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Man tucks in to world’s hottest curry

55-year-old Ian Rothwell is the first person ever to eat an entire helping of the world’s hottest curry. Served up at the Bindi Indian restaurant in L…

Census Dotmap

Brandon Martin-Anderson created a map of the United States made only of dots. There are 308,450,225 dots, one for every person counted in the 2010 US Census! The map is zoomable at the site, in case you want to zoom in and see your dot. Good luck, as there are no state or city boundaries, [...]

Kelvin Doe: The Prodigy

Youtube Link Thnkr TV is helping promote this 15-year-old Kelvin Doe. Doe is a typical Sierra Leone teenager. He scours his neighborhood trash bins for spare parts, likes to build things, goes by the name DJ Focus, and happens to be the youngest person ever to be invited to the M.I.T. Visiting Practitioner’s Program. So maybe [...]

The Ecological Diversity of Your Belly Button

You are a unique and special person. There’s no one quite like you! Oh, other people have belly buttons. But only you can claim that particular combination of microbes that makes up the ecosystem in your belly button. The Belly Button Biodiversity project began as a competition among scientists to see who has the most biodiverse [...]

Sprinkles

Sometimes it helps to know whether the bakery person writing down your instructions for cake decoration will be the same person that actually decorates it. But then again, that might not help at all! Cake Wrecks has other examples in a post of cake instructions that ended upon the cake itself. The next time the [...]

The Missing Links: The Political Leanings of TV Characters

Some Seriously Sketchy Facts Check out all of the entries in Neatorama’s Drawn to Facts series. * How to Be A Dirty, Underhanded, Shifty, Side-Winding Co-Worker It’s Evil Week at Lifehacker, which means you can learn terribly black-hearted things like how to blatantly rip off good ideas from your co-workers. * Speaking of Evil: The Stanford Marshmallow [...]

Grandma’s Badass "Do Not Resuscitate" Tattoo

81-year-old Joy Tomkins has got what probably is the most badass tattoo a person can get: After her husband suffered a slow and painful death, she made the decision to let doctors know that she doesn’t want to suffer the [...]

Join the mental_floss Reader Panel!

We have big goals for mentalfloss.com. One way you guys can help—besides just showing up to read our stuff, of course—is to join the mental_floss Reader Panel! Step one: tell us a little about yourself. Who you are, what you do, where you live, whether you’re a cat person or a dog person, how you [...]

What’s the Difference Between Naked and Nude?

Technically speaking, naked implies that a person is unprotected or vulnerable. It also describes something that is unadorned or without embellishment, as in the oft-mentioned naked truth. Nude, on the other hand, means one thing: unclothed. Think of it this way: if you doff your duds to pose while descending a staircase for a [...]

11 TV and Movie Clichés You Never See in Real Life

How many movies or TV shows have you seen where a young sylph in a filmy nightgown runs through a forest in high heels to escape a bad guy? She always trips and falls down. If this makes you groan and mutter “only in the movies…”, then we think you’ll enjoy this scientific-type debunking of [...]