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What Do Breast Implants and a Python Have in Common?

Breast implants, a python, a winning lottery ticket, a bucket of live crabs and a set of four Power Rangers costumes — all are bizarre items left behind in rooms at British locations of the Travelodge hotel chain. Apparently, working in housekeeping at a hotel is not only drudgery. It could be life threatening.  Read about other unusual objects [...]

The Surprising Last Words of 11 Entertainers

What do actors, musicians, and writers say when they die? I consulted the reference Last Words of Notable People by Bill Brahms to collect eleven examples. Read on, and get a hanky ready. 1. Bob Hope (1903-2003) The words: “Surprise me.” The story: “Bob” Hope’s full name was Leslie Townes Hope. As an actor [...]

Hotel Pillow Fort

When redditor InGordWeTrust found an opportunity to have some fun with the Fairmont hotel staff, they went above and beyond the call of duty. When I booked the hotel, they had a spot for special instructions. So I wrote down, “Pre-made pillow fort, and a vanilla Coke.” You can see the completed fort in a gallery at [...]

Hotel Replaces Bible with Fifty Shades of Grey

Jonathan Denby bought the Damson Dene hotel in Crosthwaite, UK, from a Methodist group a decade ago, and had wanted to replace the Bible in each room with something else. At first, he thought about [...]

A Bee Hotel

Would you like to encourage wild, solitary bees to live near your home? You can build a bee hotel that provides the amenities that bees on the go are looking for. Bundle together shoots of bamboo or just drill deep, wide holes into blocks of wood. Hang the assembly in a place that gets plenty [...]

Where Does Decaf Come From? …and Other Burning Questions About Coffee

Whether you take it with cream and sugar, as a latte or frappuccino- coffee can get complicated. Fortunately, mental_floss is here to unlock the mysteries of the dark drink that brightens your mornings. Q: WHERE DOES DECAFFEINATED COFFEE COME FROM? It’s pretty simple. To make decaf, you start out with regular coffee beans and then take out [...]

The Ryugyong Hotel Gets a Makeover

It’s been years since we checked in on the Ryugyong Hotel, the monolithic concrete building in Pyongyang, North Korea, that was never completed. After work was abandoned in 1992, officials even denied its existence! But in 2008, the 105-floor structure got a second chance from the Orascom Group of Egypt. A new glass facade gives [...]

Fantastic 120-Year-Old Color Pictures of Ireland

St. Patrick’s Day has already come and gone this year, but there is a lot more to the Emerald Isle than the supposed World’s Greatest Snake Exterminator. Need some proof? Just check out these vivid vintage pictures of Ireland taken between 1890 and 1900 and organized by county, courtesy of the Library of Congress. County Antrim Glenoe [...]

The Divorce Hotel

You can get a quickie wedding, so why not a quickie divorce? That’s the logic behind the Divorce Hotel, where you can check in as a couple, and check out in two days as [...]

Bizarre Items Left at Travelodge Hotels

Did you leave your phone at the hotel? Don’t feel bad, because that ain’t nothing compared to what some people left behind at Travelodge hotels! The list of lost-and-found items compiled by the budget hotel chain include [...]