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Bandits Attack Village, Villagers Set Bandits on Fire

In 2009, twenty bandits in India experienced a catastrophic victim selection failure when villagers fought back and slaughtered them: About 20 robbers raided a remote village in Jharkhand state late on Wednesday, but they were surrounded by hundreds of villagers, who began chasing them, police said. “Four were beaten to death, while eight took shelter in a [...]

10 Tooth-Cleaning Devices & Products of Yesteryear

Here at mental_floss, as the name suggests, we take our dental hygiene seriously. Accordingly, we felt it would be only fitting and proper to take a closer look at the products and devices folks have used throughout the centuries to fight plaque, tartar, oral fungi and other miscellaneous cavity creeps. 1. Miswak Cleaning Stick 4 out of [...]

Strange Objects Under the Sea

Kristian von Homsleth is a Danish artist who aims to sink a giant, metal, star-shaped sculpture – that will have at its center a cylinder filled with (donated) human blood and hair – in the Marianas Trench toward the end of this year. Hornsleth – who considers the sculpture to be a meditation on life, [...]