24 Fascinating Facts About ASMR ("In" ASMR)

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Mental Floss via YouTube

Does the sound of whispering trigger a sense of relaxation in your brain? What about paper-crinkling, finger-tapping, or Bob Ross talking about painting happy little trees? If simple actions like these give you "brain tingles," you may be experiencing a reaction known as autonomous sensory meridian response, or ASMR.

In this (very quiet) edition of The List Show, Mental Floss editor-in-chief Erin McCarthy dives into the fascinating world of ASMR, including what triggers it and who the most popular ASMRtist is out there today. So get comfortable and listen up.

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25 Weird Old Predictions Made About the 21st Century

Erin McCarthy hosts "The List Show" with the assistance of a frighteningly large carrot.
Erin McCarthy hosts "The List Show" with the assistance of a frighteningly large carrot.
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Nikola Tesla may have been a brilliant inventor/engineer and one of the world's most famous futurists, but he got one prognostication seriously wrong when he predicted that people would no longer be drinking coffee in the 21st century.

In a 1935 article, Tesla wrote that 21st-century humans would know better than to pollute their bodies with harmful substances like caffeine and nicotine. As for alcohol? Well, let's just say that Tesla had a much more generous view on imbibing.

Join Mental Floss editor-in-chief Erin McCarthy as she digs up 25 bold predictions from the past—some of them bizarre, some of them ridiculously funny, and some of them just plain wrong—in this edition of "The List Show."

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16 Audience Questions About 'The List Show'

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Mental Floss via YouTube

It didn’t take long for "The List Show" to become one of our very favorite projects here at Mental Floss. While the hit YouTube series has evolved a bit since it premiered in 2013, we’ve amassed a pretty stellar group of regular viewers who frequently send us ideas for new topics to explore (thanks, guys!) and who have asked us tons of questions about "The List Show" itself. So we decided to get a little meta with the latest edition and answer some of our audience’s most burning questions—like just how many facts have we shared over the years. (You’ll have to watch to find out the answer to that one.)

Join Mental Floss editor-in-chief Erin McCarthy as she answers your questions and reveals some behind-the-scenes facts about "The List Show"—including: What happened to John Green?

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