World’s Strangest

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S.O.T.: Save Our Twinkies

By now, you’ve no doubt already heard that Hostess is going bankrupt, which could be the end of the Twinkie as we know it. If that scares you more than the idea of a third world war, then you’d better head over to and sign the petition asking Obama to help nationalize the Twinkie [...]

Who’s on the Left? (part two)

If you enjoyed trying the mental_floss quiz Who’s on the Left? then you’ll want to try out ten more famous pairs. You know the names, you know the faces, but are you sure you know which one is which? I didn’t -I only got four correct! I still don’t know who Ed and Larry are. [...]

Did humans and Neanderthals interbreed ?

A new study casts doubt on the idea that our ancient ancestors would have interbred with Neanderthals. Research in to the Neanderthal genome revealed …

Why Do We Wear Pants? Because of Horses

Why do we wear pants? Even if you’re currently dressed “blogger style”, you’ve no doubt worn pants in the past. How did his fashion develop? Peter Turchin, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Connecticut, says that the domestication of horses led to pants: The reasons why pants are advantageous when mounted atop a horse should [...]

Richard Feynman: No Ordinary Genius

In this 90-minute BBC documentary from 1993, we see a glimpse of Richard Feynman at his best. Feynman and other figures from his life are interviewed extensively, revealing a portrait of a complex mind — a man who was willing to live with doubt, uncertainty, and incorrectness as part of the human condition. [...]

Mystery surrounds dinosaur-killing asteroid

Doubt has been cast on where the asteroid that killed off the dinosaurs would have come from. Up until now it was thought that the killer asteroid tha…

How Columbia House Made Money Giving Away Music

No doubt you remember getting Columbia House packets in the mail. Eight CDs for a penny? What minimum wage-earning kid wasn’t stoked about that? Ethan Trex over at mental_floss has uncovered the details behind how the mail-order powerhouse managed to make money on the deal. There are also surprising nuggets like these: In March 2000, the [...]

How Your Dad’s Jams Indicate What Tunes Are On Your iPod

There’s no doubt that what your parents listened to when you were growing up has had some sort of an impact on what you listen to now, though I’m not totally sure it’s always as clear-cut as this graphic makes it. Instead of listening to something vaguely derivative of Jimmy Buffett, I think I was [...]

Titanic II sinks on maiden voyage

When Mark Wilkinson set sail on his new cruiser Titanic II was there any doubt over what would happen ? Setting sail off the British coast Mark enjoye…

Sitting Down All Day = Really Bad For You

No doubt you knew that already, but since so many of us do sit for eight+ hours a day (I do, and I have no excuse… I have a stand-up desk at work), I thought these cool infographics were a good reminder. A few more of the stats you’ll find on the full graphic: Obese [...]