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Items Dropped on New Year’s Eve

Items Dropped on New Year’s Eve

Not to be outdone by New York City, these cities drop items of their own, from a pair of pants, bologna and er, a playing card. A few others raise things instead of dropping them. Now you can drop knowledge on New Year’s Eve.

The History & Future of Everything

The History & Future of Everything

Did you know that it’s more likely for a T-rex to eat Miley Cyrus than a Stegosaurus? That and more – a lot more – in this concise outline of the major events in the past and future by Kurzgesagt and Wait But Why!

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This Video Will Hurt

This Video Will Hurt

CGP Grey starts out by messing with our heads, then moves on to explore the idea of the “nocebo effect” – a psychological effect which makes people experience pain, discomfort and other symptoms from non-existent causes.

Amazing Mind-Blowing Facts 4

Amazing Mind-Blowing Facts 4

ASAPScience returns with another helping of profound trivia. Learn how it’s literally impossible to live in the present, how unborn babies have their mom’s back and that some days can really be hot as balls. Yep, those balls.

What Cellular Signals Look Like

What Cellular Signals Look Like

With the help of experts on wireless networks, Nickolay Lamm made mockups visualizing cellular signals. Apparently the signals’ colors change rapidly and constantly, so we’re really lucky that we don’t see them.

26 Interesting Facts About Beer

26 Interesting Facts About Beer

Mental Floss’ John Green works from his remote office at Indianapolis’ Sun King Brewery to teach us a thing or two we never knew about our brew, and to set us straight on a few things we had wrong. Also, U.S. Presidents really like beer.

Soda Ninja Swipe

Soda Ninja Swipe

Normally, if you shake up a bottle of soda and then open it, you end up with a big mess to clean up. But if you carefully follow The King of Random’s instructions, you’ll soon be opening your bottles like a true soda master.

NPR: How T-shirts Are Made

NPR: How T-shirts Are Made

NPR’s Planet Money made a series of short videos to show us the technology, the places and most importantly the people that make mass-produced t-shirts. You can watch the whole series on NPR, Vimeo and YouTube.

3D Printing 101

3D Printing 101

In case you haven’t noticed, 3D printers – and scanners – are quickly becoming more affordable and easier to use. If you’d like to know more about the technology, check out this great primer by ASAP Science.

What is Aging?

What is Aging?

Humans accept the idea that we’ll grow old and die. But some animals are resistant or immune to aging, so perhaps growing old isn’t so natural after all. Learn more in this primer by Joao Pedro de Magalhaes and PHD Comics.

Gravity Visualized

Gravity Visualized

Professor Dan Burns uses a sheet of spandex, some bearings, marbles and weights to demonstrate the basic principles of gravity, and how planetary orbits were established. It’s how to play with the fabric of space, literally.

Soda/Pop/Coke

Soda/Pop/Coke

The Atlantic’s “visual remix” of the results of the 2003 Harvard Dialect Survey, which mapped out the different accents and expressions used in the different states in the US. You guys/you lot/y’all call that varied?

Why Are Bad Words Bad?

Why Are Bad Words Bad?

Michael from Vsauce explains what makes a swear word a swear word. Awesomer head cheese Paul Strauss has lived in three of the top five swearingest states – so it’s no wonder he gets his mouth washed out with Lifebuoy weekly.

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The Door to Hell

The Door to Hell

The SciShow explains how the Darvaza Gas Crater, more famously known as the Door to Hell, came to be. It turns out the burning hole is not entirely natural in origin, but was brought to life by accident and desperation.

25 Facts About Thanksgiving

25 Facts About Thanksgiving

Mental Floss dishes out little known facts about the popular American holiday. Actually it’s more like a Thanksgiving episode of Mythbusters, revealing that many things associated with the holiday are entirely false or unfounded.

The Story of the Bass

The Story of the Bass

Collective Cadenza gives us a concise history of the bass guitar, with none other than the group’s co-founder Michael Thurber handling the instrument’s various incarnations. A lesson as entertaining as it is educational.

The Squinch

The Squinch

Photographer Peter Hurley offers advice to make you look more photogenic. He calls it squinching – a bit of squinting and then pinching your eyelids together. Remember, unless you’re James Franco or Clint Eastwood, never go full squint.

The Chemistry of Cookies

The Chemistry of Cookies

We love warm chocolate chip cookies. But have you ever taken time out to understand what’s going on inside your oven while they’re baking? TED-Ed schools us on the science behind cookies. We’re setting our ovens to 356° from now on.

Open Cans With Your Bare Hands

Open Cans With Your Bare Hands

Crazy Russian Hacker shows us a very handy way to open a canned good without using a can opener. The only tools you need are your hands and a hard surface such as a concrete floor. Skip to 0:45 in the video for the trick.

Unintended Scientific Discoveries

Unintended Scientific Discoveries

If necessity is the mother of invention, human error must be its drunk uncle. Mental Floss presents 24 popular or revolutionary products and concepts that were discovered entirely by accident, from penicillin to plastic.

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10 Technologies That Will Kill us All

10 Technologies That Will Kill us All

TechRadar explores two handfuls of modern technologies which are both awesome – and potentially deadly. While some of the inventions give us pause, we’re not too worried about being devoured by a swarm of nanobots.

The World’s Cycling City

The World’s Cycling City

A short documentary by Streetfilms about Groningen. It’s a city in the Netherlands where people are encouraged to commute using bicycles, thanks to policies enacted during the 1970s and the cooperation of its citizens.

The Operating System of Life

The Operating System of Life

George Zaidan and Charles Morton teach us about biochemistry using a tiny robot factory which illustrates how all living organisms are created from the same basic building blocks. View the full lesson here. Animation by Pew36.

The Ping Pong Knife Trick Explained

The Ping Pong Knife Trick Explained

Remember the daring carnival trick involving ping pong paddles, a girl and knives? Viral video vigilante Captain Disillusion reveals that the video has two more crucial ingredients: visual effects and a piece of string.

Origins of Superstitions

Origins of Superstitions

Mental Floss’ List Show explains the history behind 32 superstitions as well as customs and expressions with nonsensical origins. Thank the FSM for the scientific method, otherwise we’d still be wishing for birds to poop on us.

True Facts About the CuttleFish

True Facts About the CuttleFish

“Imagine trying to move by vomiting out of giant straw and flapping your skirt around very fast – that is how a cuttlefish do.” That’s just one of the many weird facts you’ll learn from Zefrank’s flick about this odd little cephalopod.

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