Ellen Gutoskey, Mental Floss

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Why Do We Say We’re “Feeling Under the Weather” When We’re Sick?

The modern meaning of ‘under the weather’ involves feeling physically sick. But it wasn’t always so. → Read More

How Lizzo Came to Play James Madison’s 200-Year-Old Crystal Flute During a D.C. Concert

“I want everybody to make some noise for James Madison’s crystal flute, y’all!” —Lizzo, international pop star and classical flautist. → Read More

Marvel’s New ‘Blade’ Movie Is Casting Extras in Cleveland

“This film takes place in a past time period,” the 'Blade' casting call reads, but it doesn’t specify which one. → Read More

NASA Is Crashing a Spacecraft Into an Asteroid Tonight—Here’s How to Watch It

The cameras documenting NASA’s DART mission are named LUKE and LEIA. → Read More

10 Old-Timey Terms for ‘Treat’ to Try Out This Halloween

Why say “Trick or treat!” this Halloween when you could shout “Trick or junkery!” instead? → Read More

The 15 Most Overpriced New Cars on the Market Right Now

Are new cars selling above their MSRP? Yes—and none more so than the Jeep Wrangler. → Read More

How Many Ants Are There in the World? Scientists Did the Math

The number of ants in the world is so large you’ll probably have trouble picturing it. → Read More

The 20 Most Polluted States in the U.S.

Unfortunately, Louisiana doesn’t have a region called “Cancer Alley” for nothing. → Read More

This Handy iPhone Shortcut Lets You Delete All Your Old Screenshots in One Go

Need to declutter your screenshots folder? This iPhone shortcut will do it for you. → Read More

The 15 Longest-Running Cast Members in ‘Saturday Night Live’ History

How long has Kenan Thompson been on 'SNL'? Nineteen seasons—and counting. → Read More

Coronation vs. Accession: What’s the Difference?

Prince Charles’s coronation won’t be for months. Yes, he’s already technically King Charles III. → Read More

8 Compelling Facts About Erik Larson’s ‘The Devil in the White City’

A Keanu Reeves-starring ‘Devil in the White City’ adaptation is in the works. Here are eight things to know about the book. → Read More

From ‘Adorkable’ to ‘Yeet’: 30 Words Merriam-Webster Just Added to the Dictionary

What does ‘yeet’ mean, anyway? Merriam-Webster now has a formal answer. → Read More

3 Easy Ways to Make a Box Cake Taste Homemade

These box cake hacks will have your party guests assuming you sprung for an extravagant bakery-made dessert. → Read More

Take a Virtual Tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Demolished Imperial Hotel

What was it like to stay in Frank Lloyd Wright’s Imperial Hotel? This video reimagines its grandeur. → Read More

Dolly Parton’s New ‘Doggy Parton’ Collection Features Pet Clothes, Accessories, and More

The ‘Puppy Love’ singer wants to make sure your pooch is the best dressed diva at any dog park. → Read More

What’s the Oldest City in America?

The oldest city in the U.S. predates Jamestown by more than 40 years. → Read More

The Most Popular Snack Food in Each U.S. State

Nearly half of all U.S. states seem to agree that Doritos is one of the best snack foods of all time. → Read More

Internet Misinformation Is Giving Spiders a Bad Rap, Study Shows

Don’t let misguided media sources compound your arachnophobia. → Read More

See What North Dakota’s Sunflower Fields Look Like in Full Bloom

North Dakota’s sunflower season is almost over, but these captivating photos and videos won’t fade. → Read More