The First Ice Skates Weren’t for Jumps and Twirls

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The First Ice Skates Weren’t for Jumps and Twirls—They Were for Getting Around. Blades were invented to help you slide on ice in only one direction at a time.

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Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas. What remains of the Inca and the Aztecs is just a taste of their historic glory.

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7 Offbeat Mardi Gras Krewes. And when to see their parades this Carnival season.

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Why Menu Translations Go Terribly Wrong. Often what a dish has always been called doesn't really describe it to someone who is unfamiliar with it.

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Poles of Inaccessibility: the Remotest Places on Earth. See the spot on each continent that is furthest from any ocean.

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How the Biggest Movies of Sundance 2018 Went Small. Many films are taking on the big picture by closely examining one aspect of it.

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The Bizarre 19th Century Art of Making Furniture Out of Animals. Aren't you glad we don't do that now?

Friday’s Best Amazon Deals Include Digital Projectors, Ugly Christmas Sweaters, and Speakers

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As a recurring feature, our team combs the web and shares some amazing Amazon deals we’ve turned up. Here’s what caught our eye today, December 4. Mental Floss has affiliate relationships with certain retailers, including Amazon, and may receive a small percentage of any sale. But we only get commission on items you buy and don’t return, so we’re only happy if you’re happy. Good luck deal hunting!

Climate Change Is Coming for America’s National Parks

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Climate Change Is Coming for America’s National Parks. Imagine Glacier National Park without a glacier.

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The Chimp Who Believed She Was Human. After being raised in a human home, it took years for Lucy to learn to be an ape again.

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The Mathematical Madness of Möbius Strips and Other One-Sided Objects. A look at the history of the mind-bending field of topology

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These 1930s Housewives Were the Godmothers of Radical Consumer Activism. They protested rising food prices with the Hamtramck Meat Strike.

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Disneyland’s Fantasyland Recreated in Incredible Detail in a Basement. A railroad engineer hand-crafted his own theme park over ten years.

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The Princess Who Worked at Macy’s. The Queen of Romania also built furniture, raised poultry, and enjoyed off-roading.

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America is on the Verge of a Nursing Crisis. Our nursing schools don't have the capacity to supply our current needs, much less our future needs.

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15 Amazing Animal Reunions. It's good to know that pets lost for years might find their way home.