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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.

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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.

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…”

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.

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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.

50 Science Misconceptions

50 Science Misconceptions

The latest educational clip from Mental Floss debunks dozens of things we always thought were true. We were most disappointed to find out that the brontosaurus didn’t actually exist. Why? No brontosaurus burgers.

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