend Links: Fireworks in Reverse

Allison Keene

You haven’t truly seen a fireworks show until you’ve seen one in reverse. * How blind people use Instagram; "I've never had a camera before." * Want to get onto "The Price is R

The American Dialect Society's Word of the Year Is Hashtag

Arika Okrent

These days it seems like everyone goes around declaring the "word of the year," but the tradition began with the American Dialect Society, which met last night in Boston for its 23rd annual

The Late Movies: High School Haka

Miss Cellania

As I prepared an old mental_floss magazine article for the internet, I was struck by YouTube's "related videos" section.

World War I Centennial: Schlieffen Is Dead, but His Plan Lives On

Erik Sass

Installment #51: On January 4, 1913, Count Alfred von Schlieffen, the architect of Germany’s plan of attack on France, died in bed of natural causes at the age of 79—thus missing, by just 19 months, t