Watch This 1962 British Car Show

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Central Press // Getty Images

In 1962, Pathe News visited the Earls Court Motor Show to get a look at the latest in British cars. It's a rich display—there's the classic Ford Cortina, a Mini Cooper with transparent panels all over, and a Riley Elf on a lifting suspension. They're all rotating. Because good cars in the 1960s apparently required rotating platforms.

A theme of the show is the range of the market, even within Great Britain. There are giant cars and tiny ones. Sports cars like the Triumph Spitfire and Lotus Elan were brand new, and all the cars on display had sleek, swooping lines. Spokesmodels are present in droves, often used to illustrate the seating capacity or general size of vehicles. Engines are presented in cut-away views to illustrate their high-tech precision.

Tune in for a brief time warp to an era when British cars were absolutely marvelous:

How to Make the Greatest Grilled Cheese Sandwich

A trio of kids attempt to make the ultimate grilled cheese sandwich in "Kids Vs Science."
A trio of kids attempt to make the ultimate grilled cheese sandwich in "Kids Vs Science."
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When it comes to comfort food, few sandwiches can beat the ooey, gooey deliciousness of an expertly made grilled cheese. But what makes the perfect grilled cheese sandwich? The answer, of course, is rather subjective: While some folks like nothing more than a fresh slice of tomato to add a little acid to their 'wich, others consider any ingredient other than cheese an abomination. To find an answer—or at least some semblance of one—we went to the experts: A cheesemonger, a food scientist, a professional chef, and a super-trio of grilled cheese-loving kids.

Kids Vs. Science is a new show from Mental Floss where we challenge a team of experts to complete a seemingly simple task—and compete against a group of kids to see who emerges victorious. Who will make the ultimate grilled cheese? Watch the full episode below to find out.

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30 Years Later: Watch Nelson Mandela’s 1990 Release from Prison

Nelson Mandela at a press conference the day after his prison release in February 1990.
Nelson Mandela at a press conference the day after his prison release in February 1990.
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On February 11, 1990, Nelson Mandela was released from prison after having served more than 20 years of a life sentence.

Mandela had joined the African National Congress (ANC) as a young lawyer in 1944 to advocate for an end to South African apartheid, an oppressive system of government built on racial segregation. According to the Nelson Mandela Foundation, he was arrested several times throughout the 1950s and 1960s on charges like violating the Suppression of Communism Act, leaving the country illegally, and committing high treason.

In 1963, while he was already in prison for earlier crimes, Mandela and other members of the ANC were charged with about 200 alleged acts of sabotage in what came to be known as the Rivonia Trial, named after the Johannesburg suburb where some defendants had been arrested. The following June, Mandela and most of his cohorts were convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

The nation experienced a wave of change when F.W. de Klerk became president in 1989 and worked to terminate apartheid, suspending executions and reinstating previously banned political organizations like the ANC.

On February 10, 1990, de Klerk announced Mandela would be freed from prison the very next day. Upon his release, Mandela, surrounded by a crowd of tens of thousands of supporters in Cape Town, delivered a rousing speech in which he thanked those who helped dismantle apartheid and expressed the need for a democratic government.

As History.com reports, Mandela would go on to win the Nobel Peace Prize with de Klerk in 1993 and become president of South Africa in 1994—find out more about his life and legacy here.

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