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Isaac Newton’s Secret Sins

Even great minds have teen angst. The more intelligent teenagers just know how to hide them better! Which is a good ting, because when you become famous, someone will want to dig up that dirt, even 300 years later. In 1662, a 19-year-old Isaac Newton started carrying a leather-bound journal, which he used to track finances [...]

Watch the Skull-Cutting Instructional Video Made for a Django Unchained Actor

Quentin Tarantino often takes liberties with history in his films, and his latest, Django Unchained, is no exception. But some aspects of the flick called for a bit of realism: For a scene where Leonardo DiCaptrio’s character, Calvin Candie, saws off the top of a skull, the production turned to the Mütter Museum for help. [...]

Words and Phrases I’ve Misused

Chris Higgins of mental_floss wrote a book called The Blogger Abides. It’s about, you guessed it,  blogging! In an excerpt he posted today, he gives many examples of misused words and phrases he’s been called out on over the years. A couple of examples: Tough Road to Hoe A lot of idioms don’t seem to make sense, [...]

Touch Effects

If you’re still off work for the holidays and need to kill some time, the web toy Touch Effects may just eat up more of your day than you thought possible! Once you get tired of just dragging the colors around, you can adjust the parameters for an even stranger effect. Link -via mental_floss

Flying 150,000 Miles Over 64 Days Without Landing

In 1959, Bob Timm and John Wayne Cook took off from the Las Vegas airport in a Cessna 172 for the longest airplane flight of their lives. Or anyone’s life! They stayed aloft for for 64 days, 22 hours, and 19 minutes, a record that has never been broken. They remained in the general area [...]

What Is Boxing Day?

The day after Christmas is Boxing Day, a holiday observed by a large part of Europe and most of the former British Empire -except for America, who broke away fairly early. Mental-floss has a roundup of Boxing day facts for those who aren’t familiar with the customs of this odd holiday. Boxing Day is observed every [...]

MathRun

Here’s a math quiz that starts out deceptively simple and slow, but gradually becomes more difficult while you’re telling yourself how well you’re doing. Before you know it, you’re scrambling to keep up! I got to one point where I didn’t even recognize the symbols, but figured it out somehow. I cannot tell you what [...]

Spider Web

(vimeo link) By taking a picture every four seconds, photographer Jean-Michel was able to contract a time-lapse sequence of a spider constructing a web. The video covers an hour and a half of work. That’s a hard -working eight-legged artist.  -via mental_floss

MythBuster Adam Savage Isn’t Done with the Dodo

MythBuster Adam Savage’s obsession with the dodo is well-documented, thanks to a TED talk he gave about his methodical recreation of the extinct bird’s skeleton—not an easy task, since no complete specimens of dodo skeletons exist. Today, in a video posted on Tested, he revealed that he’s not done with the dodo yet. Not long after Savage [...]

Heisman Trophy Challenge

How much of a college football fan are you, really? This year’s Heisman Trophy winner will be announced this Saturday. Mental_floss is challenging you to recall the other winners of the past thirty years in today’s Lunchtime Quiz. How many of their last names can you rattle off in 6 minutes? If you can name [...]