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Best Places to Watch a Solar Eclipse (in the Solar System)

Best Places to Watch a Solar Eclipse (in the Solar System)

The 2024 solar eclipse is a big deal here on Earth – especially if you’re in the path of totality. But are there better places to observe an eclipse? Well, if you leave our planet, things might get better… or worse. MinutePhysics takes us on a journey through our solar system to see what a solar eclipse might look like on other planets, non-planets, and asteroids.

Five EDC Faves from January 2024

Five EDC Faves from January 2024

Every week, Everyday Carry rounds up their favorite gear finds. This time, they’ve got some fantastic headphones from Master and Dynamic, sharp blades from Kansept and Vosteed, a futuristic flashlight from COAST Portland, and some sweet Field Notes journals to go with Blade HQ’s donut-inspired Dessert Warrior knife collection.

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20th Century Slang Terms

20th Century Slang Terms

If you can believe it, it’s been nearly 25 years since the 20th century ended. While we still use some slang terms from the era, others like “automobubble,” “skunky,” and “zozzled” have long since left our lexicon. Mental Floss looks back at slang of the 20th century in hopes we might start using some of these again. We still use “scofflaw” all the time.

Misconceptions About Animals

Misconceptions About Animals

Are sloths lazy? Are elephants afraid of mice? Can porcupines shoot their quills? In this video from Mental Floss, host Justin Dodd explores myths, misconceptions, and inaccuracies about 64 different animals. We’re just glad we’re not actually swallowing spiders in our sleep.

Old Time Insults

Old Time Insults

Have you run out of trash talk? Perhaps it’s time to dig into our past and dust off some old-timey insults like “rapscallion” and “blatherskate.” Erin from Mental Floss gives us the rundown on 16 of these classics we might be ready to bring back. Learn more about interesting words in the new book The Curious Compendium of Wonderful Words.

Kershaw’s Best Knives

Kershaw’s Best Knives

Kershaw makes some of the best and most reliable knives. If you’re seeking the best of the best, look no further than Everyday Carry’s feature on the 10 best Kershaw knives you can buy today. From the budget-friendly Kershaw CQC-6K folder, to the high-end Kershaw Lucha balisong, there’s lots of great blades to choose from.

The History of Classic Tongue-Twisters

The History of Classic Tongue-Twisters

Growing up, the tongue-twister that always got us was “The sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick.” Erin McCarthy from Mental Floss explains the origins of this classic and seven other tricky sentences created by cunning linguists to trip up our tongues. We’re wondering how many takes it took for Erin to get through all of these.

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Six Crazy Hoaxes

Six Crazy Hoaxes

If you can believe it, there was a brief moment when people thought spaghetti grew on trees. Erin from Mental Floss takes a look at this famous hoax along with a handful of others that were so well executed that the public was convinced of its truth. That lady who gave birth to bunnies, woah.

16 Curious TV Facts

16 Curious TV Facts

From the time Curb Your Enthusiasm gave a murder suspect an alibi to how Basil Fawlty was based on a real innkeeper, here are 16 facts about television shows that you probably didn’t know. Mental Floss shares a few interesting tidbits from The Curious Viewer, their new book packed with obscure TV trivia.

10 Long Lost Treasures

10 Long Lost Treasures

From fabled stashes of pirate’s booty to irreplaceable reels of film and works of art, there are some very special treasures waiting out there to be discovered. Join Mental Floss editor and host Erin McCarthy as she gets out her shovel and digs for some of the world’s most elusive artifacts.

Misconceptions About Flying

Misconceptions About Flying

Would firing a bullet inside of an airplane really cause explosive decompression? Could an airplane’s toilet suck your intestines out? Does autopilot fly a plane all by itself? Mental Floss host Justin Dodd takes a look at these and other myths and mistaken beliefs about flight.

18 Forbidden Places

18 Forbidden Places

From the vault that holds Coca-Cola’s secret recipe to the Brazilian island covered with venomous snakes, there are some places where humans just aren’t supposed to go. In this episode of Mental Floss‘ List Show, editor Erin McCarthy explores through some of these unusual places that you can never visit.

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Facts About LEGO Bricks

Facts About LEGO Bricks

Mental Floss trivia maven John Green is here to regale us with 26 random tidbits about everyone’s favorite plastic building blocks. We’re betting that original UCS Millennium Falcon just lost a whole lot of its resale value.

Facts About Rock Bands

Facts About Rock Bands

Mental Floss‘ John Green expounds on some of the many strange and random bits of trivia about famous rock musicians. We’re wondering what ever happened to those stolen Green Day recordings, and in case you were wondering – here’s an excerpt from that Foo Fighters’ rider.

24 Ridiculous Lawsuits

24 Ridiculous Lawsuits

Subway’s footlongs were actually lessthanafootlongs, a man sued himself to get free money and a woman thought Frozen was based on her life. All that and more in Mental Floss List Show’s rundown of absurd and frivolous lawsuits.

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