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UFO filmed from airline during US flight

Mauricio Ruiz managed to record an anomalous object from his window during a flight to Chicago. The footage shows the object to be a white cluster of …

Speed violinist voted fastest human on Earth

Violinst Ben Lee has gained the title after playing Flight of the Bumblebee at 15 notes per second. The accolade was awarded as part of the series “Su…

17 Famous Actors in Tiny Background Parts

Before they were headlining movies and TV shows, these celebs were just like everyone else trying to make it in Hollywood: thrilled to call home to report that the “Flight Attendant #3” role was totally in the bag. Check out a few of today’s big names back when they were cast as no-names. 1. Jason Segel [...]

How Ladybugs Fly

Sometimes, a video comes along that answers a question I didn’t know I had: How does a ladybug fly if it doesn’t have visible wings? It doesn’t just flap its shell around. Being a lifelong Science Dummy, I guess I never thought about that, though clearly it’s an issue for all beetles. Wikipedia to the [...]

Scientists solve bee flight route mystery

Far from following a random flight pattern bees have the ability to plan the most efficient route. In an effort to better understand the flight patter…

11 Amazing Reader-Submitted Air Travel Facts

Last month, while Jason was flying home from Chicago, he asked readers to submit their most amazing facts related to air travel. We’ve combed through the submissions, fact-checked our favorites, and picked 11 winners. The winners will be contacted via e-mail so they can receive the mental_floss T-shirts of their choice. And the winners are… Amy Gardner McNeal: Seventy-five [...]

The 8 Wheeled Skateboard That Can Cruise Down Stairs

As a former skateboarder, I know how frustrating it can be to come up against yet another flight of stairs when you’re tired of grinding handrails, or leaping from great heights, and you just want to go home. That’s where Po-Chih Lai’s 8 wheeled Stair Rover comes in, with specially designed pivoting trucks that allow it [...]

What Killed Giant Insects That Ruled The Skies of Ancient Earth?

A fossilized insect wing from the species Stephanotypus schneideri and it is about 300 million years old. The wing is about 7.5 inches (19 centimeters long), substantially smaller than the largest fossil insect [...]

Integrated Pest Management of Manifestations as Infestations

or, Angels Are Insects by Sally Y. Shelton, Washington, DC, USA John E. Simmons, Lawrence, Kansas, USA and Tom J. K. Strang, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (With profuse apologies to A. S. Byatt) The considerable body of literature about angels is cluttered, to say the least, with confused speculation that goes much beyond the facts. A simple scientific [...]

For Flight Attendants, Seniority Means Shorter Skirts

In the current issue of mental_floss magazine (get a free issue!), veteran flight attendant Heather Poole revealed 10 workplace secrets, including this one about the length of her skirt. Our tenure on the job doesn’t just determine which routes we fly and which days we get to take off; it also affects the hierarchy in our [...]