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Emerging Adults

At what age do you become an "adult"? 18? 21? A new survey by Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, revealed that there may be gradations of adulthood. Witness the advent of "emerging adults" (age 18 to 29): Jeffrey Jensen Arnett, a research professor in [...]

Why is the Retirement Age 65?

In the early 1880s, Chancellor Otto Von Bismarck of Germany had a problem. Marxist unrest was spreading across Europe and some of his own countrymen were calling for socialist reforms. To take the wind out of their sails and stave off more radical policies, Bismarck concocted a first-of-its-kind social insurance program wherein the national government [...]

Super Gory Mario Bros.

In the age of gory video games, good ol’ Mario just looks so … dowdy. Well, no more! Frantisek Vaclavek of Blumasters updated Super Mario Bros. by adding a little bit (okay a lot) [...]

Old People Smell Really Does Exist!

Old people really do smell – that’s right, science has proven that the elderly has body odor that is distinct from that of younger people. The good news? Old people actually don’t smell bad: Research conducted at the Monell Chemical Senses Center in [...]

Disney Days Quiz

The “classic” Disney animated films are considered to be those big ones produced before 1960. Sure, you’ve seen them all, but unless you’re of a certain age, you probably didn’t see them as first-run films. The challenge of this quiz from mental_floss is to recall how old each one actually is. You’ll be given a [...]

Four-year-old ‘genius’ joins Mensa

Four-year-old Heidi Hankins appears to have an IQ that is only slightly lower than Stephen Hawking’s. At the age of two Heidi was able to read books i…

11 Musicians Who Overcame Disabilities

1. Ludwig van Beethoven At age 26, the great German composer and pianist began to lose his hearing. His problems began with a severe form of tinnitus, and it’s thought they may have been complicated by syphilis, lead poisoning, typhus, or possibly his habit of immersing his head in cold water to stay awake. Whatever the [...]

General Tom Thumb

You’ve heard of General Tom Thumb, one of P.T. Barmnum’s most famous human exhibits. But how much do you really know about the man born Charles Sherwood Stratton in 1838? When he was discovered at the age of four by P. T. Barnum little Charles stood a mere 25 inches in height and weighed 15 pounds. [...]

Boys Choirs Dealing with Earlier Puberty

Over the past few years, you’ve probably read about how the age of puberty for girls is getting gradually younger. Surprise! Boys are affected, too. And the phenomenon is causing trouble for the world’s most famous boys choirs. At the venerable St. Thomas Boys Choir, where Bach once drilled pupils in their scales, leaders have redoubled [...]

How carbon helped to thaw the planet

In a new study scientists have been investigating how CO2 levels helped to end the last ice age. The research has shown that rising CO2 levels combine…