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23 Fun Facts About Things We Saw at the Grocery Store

The other day we set up a mental_floss Instagram account, then went to the grocery store and took some pictures. (We also needed food.) Here are some fun facts about the products we encountered. To appease the dairy lobby and keep butter sales strong, several states used to require margarine to be dyed pink. The USDA [...]

Can You Get Rich Betting on the Weather?

Did you know that you can invest in the weather? Yes, that’s right. The weather. You can take a financial gamble that the temperature in Sacramento will be one degree warmer than average, or even bet that it will be five degrees cooler. Too dull for your portfolio? How about putting some money down on the [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Mascots You Didn’t Know the Names Of

We see them day in and day out and often bring them into our homes to hang out with our families… but we don’t even know their real names. Tsk. Well, now you’ll be more familiar with the mascots you stock your cupboards with or see on T.V. every day – here are the not-so-well [...]