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There are two kinds of people in the world…

Dr. Phil Plait has them all figured out. But you know, this could be made into a flowchart, with people being born flowing into the right circle, a trickle of people flowing from the right to the left, and because of the death rate, there would be outflow from both circles. Read plenty more geeky [...]

The Top 5 mental_floss Quizzes of 2011

This weekend, we’ve been counting down the year’s top quizzes (see #6-#10 and #11-#15). Pay attention to what’s been working, because tomorrow we’ll start accepting suggestions for another installment of Reader-Submitted Quiz Week. What resume wouldn’t look better with “I wrote a quiz for mental_floss” down in the MISCELLANEOUS section? (Plus you can win [...]

The Mystical Farting Runes of Iceland

I think we can all agree that the seventeenth century was a bad time to be a witch, or to be caught by the authorities with witchy-type items in your possession. Eye of newt aside, one of the most damning things you could own was a grimoire, a textbook of magic. (The most famous example [...]

The Medical Credentials of 7 Famous Doctors

Slate’s recent shocking revelations about rapper-turned-psychologist Dr. Roxanne effectively knocked the wind out of one of this year’s feel-good stories. And while we never really pictured, say, Dr. J performing major surgery, the piece did make us wonder about the credentials of some other famous “doctors.” 1. Dr. Roxanne Shanté Lolita Shanté Gooden was just 14 [...]