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The History of Gummy Bears

The History of Gummy Bears

We love us some gummy bears. There’s something so perfect about their chewy texture, fruity flavors, and adorable form that makes them special. Mental Floss series Food History looks back at the origins and evolution of the tasty candy treat, which first took their bear-shaped form in the 1920s in Germany.

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.

8 Lost Explorers

8 Lost Explorers

If you don’t know what you’re doing, you can easily get lost in the woods. Serious explorers know how to navigate with as little as the sun, stars, or wind. Still, it’s possible for even the greatest explorers to become lost and never found again, as Erin at Mental Floss explains.

The History of Chocolate

The History of Chocolate

Chocolate has been one of the world’s favorite confections for thousands of years. But it hasn’t always been the sweet treat we know and love today. Mental Floss host Justin Dodd takes us through the earliest known uses of cacao beans, and explains the process that turns it into chocolate.

Misconceptions About Dogs

Misconceptions About Dogs

You may have heard that dogs only see in black and white, or that one dog year equals seven human years. Both of those are untrue. Mental Floss host Justin Dodd looks at those and other misconceptions about our canine pals, and sets us straight on the facts.

Facts About Time

Facts About Time

Time isn’t as simple as what shows up on your phone’s screen. Erin McCarthy of Mental Floss offers up a number of interesting tidbits about the nature of time, how humans perceive its passage, how space and time relate, and the different ways of measuring time itself.

The History of French Fries

The History of French Fries

We love us some nice crispy French fries. Mental Floss host Justin Dodd digs into the origins of this fast food staple, its varieties, and why it’s become one of the most popular side dishes on earth. Along the way, you’ll enjoy a snack of potato chips and Tater Tots.

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.

The History of Hot Sauce

The History of Hot Sauce

We love using hot sauce to add a kick to many foods. Chili flavored sauces have been around for thousands of years, and Mental Floss‘ Food History explains where these spicy condiments likely originated as well as some of their varieties. Along the way, you’ll learn why peppers are spicy in the first place.

Weird Old Predictions

Weird Old Predictions

While many considered Nikolai Tesla to be a genius, he also had some pretty outlandish ideas, like the notion that we would stop drinking coffee by the 21st century. Mental Floss editor Erin McCarthy explores this and a number of other wacky predictions that have yet to come true, among them, undersea buses propelled by whales.

Misconceptions About Vikings

Misconceptions About Vikings

Mention the word “Vikings” and it conjures up images of burly warriors with horned helmets, laying waste to all who stood in their way. But as Justin from Mental Floss explains, most modern conceptions about these feared Norsemen are totally wrong.

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100 Facts About Earth

100 Facts About Earth

Did you know that the sunlight you’re looking at now is 8-minutes old? Or that the most common maps completely distort the relative size of countries? Mental Floss Editor-in-Chief Erin McCarthy digs into these and plethora of other facts about our planet in this extensive trivia video.

Middle Ages Misconceptions

Middle Ages Misconceptions

You might assume that most people in the middle ages thought the earth was flat, but it turns out many of them already knew the earth was round. Mental Floss host Justin Dodd explores this misconception and a few others about medieval times.

Cryptids Explained

Cryptids Explained

Sasquatch, the Loch Ness Monster, Chupacabra, and the Mongolian Death Worm all have one thing in common. Their existence is highly questionable. This category of elusive creatures is known as “cryptids,” and Erin from Mental Floss is here to walk us through more than 20 of these likely imaginary beasts.

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.

Unlikely Song Origins

Unlikely Song Origins

From Elton John’s Rocket Man to Bonnie Tyler’s Total Eclipse of the Heart, many popular songs found their inspirations in unexpected places. Mental Floss Editor-in-Chief Erin McCarthy digs into a dozen tunes which didn’t just pop into songwriter’s heads, but came from unusual sources.

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.

Facts About Farts

Facts About Farts

Flatulation is one of those rare forces of nature that’s both essential and the source of endless giggles. From the first fart joke ever told to the composition of your flatus, Mental Floss editor Erin McCarthy is here to school us on the finer points of our bodies’ gaseous emissions.

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Experiments Gone Wrong

Experiments Gone Wrong

The core of the Scientific Method is the experiment. But not every hypothesis pans out, and failure is always an option. The Mental Floss List Show looks back at 14 times when tests failed spectacularly, including McDonald’s bubble gum flavored broccoli, which surprisingly isn’t the grossest thing on the list.

Facts about the Human Body

Facts about the Human Body

Did you know that humans are the only animals with chins? Or that the bones in our hands and feet account for half the bones in our body? What about the fact that we glow? Learn all that and more in Mental Floss’ List Show.

Old-Timey Medical Cures

Old-Timey Medical Cures

Mental Floss lists some of the hilarious, gross, ineffective and outright counterproductive cures that were prescribed or probably made up in old times. The list includes cigarettes, cocaine, morphine, and even dead bodies.

Game of Thrones: BTS Trivia

Game of Thrones: BTS Trivia

Did you know that the actor who played Ramsey Bolton in Game of Thrones was almost cast as Jon Snow? Or that only 5 episodes in the entire series has no one being killed? Learn all that and more in Mental Floss’ behind-the-scenes trivia on Game of Thrones.

Animal Myths Debunked

Animal Myths Debunked

Did you know that there’s no such thing as an alpha wolf? How about the fact that the Tyrannosaurus Rex actually had great eyesight? Or that female dogs also hump? Learn all that and more in Mental Floss’ animal list show.

Inexplicable Common Things

Inexplicable Common Things

Want to go down in history? You don’t need to solve an obscure problem. Mental Floss’ List Show enumerates 19 common topics that science hasn’t fully figured out, including laughing, hiccups, ice skates, and of course the common cold.

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