How St. Patrick's Day Works

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How St. Patrick's Day Works. Learn the origins and customs of the holiday.

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Trying to Walk Up an Icy Hill. A few men in Swanage, England, gave up on driving, but walking was one step forward and 10 steps back.

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13 Little Bedroom Hacks That Will Actually Help You Get More Sleep. Even if you're not an insomniac, a better night's rest will improve your mood and performance.

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The Long Linguistic Journey to "Dagnabbit." It's a taboo deformation, which is also how we got the words bear and wolf.

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All the New Things We Learned From the Star Wars: The Last Jedi Blu-Ray. The movie could have been more than three hours long.

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March Madness is Upon Us. Here are four underdogs that could make or break your bracket.

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10 Gaelic Loanwords to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day. And while we're at it, here are 10 more words that you might not have known are Irish.

Wednesday’s Best Amazon Deals Include Computer Monitors, Plant-Based Protein Powder, and Blu-ray Sets

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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 2. 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.