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Are Octopuses Intelligent? It Depends on How You Define Intelligence

If you’re going to evaluate the intelligence of an animal, it’s not enough to measure the size of its brain. Researchers are convinced that octopuses have an intelligence so sophisticated that they can display emotions and individual personalities. But it’s a different sort of intelligence that has to be assessed in a different way: Octopuses have [...]

Wacky Tales from Olympics Past

We’re big Olympics fans here at mental_floss, and it’s killing us that we’ve got to wait nearly two more years until the London Olympics begin. In the meantime, let’s scratch our Olympic itch by looking at some stories you might not know from earlier Games. Marathon Madness Before the 1896 Olympic revival in Athens, there was no [...]