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Facts About Shopping Malls

Facts About Shopping Malls

For their latest episode of Scatterbrained, Mental Floss offers up a number of interesting tidbits about shopping centers, which were once the epicenter of American shopping but have dramatically changed in the years since the advent of big box and online commerce.

A Few Facts About Language

A Few Facts About Language

Mental Floss explores a bunch of tidbits and trivia about language, including some of the many quirks of English, how dictionaries work, and a serious polyglot – a man who claims to speak over fifty languages. That “whether” or “if” thing always trips us up.

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21 Things that Turned 21 in 2017

21 Things that Turned 21 in 2017

The older you get, the more the years coalesce into one blob we call “the past.” But Mental Floss wants us to know exactly how ancient we’ve become with this list of things that happened or started 21 years ago, including Google, Space Jam, and A Song of Ice and Fire.

Facts About Koalas

Facts About Koalas

Did you know that koalas have been around 100 times longer than humans? Mental Floss fills our brains with trivia about those adorable eucalyptus-loving marsupials. They may not be as pleasant to hang out with as you might think, but we want a giant koala anyhow.

Alcohol Name Origins

Alcohol Name Origins

Mental Floss takes a break from sobriety and digs into their booze cabinet to school us on some 30 different liquors, and where their names came from. While many are obviously named after their creators, others have truly obscure origins.

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 the Wild West

Facts About the Wild West

Most of what we know about America’s “Wild West” we learned from Deadwood and Hell on Wheels. But as Mental Floss‘ John Green teaches us, there’s lots of other stuff that movie and TV tropes typically leave out. Robot camels on Westworld sounds like a fun idea.

Facts About Unique Architecture

Facts About Unique Architecture

From iconic museums to a bed and breakfast shaped like a dog, Mental Floss trivia master John Green welcomes us to the salon to school us on some truly strange and wonderful structures worth visiting around the globe. Also, we just love to say the word “googie.”

Facts About the Ocean

Facts About the Ocean

Master of trivia John Green presents a look at some of the many things you may not have know about our world’s largest bodies of water, in one of the more humbling episodes of Mental Floss‘ list show. Can you imagine seeing icebergs off the Florida coastline?

Facts About Volcanoes

Facts About Volcanoes

Volcanoes and lightning working together? No thanks. Mental Floss‘ John Green returns to the salon to share some interesting and unusual tidbits about the fury and mystery of nature’s fiery earthmaking engines. Also, they really should think about renaming Iceland “Fire and Iceland.”

Facts about NASA

Facts about NASA

Did you know that NASA wants to make an asteroid orbit the Moon so that astronauts can explore it? Or that it helped create The Learning Channel? Or that it had its budget cut multiple times? Okay maybe that last one isn’t a secret. More in Mental Floss’ video.

Myths about Blindness

Myths about Blindness

The vast majority of legally blind people don’t use Braille. Miniature horses are great alternatives to guide dogs. People who are totally blind don’t see black, they see nothing at all. All that and more in one of Mental Floss’ most fascinating and informative videos so far.

Amazing Elderly Accomplishments

Amazing Elderly Accomplishments

Did you know that the oldest person to complete the Ironman triathlon was an 82-year-old nun? Or that a woman got her master’s degree when she was 98? How about a teacher who’s literally a hundred years old? All that and more in Mental Floss’ List Show.

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The Origins of US City Names

The Origins of US City Names

Did you know that Memphis is named after an Egyptian city? Or that Atlanta used to have the badass name Terminus? All that and more in Mental Floss’ trivia about the origins of US city names. Mr. Green, say it with us: “Gua-da-lu-pe.”

Weird, Discontinued Products

Weird, Discontinued Products

Mental Floss examines a number of bizarre, superflous, stupid, and downright awful products, some of which we can’t believe were ever made in the first place. On the other hand, we still want an HP-01 watch.

Odd and Surprising Stats

Odd and Surprising Stats

Proving that pretty much anything can be turned into a compelling sounding statistic, Mental Floss walks us through 46 wacky and weird stats. According to our statisticians, 36% of you aren’t actually reading this sentence.

Amazing Nerdcations

Amazing Nerdcations

Mental Floss’ List Show points out some of the world’s most intellectuallly stimulating tourist destinations, including the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the Atacama Desert in Chile and its starry night skies, and the otaku paradise known as Akihabara in Tokyo.

Famous Homes with Amazing Features

Famous Homes with Amazing Features

Mental Floss gives us a quick tour of the cribs of the powerful, rich and famous and the unique amenities therein, such as the Playboy Mansion’s redwood forest, the Winchester House’s secret passages and William Hearst’s telephone-filled estate.

Facts about New York City

Facts about New York City

Did you know that it would literally take you an entire day to ride all of New York City’s subway lines? Or that Wall Street was named after an actual wall? All that and more in Mental Floss’ episode about the Big Apple.

Facts about Tea

Facts about Tea

Did you know that tea is second only to water as the world’s most favorite drink? How about the fact that some British tanks have provisions for brewing tea? Or that tea sommeliers exist? All that and more in Mental Floss’ video.

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Facts About James Bond

Facts About James Bond

For its latest list show, Mental Floss teaches us a number of things we didn’t know about James Bond and the actors who played him over the years – like the fact that the trademark James Bond theme music might have never been, had a certain musical ever been staged.

Facts about the Internet

Facts about the Internet

Did you know that Wi-Fi wasn’t originally an acronym but a pun on Hi-Fi? How about the fact that most Americans who are online are browsing Facebook? Or that it’s faster to say World Wide Web than WWW? All those and more in this Mental Floss episode.

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.

Facts about Bob Ross

Facts about Bob Ross

Did you know that there could have been a Bob Ross game for the Nintendo Wii and DS? Or that Bob didn’t actually like his afro? How about the fact that he could finish taping one season of his show in two days? All that and more in Mental Floss’ latest List Show.

Facts about Friendship

Facts about Friendship

Did you know that on average, you’ll lose half of your friends every 7 years? But don’t worry, because you’re also bound to gain the same number of new buddies. All that and more in Mental Floss’ episode about the science of friendship.

Misconceptions about Sports

Misconceptions about Sports

Did you know that hockey was not invented in Canada? Or that the black belt is not always the highest rank in martial arts? All that in more in Mental Floss’ final Misconceptions episode. Boooo!

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