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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.

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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!

Interesting Facts about Love

Interesting Facts about Love

When speaking with someone you like, look them in the eye. If they’re female and their eyes dilate when they’re talking to you, you might have a shot. If you end up together, kiss her in the morning to save your life. All that and more in Mental Floss’ video.

Facts About Jim Henson

Facts About Jim Henson

Mental Floss shares trivia about the multitalented Jim Henson and his creations, such as why he kept his beard, his dream of ending the Cold War and how he arrived at his college graduation in a Rolls-Royce that he purchased with his puppet show earnings.

Fascinating Sports Facts

Fascinating Sports Facts

Did you know that Hall of Famer Hoyt Wilhelm, who spent 20 years in MLB, hit his only home run on his first time at bat? Or that college football coaches make bank? Okay we already knew about the latter, but Mental Floss has more sports trivia.

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.

26 Fun Facts About Money

26 Fun Facts About Money

Mental Floss fills us in on a bunch of trivia we never knew about our cash, from the earliest forms of currency, to the least valuable bills, to what money stays the cleanest, and where to find an ATM in Antarctica.

Facts About Inventors & Inventions

Facts About Inventors & Inventions

Did you know that the upside down squeeze bottle wasn’t invented until 1991? And that electric guitar designer Leo Fender – creator of the Telecaster, Stratocaster and more – never learned to play the guitar? All that and more on this episode of the List Show.

Misconceptions about Video Games

Misconceptions about Video Games

Mental Floss debunks myths about video games, from it being primarily a children’s hobby to making gamers violent or desensitized to violence. And no, blowing into cartridges doesn’t really work and could actually damage the cart.

Misconceptions about the USA

Misconceptions about the USA

Did you know that Uncle Sam was a real person? Or that while Minnesota is known for its lakes, Alaska actually trumps it with over 3,000,000 lakes? Learn about those trivia and more in Mental Floss’ Independence Day special.

51 Astounding Animal Facts

51 Astounding Animal Facts

Did you know that panthers don’t exist? Or that dead jellyfish can still sting? Or that 80% of koalas have chlamydia? Learn all of that and more from Mental Floss’ List Show. Damn, koalas. Check yourself before you wreck yourself.

Bad Business Decisions

Bad Business Decisions

Mental Floss looks at some of the worst moves in the history of business. From idiotic CEO moves to missed opportunities to hubris, its proof that senior management generally suck at their jobs. We’re surprised they skipped New Coke.

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Misconceptions from the Internet

Misconceptions from the Internet

After setting us straight on common television misconceptions, Mental Floss is back to educate us on some of the many things people have been led to believe thanks to the *ahem* always reliable Internet.

Misconceptions from Television

Misconceptions from Television

Mental Floss busts some of the common occurrences in crime and medical TV shows that won’t actually work as often or at all in real life, from escaping through air ducts to restarting someone’s heart with a defibrillator.

30 More Life Hacks Tested

30 More Life Hacks Tested

John Green of Mental Floss once again shows us that not every “life hack” we find on the internet is worth doing, and while many do sort of work, there are often easier ways to accomplish the same or better end result.

Thanksgiving Food Facts

Thanksgiving Food Facts

Your stomach’s probably bursting from your Thanksgiving feast, but leave some room for Mental Floss’ generous serving of trivia, from the ubiquity of corn to the average American’s above average turkey consumption.

26 Facts About Halloween

26 Facts About Halloween

Mental Floss runs down a bunch of not-so-scary tidbits we’re pretty sure you didn’t know about Halloween. We’re just glad we no longer have to carve gourd, turnip and beet jack-o-lanterns. Also, John Green needs a serious costume makeover.

30 Unusual Wills

30 Unusual Wills

The guys at Mental Floss explore some of the stranger things that people have requested happen with their belongings when they passed on. Clearly, some were well-intentioned, while many just wanted the last laugh.

How Do You Make Decaf Coffee?

How Do You Make Decaf Coffee?

The short answer? You don’t. Or rather, you can’t. Current decaffeination methods can’t extract all of the caffeine from coffee beans, which means if you want to stay caffeine-free you have to give up coffee completely.

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Amusement Park Facts

Amusement Park Facts

Let Mental Floss amuse you with trivia about amusement parks, including an establishment that missed the point of bumper cars, the crazy cost of the Jurassic Park ride and more. Also the infamous Action Park is back in business.

Famous People Missing Body Parts

Famous People Missing Body Parts

In recognition of Limb Loss Awareness Month, Mental Floss guest host and Paralympic skier Josh Sundquist educates us on celebrities, athletes, and historical figures who lived through the loss of limbs or other body parts.

26 Truths About Children’s TV

26 Truths About Children’s TV

Mental Floss’ John Green fills us in on a variety of tidbits and odd facts behind the kids’ shows we all know and love. They really should bring Schoolhouse Rock back – with actual rock bands. And Whoopass Girls was a great name.

Inaccuracies in Science Illustrations

Inaccuracies in Science Illustrations

Mental Floss reminds us that some of the scientific illustrations we’ve come to know are far from accurate, from the atomic model to the ubiquitous world map. Bonus fact: Vsauce Michael can stay on topic for an entire lesson.

29 Misconceptions About Alcohol

29 Misconceptions About Alcohol

Who better to host an episode of Mental Floss about booze than our old pal Hannah Hart, who you may remember from her drunken mischief on My Drunk Kitchen. Here, she sets us straight on some myths about beer, wine and liquor.

33 Fascinating Songwriting Stories

33 Fascinating Songwriting Stories

This special episode of Mental Floss is hosted by The Gregory Brothers, and schools us on some of the wonderful and unlikely stories behind popular song lyrics over the years. “Scrambled eggs. Oh my, baby how I love your legs…”

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