How they made the most famous exploding head in internet's history

If you have been on the internet for at least a few months, you probably came across a version of the animated GIF above. You may be wondering a) where the hell does this exploding head come from or b) how the hell did they do it. The answer to a) is David Cronenberg's Scanners—and here's the answer to b: » 7/11/14 8:14pm Yesterday 8:14pm

Periodic table alarm clock lets you see atomic numbers at a glance

University of Nottingham's chemistry professor Martyn Poliakoff says that most chemists don't know the atomic number of most elements and that it's a pain to look in the periodic table. That's why alarm clock is his favorite gadget: "The first periodic table that you lets you see an element's atomic number without… » 7/11/14 8:54am Yesterday 8:54am

This is why you should only drink water with impurities

It may sound like a good idea to drink the purest water you can find, but as this video explains, that is not actually the case. Ultra pure water has no impurities—so absolutely no taste and who wants that—but also in large quantities it will harm and even kill you because it will leach the minerals from your body. » 7/10/14 10:16pm Thursday 10:16pm

10 tricks that famous movie directors use as their trademark

With some directors, you can immediately tell you're watching a movie they directed just by looking at a still frame without any context. There's a visual style they stamp on their films, a certain special effect they like, a narrative preference they utilize, basically, a trademark they have. WatchMojo came up with a… » 7/10/14 9:47pm Thursday 9:47pm

Scientist find that 80 percent of all light in the Universe is missing

According to observations made by the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph on board the Hubble Space Telescope, the Universe is missing 80 percent of all its light. Astronomers are completely baffled: "We still don't know for sure what it is, but at least one thing we thought we knew about the present day universe isn't true." » 7/10/14 7:24pm Thursday 7:24pm

Astronomers discover farthest stars in the mysterious Milky Way halo

A team of astronomers led by John Bochanski has found the farthest stars in our galaxy in the mysterious Milky Way halo, a rare discovery that may change our understanding of the formation of our galactic home. They're so far away that, if you took a photo of the Milky Way from their orbit, it would look like the… » 7/10/14 11:22am Thursday 11:22am

Debunking 20 common misconceptions about sex

Maybe you consider yourself a maestro in the bedroom or a lion in the sheets or think that you don't need no stinking advice about sex. But do you really know what you're doing? Do you really have all your info right? Mental Floss decides to debunk 20 common misconceptions about sex in the video below. You'll learn… » 7/09/14 11:15pm Wednesday 11:15pm

Guy turns jar of warm liquid into ice just by putting his hand inside

This is like a scene from X-Men: A man puts his hand into a jar seemingly full of water. Instantly, ice starts growing around it despite the fact that the liquid is warm, expanding until all the content is solid, with the texture of ice cream. What is this sorcery? It's something called hot ice. » 7/09/14 1:34am Wednesday 1:34am

The creative process of an Oscar-winning screenwriter

The creative processes involved in writing a screenplay are as varied as the writers who work on them. In this video Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black—Milk, J. Edgartakes us through his own process, from how he goes about researching to how he lays out scenes written on hundreds of index cards. » 7/08/14 11:20pm Tuesday 11:20pm

In the future you'll be able to learn a whole language eating a pill

When MIT Media Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte says that humans will be able to learn an entire language by eating a pill, you better listen. In this new TED Talk, Negroponte shows all the times he was right predicting the future in the 1970s and 1980s even while people laughed at him. Here's what he thinks that… » 7/08/14 10:22pm Tuesday 10:22pm

How many gigabytes does it take to make a human?

How much information is stored inside a human? Not as much as you think. All you need is a mere 1.5 gigabytes to fit your entire genetic code. Veritasium did the math in his latest brain tapping video and cooked up that number using bits to understand the molecules that make up a person's genetic code. » 7/03/14 11:05pm 7/03/14 11:05pm

Fascinating time-lapse video shows one month of activity at a busy port

Witness a month-long time-lapse of loading and unloading at the Port of Long Beach, California and other impressive footage. Such a simple concept—packing goods to float across the ocean or removing them to deliver across the country—but even with the process running like clockwork, it is clearly a complex business. » 7/03/14 10:33pm 7/03/14 10:33pm

The complicated truth behind the empire of the United States of America

Let's celebrate the USA on July 4th! How big does the celebration go across America? Across the 50 states, duh. The 48 contiguous, Alaska and Hawaii. But what about Washington DC? And the Indian territories? Puerto Rico? Guam? The Virgin Islands? And let's not get into places you've never heard of like Johnston Atoll… » 7/03/14 8:31pm 7/03/14 8:31pm

Why is Michael Bay considered such a bad movie director?

Everyone knows a Michael Bay popcorn blockbuster is never going to be considered a cinema masterpiece. The same tricks—explosions, 360 degree shots, lamp posts, etc.—are used over and over again. But he's entertaining! Tony Zhou of Every Frame a Painting goes a little deeper to explain Bay's 'Bayhem' bag of tricks and… » 7/03/14 1:49am 7/03/14 1:49am