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Olympic Cyclists and Their Giant Thighs

Getty Images Sure, Olympians are crazy fit, but there’s something about those indoor track cyclists that makes your jaw plummet to the floor. What is it? Oh, yes, their massive thighs. Thunder doesn’t even begin to describe them. The largest ones, which at last count belonged to German cyclist Robert Forstemann (above), aptly nicknamed “Mr. Thigh,” [...]

In Your Face: The Rise and Fall of Zubaz

Longtime readers know that we here at mental_floss aren’t afraid to tackle the big issues. Politics. Religion. Science. And today we’ll bring that fearlessness to another hot-button issue: Zubaz. Let’s take a look at the history of the hottest zebra-striped pants of the early 1990s. When we think of Zubaz today, “utilitarian” probably isn’t the first [...]