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10 Legendary Monsters of Europe

There are monsters all around us -or at least the legends of monsters. Last week we saw some of the monsters of Asia. Now here are some of the scariest monsters of Europe. 1. Kelpie The Kelpie lives in the lakes and rivers of Scotland, and is often referred to as a “water horse” because it is [...]

Air Force One

The following is an article from the book Uncle John’s Absolutely Absorbing Bathroom Reader. You’ve heard of Air Force One, but what do you really know about it? Here’s a short history of what’s now considered the “flying White House.” HOMEBOUND Nowadays we take for granted that traveling around the world is part of the president’s job. But [...]

The Warsaw Basilisk

The ancient legendary creature called the basilisk was feared in Europe and North Africa. It was a combination snake,rooster, bat, and sometimes other animals, that was born from an egg laid by a rooster and incubated by a toad. And it was so venomous, birds flying over it would die! Pliny the Elder wrote about [...]

11 Words With a ‘Q’ But No ‘U’ Acceptable in Words With Friends

At this very moment, someone is Googling “Words With Friends words without vowels,” and there’s a good chance they’ll land on this story I posted last year. If your problem isn’t a lack of vowels but a nagging ‘Q’ (and no ‘U’ to go with it), perhaps one of these words will help. 1. Qwerty/s – [...]

Meteorites from Mars Rain Down on Earth

Didn’t Starship Troopers feature aliens hitting the Earth with rocks? Well, I’m sure that it’s nothing. Anyway, we’re getting hit by meteorites of Martian origin: Scientists are confirming that 15 pounds of rock collected recently in Morocco fell to Earth from Mars during a meteorite shower last July. This is only the fifth time in history scientists [...]

World War I Centennial: Countdown to Catastrophe

The First World War was an unprecedented catastrophe that killed millions and set the continent of Europe on the path to further calamity two decades later. But it didn’t come out of nowhere. With the centennial of the outbreak of hostilities coming up in 2014, mental_floss will be taking a look back at the lead-up [...]

Operation Barbarossa: The Biggest Military Adventure in History

June 22nd marks the 70th anniversary of Operation Barbarossa, Nazi Germany’s invasion of the Soviet Union — the biggest military adventure in history, which led directly to the downfall of Adolf Hitler’s murderous regime. Together with the Holocaust that followed it, Operation Barbarossa was the ultimate expression of Hitler’s twisted vision, reflecting both the vaulting [...]

The Nazrid Palaces of the Alhambra

A weekend trip to Granada, Spain gives us all a look at the Nazrid Palaces of the Alhambra, built in the 14th century by the conquering Moors of North Africa. Considering the history, it’s astonishing that these buildings have survived 700 years without significant damage. The Alhambra is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Link [...]

Couple return honeymoon with daughter

A couple who spent the last four years sailing around the world on their dream honeymoon have finally returned home – with the two-year-old daughter they conceived during their voyage. Dave and Hazel McCabe set off on their 14,000 mile odyssey after getting married in the UK in 2005. Plain sailing: Dave and Hazel McCabe, pictured with [...]

10 Mammals You Probably Didn’t Know Exist

Even to wildlife devotees, the riches of the animal kingdom are a constant surprise. The world is still full of fabulous and peculiar creatures with fascinating habits and, often, extraordinary exotic names. Here are ten that most people have never heard of, in no particular order. 10 Aardwolf Proteles cristatus An African mammal that looks like a slender yellow-grey [...]