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How Did Humans Develop Lactose Tolerance?

The majority of the world’s people become lactose-intolerant as they mature into adulthood. The exceptions are mostly people of European ancestry, who continue to drink milk all their lives. Why? It’s a case of genetic mutation, in which an adult continues to produce lactase, the enzyme that digests the milk sugar lactose. But why did [...]

Fat and Furious Burger

Now this is art we can bite into! When French graphic designers Thomas and Quentin decided to play with their food, the end results are these creative burger creations as featured in their tumblr site Fat & Furious [...]

Fantastically Fun Burger Creations

Look out, it’s Crabzilla, filled with crab meat, lemon, lettuce, mango, oranges, and tomatoes. Not your style, well don’t worry, Thomas and Quentin of Fat and Furious are sure to have something that will impress both your tastebuds and your eyes, like the fancy Bun, James Bun below with gold tinfoil-wrapped patties, quail eggs, lettuce, [...]

Stanley the Train and Other Toys Launched into Space

You may have seen Stanley’s ascent to the stratosphere already, animated with appropriate reactions as Thomas’ buddy travels 18 miles into the sky then plummets back to the ground. (Ron Fugelseth’s train-launching project is “probably the coolest thing a dad can do,” according to Gizmodo. I’m inclined to agree.) But Stanley wasn’t the first toy [...]

How 11 Classic TV Stars Got Their Big Breaks

You never know which little role is going to lead to the first big one. Here are the defining moments that helped 11 stars of classic TV shows to land their first major breaks: 1. Mary Tyler Moore Mary Tyler Moore had fired the imagination of many TV-viewing young men in the late 1950s when she had [...]

The Only Footage of Mark Twain in Existence

Thomas Edison once said, “An average American loves his family. If he has any love left over for some other person, he generally selects Mark Twain.” Edison and Twain were close friends. In 1909, Edison visited Twain’s estate in Redding, CT and filmed the famous author. The silent footage is the only known recording of Twain [...]

Why Are the Best Competitive Eaters So Skinny?

ALLISON JOYCE/Reuters/Landov Mostly so they don’t die. In 2011, Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas won the first-ever Women’s Division of the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest by downing 40 dogs in one sitting. That’s 12,360 calories consumed in 10 minutes … not to mention 800 grams of fat, 1,400 milligrams of cholesterol, and 920 grams of [...]

6 Reasons People Gave Up Their Super Bowl Rings

Courtesy of SCP Auctions Former New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor’s ring from Super Bowl XXV fetched $230,401 in an auction over the weekend. Over the years, several athletes and at least one owner have relinquished ownership of their championship bling for various reasons. Here are some examples. 1. Because a Little Girl Made You In 2008, New [...]

Thomas Kuebler-Sculptor Of The Bizarre

Thomas Kuebler has some serious sculpting skills, and his life size sculptures are so eerily realistic that they appear to be sizing you up, waiting for the perfect opportunity to spring to life and make you jump right out of your skin. With gallery categories like Monsters & Madmen and Beggars & Freaks, this is one [...]

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 [...]