Why The Manchineel is the Most Dangerous Tree in the World

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The manchineel, also known as the ‘Tree of Death,’ holds the Guinness World Record for world’s most dangerous tree. At Mental Floss, we’ve covered a few of its deadly properties before, but in the video below, YouTube user Thoughty2 goes into great—and disturbing—detail about what exactly makes the tree so dangerous.

As it turns out, almost every part of the manchineel is potentially lethal. Its fruit can make your throat close up, its sap causes blisters and blinding pain, and even its bark—when burned—can cause blindness. As fascinating as it is terrifying, the manchineel was long used by the indigenous people of the Caribbean to make poison arrows, and may have even been responsible for the death of famed explorer Juan Ponce de Leon in the 16th century. Check out Thoughty2’s video above to learn more about the manchineel—but be forewarned, the images of manchineel-induced injuries are not for the faint of heart.

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Celebrate the Holidays With the 2020 Harry Potter Funko Pop Advent Calendar

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Funko

Though the main book series and movie franchise are long over, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter remains in the spotlight as one of the most popular properties in pop-culture. The folks at Funko definitely know this, and every year the company releases a new Advent calendar based on the popular series so fans can count down to the holidays with their favorite characters.

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Right now, you can pre-order the 2020 edition of Funko's popular Harry Potter Advent calendar, and if you do it through Amazon, you'll even get it on sale for 33 percent off, bringing the price down from $60 to just $40.

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Over the course of the holiday season, the Advent calendar allows you to count down the days until Christmas, starting on December 1, by opening one of the tiny, numbered doors on the appropriate day. Each door is filled with a surprise Pocket Pop! figurine—but outside of the trio of Harry, Hermione, and Ron, the company isn't revealing who you'll be getting just yet.

Calendars will start shipping on October 15, but if you want a head start, go to Amazon to pre-order yours at a discount.

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100 Fascinating Facts About Earth

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The best Spaceball.
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Did you know that there’s a place in the South Pacific Ocean called Point Nemo that’s farther from land than any other point on Earth? So far, in fact, that the closest humans are usually astronauts aboard the International Space Station. (And by the way: The map you’re about to look for Point Nemo on might not be entirely accurate; a certain amount of distortion occurs when trying to depict a 3D planet on a 2D surface.)

In this all-new episode of The List Show, Mental Floss editor-in-chief Erin McCarthy is journeying to the center of the Earth, and visiting its oceans, its atmosphere, and even space, in search of 100 facts about our endlessly fascinating planet.

The subjects that fall under the umbrella of “facts about Earth” are nearly as expansive as Earth itself. Geology, biology, astronomy, and cartography, are all fair game—and those are just a few of the many -ologies, -onomies, and -ographies you’ll learn about below. 

Press play to find out more Earth-shattering facts, and subscribe to the Mental Floss YouTube channel for more fact-filled videos here.