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Niche Blogs for the Dog Days of August

Are you tired of the Olympics already? Are you tired of U.S. presidential election news? Are you bogged down with back-to-school preparations? The maybe you need some lighthearted distraction! Of course, you’ll always find interesting and informative posts at mental_floss, but in addition, here are some wacky and oddly specific blogs that might bring you [...]

The Fattest Country on Earth

Suprise! It’s not the United States – although one third of Americans are overweight, we look downright svelte compared to Qatar: Qatar is a tiny country with a big problem. This Connecticut-sized nation, sticking out like a loose tooth [...]

The mental_floss Guide to the NCAA Tournament: The South

We’re going region by region, giving you one fun fact about each team in the tournament. (1) Kentucky Kentucky got its royal blue team color from a piece of clothing. In 1891 the school needed a set of team colors before a football game against in-state rival Centre College. After some debate, the students settled on [...]

Seawise Giant: You Can’t Keep a Good Ship Down

We’ve all heard of the Titanic and the Exxon Valdez. The story of the tanker than was once known as the Seawise Giant is much less familiar, although it’s every bit as memorable. The largest ship ever built—she was nearly twice as long as the Titanic—actually sank, only to rise up from the ocean floor [...]

The Late Giveaway: Science Tape!

If you want to distract people from the gift underneath the wrapping paper, this Science Tape from UncommonGoods is just what you need. We’ve got a roll to give away. To pick a winner, we’ll ask one mental_floss trivia question. Really obscure trivia. About the mental_floss staff. Let’s see who’s been paying attention. Or stalking. First [...]

Afternoon Giveaway: Ninjabread Men

Welcome to day two of our week of giveaways from UncommonGoods! Today you’re playing for a set of Ninjabread Men, which would certainly liven up your dessert table. How Can I Win? Tell us about the greatest present you’ve ever given someone—Christmas, birthday, graduation, a kidney, whatever. Make me wish that our relationship was at the [...]

Soccer FAIL

(Video Link) It’s Uzbekistan vs. Qatar in the 2010 Asian Games. First, the Uzbek goalie trips over his own feet. Then the Qatari forward misses an unopposed kick directly in front of the Uzbek goal. Then another Qatari player kicks the ball completely over the goal. And that’s in just ten seconds. via Ace of Spades [...]

Camel Racing

Camel racing is a popular Race sport in India, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar, United Arab Emirates (Dubai), Oman, Australia, and Mongolia. Professional camel racing, like horse racing, is an event for betting and tourist attraction. Camels can run at speeds up to 65 km/h (18 m/s; 40 mph) in short sprints and they [...]

Dietribes: Hummus Among Us

• While love may be the international language, the international love is the chickpea, or the Bengal gram (India), Chickpea (English), Garbanzo (Latin America), Hommes, Hamaz (Arab world), Nohud, Lablabi (Turkey), and Shimbra (Ethiopia), as its sometimes known. • Chickpeas are a high-protein legume, as well as providers of slow burning complex carbohydrates. They can also replenish [...]

6,600 Miles Away: Bahraini Artists

Reader Paul A. lives in Bahrain, part of a region whose artists have not yet been covered in “Feel Art Again.” While much less information is available (especially in English) on Bahraini artists (and artists from other small countries), I focused on Bahraini artists today because it’s important for us to remember that there are [...]