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Bank Robber Angrily Returns to Bank after Discovering That the Teller Tricked Him

After departing the bank, the robber realized that the teller had not actually given him $20,000 in cash. Not one to tolerate bad customer service, he returned, presumably to lodge a complaint: As officers were responding, Bundrage discovered the teller had not given him the full $20,000. Officers found him standing at the front door attempting to [...]

11 Amazing Reader-Submitted Air Travel Facts

Last month, while Jason was flying home from Chicago, he asked readers to submit their most amazing facts related to air travel. We’ve combed through the submissions, fact-checked our favorites, and picked 11 winners. The winners will be contacted via e-mail so they can receive the mental_floss T-shirts of their choice. And the winners are… Amy Gardner McNeal: Seventy-five [...]

The Founder of Mother’s Day Later Fought to Have It Abolished

Years after she founded Mother’s Day, Anna Jarvis was dining at the Tea Room at Wanamaker’s department store in Philadelphia. She saw they were offering a “Mother’s Day Salad.” She ordered the salad and when it was served, she stood up, dumped it on the floor, left the money to pay for it, and walked [...]

The Founder of Mother’s Day Later Tried to Abolish It

Years after she founded Mother’s Day, Anna Jarvis was dining at the Tea Room at Wanamaker’s department store in Philadelphia. She saw they were offering a “Mother’s Day Salad.” She ordered the salad and when it was served, she stood up, dumped it on the floor, left the money to pay for it, and walked [...]

Three Amazing Cup and Ball Illusions

Cups and ball tricks are one of the oldest and most well-known illusions for good reason. They leave a lot of room for variation and – when done correctly – are still amazing and baffling to watch. Here are a few brilliantly executed routines: Tommy Wonder’s audience is only inches away and still can’t follow his sleight [...]

Starting Tonight: Penn & Teller Tell a Lie

Tune in live tonight (Wednesday, October 5) at 10pm ET/PT for Penn & Teller’s new series: Penn & Teller Tell a Lie on Discovery. In this slightly shaky video from Comic Con, you can see Teller talk (!) about the upcoming series: There’s a longer preview video after the jump. It’s Like MythBusters, But With [...]

6 Magicians Who Died While Performing The Bullet Catch

Is it possible for a human being to catch a speeding bullet in his mouth? For centuries, magicians have been convincing audiences that it is. Whether the bullet catch is an illusion or the result of lightning-fast reflexes, it definitely comes with a fatal risk. Since its introduction in the late 1500s, many magicians have [...]

Night of the Little Dead

(YouTube link) We don’t yet know a lot about the movie Night of the Little Dead, except that it stars Penn Jillette (of Penn and Teller) and Adam Savage (of Mythbusters), but that is enough to make me want to see it! Link

The Indian Rope Trick

YouTube link. In order not to spoil the illusion for first-time viewers, I won’t offer an explanation here in the text. Someone can add in the comments a note about the obvious “defect” that appears in this classic video. Those interested in this subject may also want to view Penn and Teller’s report on the illusion. Via Reddit.

The Quick 10: 10 Bizarre Video Games

Everyone knows the video game classics – you can’t go wrong with Mario, Zelda, or Donkey Kong. But there are some games out there that make you really wonder what the publisher was thinking when they green-lighted the idea. Although, to be fair, a couple of plumbers wandering around in a fantasy world jumping down [...]