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The Missing Links: In 1492, Columbus Sailed … Into A Mall?

In A Perfect World, Science Museums Wouldn’t Have to Advertise But since it isn’t and they do, you might as well make sure the advertisements are geeky and cool to show off your science smarts. * Energy: Sure. Education: Absolutely. Cancer: Huh? Until I read this article, I never really considered that carcinogens might have their own [...]

How the Canadian Provinces and Territories Got Their Names

Here’s a little more Canadian history on this Canada Day. Alberta Named in honor of Princess Louise Caroline Alberta (1848-1939), the fourth daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and the wife of the Marquess of Lorne, Governor General of Canada from 1878 to 1883. Lake Louise, the village of Caroline, and Mount Alberta are also named after her. British Columbia The name refers to the Columbia District, the [...]

The Late Movies: Arresting Music

A video showing a fellow who had been arrested, took the internet by storm today. He was confined to the back of a police car and sang Bohemian Rhapsody in its entirety, while completely snoggered. Robert Wilkinson had a little too much and decided the squad car was the perfect place for karaoke. How did he [...]

Drunk Serenades Officers with Bohemian Rhapsody

(YouTube link) Robert Wilkinson had a little too much and decided the back of a squad car was the perfect place for karaoke. How did he remember the whole song in that condition?! This happened in Edson, Alberta last November. Wilkinson was given a copy of the video to use in his defense, and he uploaded [...]

Documentary to cover Banff bigfoot mystery

The Discovery Channel are filming in Alberta following claims that a “bigfoot colony” is located there. Sylvanic Bigfoot group’s Todd Standing is conv…

Our Readers’ Favorite Bookstore Cats (Volume Three)

Many mental_floss readers contributed to the list of bookstore cats we met in the previous four posts on the subject -and I certainly appreciate your help! However, many of those favorites don’t have a picture or biography on the internet. Here are some of the few left that do. Francis BookCourt is a small, independent bookstore in [...]

Injured Dog Mothers Litter Plus One

Esperanza was a stray dog at a reserve in Alberta, Canada who got hit by a car. Her rear leg was badly injured, but she kept right on with her family responsibilities. She had six babies, after all -five puppies and a kitten- to nurse. Criss Gerwing, who runs a small animal rescue group, discovered the [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Places to Stay if You’re Looking for a Scare

Looking for a last-minute Halloween getaway? Then this is the Q10 for you. I’m all talk when it comes to sharing a room overnight with visitors who have long since left the here-and-now – I have a feeling that I would stop just short of booking a room at any of these 10 places. How [...]

Red River phenomenon in the Rockies

A lucky photographer captured the image of a lifetime – shooting the incredibly rare moment a waterfall turned tomato soup red.Rochelle Coffey was stunned when she saw the normally crystal-clear water turn deep red over the course of two hours.The mother-of-two had been visiting the impressive Cameron Falls, in Alberta, Canada, with her husband and [...]

The Quick 10: The mental_floss Groundhog Round UP

In case you haven’t already heard, Punxsutawney Phil predicted another six weeks of winter this morning. Stupid groundhog. But there’s good news – if you don’t like what he had to say, there are plenty of other groundhogs you can consult instead. Here they are, complete with what they predicted today: 1. Punxsutawney Phil. We’ll start [...]