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New Driver Side Mirror Eliminates the Blind Spot

Of course, you could have such a mirror already. It would just be curved enough to cover the blind spot to the rear and left of the driver. But that curve would also distort the image, leaving the driver uncertain about the location of objects in the mirror. Thankfully, Drexel University mathematician R. Andrew Hick’s [...]

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 [...]