The World's Longest Thank-You Note Has 270,000 Signatures

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Few public officials have been thanked for their service on the same scale as Lord Viscount Morpeth. When he retired from his position as chief secretary for Ireland in 1841, citizens got together to send him an epic thank-you note—and today it's one of the most important documents in Irish history.

According to the video below from Great Big Story, the Morpeth Roll consists of roughly 270,000 signatures stretched out over 420 meters. When fully unfurled, the scroll—which is made from sheets that have been pasted together—is longer than the Empire State Building is tall.

Along with likely being the longest document of its kind, the Morpeth Roll also serves as a window into a specific time in Irish history. Many Irish documents from this period have been lost or destroyed due to the Great Famine and the Irish civil war. Because the scroll was kept around a spool in a box at Castle Howard in Yorkshire during Ireland's most tumultuous years, it was able to survive to the present day.

The pages have since been digitized, allowing researchers to study its contents without causing it any further damage. The 270,000 signatures have become an important resource for genealogists tracing people's Irish ancestry back to the 19th century. Even a distant relative of Prince William and Prince Harry has been found on the historic document.

[h/t Great Big Story]

Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

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Now that Prime Day is over, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday still a few weeks away, online deals may seem harder to come by. And while it can be a hassle to scour the internet for promo codes, buy-one-get-one deals, and flash sales, Amazon actually has an extensive coupon page you might not know about that features deals to look through every day.

As pointed out by People, the coupon page breaks deals down by categories, like electronics, home & kitchen, and groceries (the coupons even work with SNAP benefits). Since most of the deals revolve around the essentials, it's easy to stock up on items like Cottonelle toilet paper, Tide Pods, Cascade dishwasher detergent, and a 50 pack of surgical masks whenever you're running low.

But the low prices don't just stop at necessities. If you’re looking for the best deal on headphones, all you have to do is go to the electronics coupon page and it will bring up a deal on these COWIN E7 PRO noise-canceling headphones, which are now $80, thanks to a $10 coupon you could have missed.

Alternatively, if you are looking for deals on specific brands, you can search for their coupons from the page. So if you've had your eye on the Homall S-Racer gaming chair, you’ll find there's currently a coupon that saves you 5 percent, thanks to a simple search.

To discover all the deals you have been missing out on, head over to the Amazon Coupons page.

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A Short, Sweet History of Candy Corn

Love it or hate it, candy corn is here to stay.
Love it or hate it, candy corn is here to stay.
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Depending on which survey you happen to be looking at, candy corn is either the best or the worst Halloween candy ever created. If that proves anything, it’s that the tricolor treat is extremely polarizing. But whether you consider candy corn a confectionery abomination or the sweetest part of the spooky season, you can’t deny that it’s an integral part of the holiday—and it’s been around for nearly 150 years.

On this episode of Food History, Mental Floss’s Justin Dodd is tracing candy corn’s long, storied existence all the way back to the 1880s, when confectioner George Renninger started molding buttercream into different shapes—including corn kernels, which he tossed at actual chickens to see if it would fool them. His white-, orange-, and yellow-striped snack eventually caught the attention of Goelitz Confectionery Company (now Jelly Belly), which started mass-producing what was then sometimes called “chicken feed” rather than “candy corn.”

But what exactly is candy corn? Why do we associate it with Halloween? And will it ever disappear? Find answers to these questions and more in the video below.

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