Sucked into the abyss that is Mental Floss

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Yes, it’s one of those days.  You know the kind that I am referring to.  The kind of day where you are at work, you have things that really need to be done, but . . . well, let’s just say that the productive side of you forgot to join the carpool this morning.

So, what do you do with the many hours you are stuck at your desk today?  Allow me to take your hand and gently pull you into the warm and comforting abyss that is  It is a dream of a time waster, and a nightmare to escape from, as article after article suck you in with their promises of interesting (and sometimes useless) knowledge.  It’s basically bathroom reading while sitting at your desk.  It is the more respectable champagne-drinking side of our favorite beer-drinking literary family member, Uncle John.

This is not, by far, my first post devoted to Mental Floss.  You can check out the others here, here, here, and here.  Happy reading, my friend.

  1. 8 odd things that were illegal in the 90’s
  2. The burglers that broke into the FBI
  3. 10 haunting documentaries that are stranger than fiction
  4. What exactly is wasabi?
  5. 22 heartwarming before and after photos of adopted dogs
  6. Surprising science: Dropping basketballs off a dam
  7. The sweetest ‘Sesame Street’ moment
  8. 6-year-old spelling bee contestant explains how to spell tricky words
  9. 40 excellent ‘E’ words to enlarge your vocabulary
  10. The story of American Sign Language
  11. 17 utterly charming articles on Scots Wikipedia
  12. 12 Delicious Pieces of Regional Pizza Slang
  13. 13 Variations on “Sex, Drugs, and Rock ‘n’ Roll” From Around the World
  14. 7 Puns That Make Sense in More Than One Language
  15. Scientists Want to Know If Cats Learn Accents From Their Owners
  16. What is Lorem Ipsum Filler Text?
  17. Learn to Sing Adele’s “Hello” in Latin
  18. A Higgledy-Piggledy Look at 12 Rare Reduplicative Words
  19. 15 Words You Didn’t Know Could Be Used As Verbs
  20. How the 5 Fingers Got Their Names

Until boredom and the determination to lack productivity strike again . . .


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