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Women in Medicine: Dr. Emily Dunning Barringer

4 days agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

We’ve met some pretty impressive doctors so far in the Women in Medicine series. Emily Dunning Barringer was another early doctor who kicked it up a notch. Born in 1876, Emily Dunning came into a world in which women doctors were rare, but not unheard of. Show More Summary

10 Crazy Facts About Willie Nelson

4 days agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

The outlaw country king—and former Bible salesman—is turning 82 years old.

Superfan Creates Functional Iron Man Glove

4 days agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

Tony Stark may be a billionaire, but you don’t need his bank account to transform yourself into a superhero

Scoop Up This Free Comic on Saturday

4 days agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

Free Comic Book Day is this Saturday, and among the many freebies available at your local shop is the SuperMutant Magic Academy/Step Aside, Pops! combo from Drawn and Quarterly. The book, boasting dual covers, features samples from Kate...Show More Summary

12 Furry Facts About Red Pandas

5 days agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

Red pandas have always lived in the shadow of the other, more famous panda. But now it’s time to give the little guy its due.

The Birmingham Zoo is Looking for Their Missing Kookaburra

5 days agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

Birmingham Zoo's "celebrity" kookaburra, Gumby, is on the loose—and they need Alabama residents to be on the lookout. Gumby  is normally part of the zoo's  Schaeffer  Eye Center Wildlife Show, but the  bird was last seen yesterday at...Show More Summary

These 3D Printed Nests Make Homes for City Birds

5 days agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

Image Credit:  Printed Nest Not all birds build their own nests. Certain types of birds like to make their homes in holes in wood, but in a city or suburb, there’s often not enough wood to go around. In the absence of a hole in a tree,...Show More Summary

Watch Michael Jordan's Rookie of the Year Speech

5 days agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

On April 30, 1985, Michael Jordan accepted the NBA's Rookie of the Year honors. He averaged 28.2 points per game that season and led the Bulls to a playoff berth. The Jordan hype was heavy, even in his first year, but it's fair to say he had no trouble living up to it. Show More Summary

10 Latin Language References Hidden in 'Harry Potter'

5 days agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

“I cannot remember telling my parents that I was studying Classics,” J.K. Rowling said in a 2011 commencement speech at Harvard. “They might well have found out for the first time on graduation day.” Before this future novelist arrived...Show More Summary

Is Homesickness a Real Illness?

5 days agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

In the spring of 1838, French novelist and playwright Honoré de Balzac wrote a letter from Milan to his muse and future wife, Lady Ha?ska: “Dear, I have home-sickness! … I go and come without soul, without life, without the power to say what the matter is; and if I stay thus two weeks longer, I shall be dead.” Balzac wasn’t being melodramatic. Show More Summary

15 Things You Might Not Know About ‘Catch-22’

5 days agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

Joseph Heller’s 1961 war comedy Catch-22 is one of the most beloved novels of the 20th century, not to mention one of the funniest. Here are a few interesting bits of information about both how Heller’s story came to be and the legacy that it left behind.  1. Show More Summary

Color Your Feelings With the Psychology of Color Pencil Set

5 days agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

Just because we're grown ups doesn't mean we can't enjoy a good coloring session.  London organization The School of Life created these fun colored pencils for adults. On the side of each pencil, there's a mood or feeling where the name of the color might be. Show More Summary

Morning Cup of Links: Trees Gone Wild

5 days agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

13 Trees That Seriously Need To Get Their Act Together. They just want to keep growing and take over the world. A Few Facts You May Not Know About the Emmy Awards. Eddie Deezen serves up TV trivia. The Forgotten Supervillain of Antebellum Tennessee. Show More Summary

The Republic of Congo Just Burned 4.7 Metric Tons of Ivory

5 days agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

On Wednesday, as part of a four-day, Africa-wide conference to discuss a strategy to put an end to wildlife trafficking in fauna and flora on the continent, the government of the Republic of Congo burned the country’s entire stockpile...Show More Summary

In the Bunker: Adolf Hitler’s Last Day Alive

5 days agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

In late April 1945, chaos reigned in Berlin. Years of war had turned former superpower Germany into a battleground, and its cities from strongholds into places under siege. The Red Army had completely circled the city, which now called on elderly men, police, and even children to defend it. Show More Summary

15 Things You Might Not Know About 'Dexter's Laboratory'

5 days agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

Almost 20 years later, Dexter still hasn't invented a last name for himself.

This Tiny Robot Can Pull 2000 Times Its Weight

5 days agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

Image Credit: Karen Ladenheim via Biomimetics and Dexterous Manipulation Lab, Stanford University Stanford’s µTug robot doesn’t look like much, but the quarter-sized machine could put you to shame at the gym. Using adhesives inspired by geckos and ants, this little ‘bot can pull up to 2000 times its weight. Show More Summary

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