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Behind a Frozen Waterfall

Minneapolis-based photographer Matt Sepeta captured this image of the frozen Minnehaha Falls. Located in a Minneapolis park, Minnehaha Falls are near the point where the Mississippi River and Minnehaha Creek converge.

The Mississippi River: The Backbone of America

The Mississippi River has been providing water, transportation, and blues songs to us for hundreds of years. The river was essential in building trade, agriculture, and settlements in the United States. And it continues to be crucial in ways we rarely think about. In combination with the Missouri River, which flows into the Mississippi, it’s [...]

11 of the Craziest Events in Olympic History

Olympic history books are filled with stories of amazing individual performances and team achievements. But from poorly conceived competitions to spectators attacking the judges, a lot of crazy stuff has happened along the way. 1. Killing Animals Causes Horror, Fainting Live Pigeon Shooting, 1900 Paris Olympics Live Pigeon Shooting was the only time in Olympic history when [...]

Welcome to Bubbleland: Life on a Strange Little Chunk of Kentucky

For most of its journey from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico, the Mississippi River takes a pretty direct path. Sure, it zigs east here and zags west there, but nothing too crazy. Around Kentucky, though, the river’s course gets a little convoluted. It turns north before heading south again in several places. These detours [...]

Scale Model of the Mississippi River Basin

What do you do when you are the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and you want to learn how to control flooding? You recreate the Mississippi River to simulate floods. See the gallery of photos at the link of this amazing project constructed in the 1930’s. In 1936, after nearly two decades of devastating floods in [...]

Making the Best of Invasive Species

Sometimes species are introduced to a new environment by mistake, and sometimes on purpose with the best of intentions. Often the unintended consequences are that the new species takes over and drives out native plants and/or animals because its natural controls are not in place in a different place. What to do? How about making [...]

French Lick, Havana and Other Former Spring Training Sites

Players have reported to spring training to prepare for the upcoming baseball season. Half of the league’s 30 teams are holding camp in Florida, home of the Grapefruit League, and the other half are in Arizona, home of the Cactus League. Spring training wasn’t always concentrated in two states. In fact, it was once common [...]

The Unappetizing Realities of Factory-Farmed Meat

I grew up on a farm. In addition to corn and soy, my family used to raise chickens and pigs and cows — a few dozen chickens, a dozen pigs, maybe, and a handful of cows — but that was years ago. The price of meat has been so low for so long, for both [...]

24 More Cool College Landmarks

Back in February 2008 (posted again in January 2009), we brought you a list of 10 cool college landmarks, ranging from MIT’s relatively new Stata Center to the 130-year-old Nott Memorial at Union College. Today, we’re bringing you 24 more, recommended by mental_floss readers. 1. Cathedral of Learning The University of Pittsburgh‘s Cathedral of Learning holds the [...]

Frozen Mississippi River

Frozen Mississippi RiverFrozen Mississippi River froze over near Alton, Illinois. Underneath the Clark Bridge, the water froze into slabs of ice and piled up along the riverbank. Amazing Pictures Was TakenTag:- frozen river, frozen mississippi river, frozen mississippi, frozen mist, frozen mississippi river 2010, frozen mississippi river pictures, frozen missouri river, frozen mississippi 2010,