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15 Dad Facts for Father’s Day

A few years ago, we asked some of our favorite mental_floss writers to send us their favorite dad-related facts and stories for our newsletter. Here are 15 you can use around the grill today. 1. Halsey Taylor invented the drinking fountain as a tribute to his father, who succumbed to typhoid fever after drinking from a [...]

Murderer Caught Because He Had the Murder Scene Tattooed on His Chest

In retrospect, it may have been a bad idea for Anthony Garcia to commemorate his first killing by having it inscribed on his chest. When a LA County homicide investigator was later looking through pictures of gang members, he noticed something important: Each key detail was right there: the Christmas lights that lined the roof of [...]

4 Public Works of Art Gone Terribly Wrong

by Elizabeth Lunday 1. Diego Rivera’s “Man at the Crossroads” The Moral: Never hire a communist to do a capitalist’s job. During the Great Depression, Mexican artist Diego Rivera was on a roll. In 1931, he painted a massive mural for San Francisco’s Pacific Stock Exchange. And by 1933, he’d completed two more enormous murals of Ford’s assembly [...]

Thief Identified Through His Turd

This has got to be one of the strangest police investigations ever. Detectives in Valencia County, New Mexico, identified a possible suspect by extracting DNA from a very unusual piece of evidence left by the thief: his own turd! “He ate their food and drank the drinks they had,” said Valencia County Sheriff Rene Rivera. The thief [...]