World’s Strangest

Your source for the strangest things around!
Ads

9 Things Everyone Should Know About North Dakota

Everyone gives North Dakota a hard time. Well, some people in Montana and South Dakota do. People in states farther away can’t name a single thing about it. But we should all give this place more respect. It might be cold, it might have long and tedious roads, and it might not even be a [...]

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 [...]

The Late Movies: Awesome & Elaborate Marriage Proposals

About a week ago, a guy named Jamin proposed to his girlfriend Valerie at Downtown Disney with a Marvels Dance Company flash mob. The video, showing both the flash mob and Valerie’s reactions, quickly shot around the Internet, racking up more than 610,000 views in just one week. After we watched the video, we started [...]

Gratefuler

It kind of gets you right here to see the manliest men in history putting a pen to paper to express their soft side. We saw that in Teddy Roosevelt’s diary entry not long ago. On a happier subject, here’s a note that Samuel Clemens (also known as Mark Twain) wrote to his wife Olivia [...]

The Stories Behind 6 Famous Slogans

Though some of the greatest advertising slogans in history seem relatively simple (“Just Do It” is only three words, after all), most of the time, they’re anything but. Here’s how six of the most enduring taglines came to be. 1. “Just Do It.” The famous Nike slogan came from a rather unlikely source – spree killer [...]

The Stories Behind Six Slogans

Though some of the greatest advertising slogans in history seem relatively simple (“Just Do It” is only three words, after all), most of the time, they’re anything but. Here’s how six of the most enduring taglines came to be. 1. “Just Do It.” The famous Nike slogan came from a rather unlikely source – spree killer [...]

History, Celebrity, and Literary Dolls

Debbie Ritter at Uneek Doll Designs captures real people in doll form in a way in which anyone would recognize them. Each is hand-painted one at a time, and the selection is incredible! Where else could you get a doll that looks like Percy Shelley or Willie Nelson or Teddy Roosevelt? Pictured here are Thomas [...]

On the Money: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Coin Portraits

During America’s infancy, the government didn’t want to put President George Washington or any of the Founding Fathers on U.S. currency. Since government-issued coins had first appeared in the world, it was common for the faces of kings, queens and emperors to appear on them. The Founders had just gotten a constitutional republic up and [...]

The Number of the Day: 100

Gillette has created what they believe to be the world’s smallest advertisements. The ads – which measure less than 100 microns in size – were written onto actual male hairs using an electron microscope. Related Fact: Later in life, razor mogul King Camp Gillette became a strong proponent of utopian socialism and planned a community [...]

How Teddy Roosevelt Ended up With Abe Lincoln’s Hair

John Hay, Lincoln’s private secretary and assistant, was as devastated as the rest of the nation when his friend was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth in 1865. He wanted a memento to remember Lincoln by and paid $100 for six strands of hair removed from the President’s head during his autopsy. He later had one [...]