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The Late Movies: Animals and iPads

Technology isn’t just for people these days—pets can get in on the fun, too. Though they may not understand it, tech-savvy pets can enjoy iPads and iPhones like the rest of us. Cat and Mouse A clowder of cats chases some digital mice. Dog Tested Chloe the corgi isn’t so sure what to think of the iPad. Bug Catching This lizard [...]

How to Get Past A Lock

Dan Lewis runs the popular daily newsletter Now I Know (“Learn Something New Every Day, By Email”). We’ve invited him to share some of his stories on mental_floss this week. To subscribe to his daily email, click

Eerie and Hypnotic: Wave Pendulums

From the “I Wish This Were My Desk Toy” department, here’s a video of a wave pendulum built using billiard balls. It’s oddly hypnotic, as you watch the series of individual pendulums acting on their own (swinging to and fro), but as a group they appear to interact, forming intricate patterns, syncing up and breaking [...]

Breathtaking Nature Footage … Taken from a Drone

Remote-control aerial photography is here. Are we ready?

The Missing Links: Your Weirdest Thoughts As Art

It’s Like He’s In My Head Jim takes the insane mental images straight out of your brain (or the brains of the people that email and explain them to him) and paints them. * Digging Beneath the Vatican Life has a great gallery of images showing a series of excavations once conducted under the Vatican. This article quotes one from [...]

5 On-The-Border Attractions

Borders between states and nations have often been met by contention. For some reason, humans have remained territorial from the beginning, placing markers on what is “mine” and what is “yours.” Sometimes, the human race gets a little creative when drawing a line in the sand, and sometimes Mother Nature does it for us.

Swissted: Punk Rock Gig Posters Reinterpreted in Swiss Modernist Style

On the surface, it might not seem like punk rock and Swiss modernism have much in common—but pick up Mike Joyce’s book Swissted, out tomorrow, and you’ll see that the music and art movements blend beautifully.

Did Pirates Really Make People Walk the Plank?

Yes, but not as often as modern pop culture would have us think.