Anybody Remember The Long Lost  Cartoon Super Turbo Atomic Mega Rabbit?

It's a shame that Saturday morning animation blocks are now extinct. Was there ever a greater anthropomorphic action cartoon than Super Turbo Atomic Mega Rabbit? Thankfully YouTuber Mr GeekyGod has salvaged the intro from an old VHS and posted it online for your viewing pleasure: » 3/28/15 8:45am Saturday 8:45am

The Truth Behind The Million Dollar Space Pen Hoax

There's a famous legend that America spent millions on the development of a "Space Pen" that writes upside down, while the Russians used a pencil. Here's the truth behind the legend. » 3/27/15 9:30am Friday 9:30am

This Viral Photo Of Yesterday's Eclipse From Space Is Fake. Duh.

Yesterday's solar eclipse was one of the most spectacular in recent memory. So it's a shame that thousands of people were duped into thinking this image — supposedly taken from the International Space Station — was the real deal. It's obviously not, and here's why. » 3/20/15 9:45am 3/20/15 9:45am

Yep, That Anti-Robot Protest At SXSW Was A Marketing Stunt [UPDATED]

When a group of plucky students organized a protest at SXSW against the rising threat of artificial intelligence, they got a ton of attention. Including interviews on NPR and the BBC. A grassroots anti-robot protest seemed almost too good to be true. And it's looking like maybe it was. [Updated!] » 3/16/15 1:30pm 3/16/15 1:30pm

No, The Yeti Legend Was Not Inspired By a Prehistoric Bear

A couple of years ago, a DNA analysis of an ostensible sample of Yeti hair indicated that it may have belonged to a previously undiscovered ancestor of modern bears. A new genetic analysis now refutes this claim. » 3/16/15 12:20pm 3/16/15 12:20pm

Depriving Infants Of Peanut Products May Have Been A Colossal Mistake

For years, parents have been told to withhold peanuts from their children until the age of three, to prevent the onset of dangerous peanut allergies. A landmark study is now throwing this conventional wisdom on its head, instead suggesting that most peanut allergies can be staved off by introducing peanuts to… » 2/24/15 8:20am 2/24/15 8:20am

10 Worst Misconceptions About Medieval Life You'd Get From Fantasy Books

Some tropes are so ingrained in Medieval-inspired fantasy stories that it's tempting to think that they represent real aspects of Medieval life. But often these stories are just reinforcing myths and misconceptions about life in the Middle Ages. » 2/19/15 11:00am 2/19/15 11:00am

The Truth Behind Interstellar's "Scientifically Accurate" Black Hole

You've probably heard that the black hole in Interstellar was a simulation of unprecedented scientific accuracy. You may also have heard that its creation led to an "amazing scientific discovery" having to do with the shape of its accretion disk, which loops over and under its dark, central shadow. Neither of these… » 2/17/15 12:10pm 2/17/15 12:10pm

Researchers Slam 30-Year-Old Guidelines On Fatty Foods

For nearly three decades we've been told to avoid fatty foods, like butter and cheese. But new research suggests the guidelines introduced in the U.S. and U.K. "should not have been introduced" for lack of solid scientific evidence. » 2/10/15 4:00pm 2/10/15 4:00pm

The Most Common Misconceptions About Getting Sick, Debunked

In the latest installment of Mental Floss' debunk-tastic series Misconceptions, Elliott Morgan serves up factual counterpoints to ten of the most common misconceptions about getting sick. It's all in here – from food poisoning myths to false notions about the common cold. » 1/16/15 1:40pm 1/16/15 1:40pm

"Ye Olde" Is Fake Old English (And You're Mispronouncing It Anyway)

You've probably seen phrases like "Ye Olde Tavern" or "Ye Olde Shoppe" scrawled across English-language signs, trying to evoke a sense of the medieval. But the practice of naming shops this way didn't start until the late 19th century and it was done to make things sound, well, old. » 1/15/15 1:03pm 1/15/15 1:03pm

No, Your Family's Name Was Not Changed At Ellis Island

There is a persistent story in a lot of American families that their last name was changed at Ellis Island, garbled by an agent who simply wrote it down incorrectly. Now, it's possible that the name really was changed at some point, but it didn't happen at Ellis Island. Here's why. » 1/07/15 9:28am 1/07/15 9:28am

No, You're Not Going To Float Away On January 4th

A bizarre rumor is going around claiming that the upcoming planetary alignment on January 4th is going to cause a "gravitational fluctuation" that will leave people weightless for a brief period. Here's why "Zero Gravity Day" is a whole lot of malarky. » 1/02/15 6:20am 1/02/15 6:20am

Those Medical Talk Shows Are Even More Inaccurate Than You Feared

Programs like The Dr. Oz Show and The Doctors dispense with a lot of medical advice. But how many of these recommendations can be substantiated? Some researchers took the time to find out, and the results are not encouraging. » 12/18/14 12:00pm 12/18/14 12:00pm

'Detoxing' Is Bullshit

Eating healthy is one thing, but unless you're treating a drug addiction, "detoxing" is nonsense, from a medical perspective. Case in point: Companies that peddle detox diets can't even name the toxins they're supposedly ridding your body of. » 12/07/14 3:02pm 12/07/14 3:02pm

Why Everything You Know About Wolf Packs Is Wrong

The alpha wolf is a figure that looms large in our imagination. The notion of a supreme pack leader, who fought his way to dominance and reigns superior to the other wolves in his pack, is huge in pop culture. And this idea informs how many people understand wolf behavior. But the alpha wolf doesn't exist—at least,… » 11/28/14 1:00pm 11/28/14 1:00pm

No, Iran Is Not An Apocalyptic Nuclear Cult

Yesterday, negotiations over Iran's nuclear program failed to meet the deadline. Talks have been extended, but already an emerging chorus of "I told you so" says that it's pointless to negotiate with a fanatical religious regime that views nuclear war as holy martyrdom. It's time to put this myth to rest. » 11/25/14 10:22am 11/25/14 10:22am

Buffalo Is Not The Only Place That Has Ever Received Epic Snow

Predictably, in the wake of the massive snowstorm burying Buffalo, we're getting a lot of mislabelled photos floating around of other, not-Buffalo places buried in snow some time in the past. Here's a few fakes we've spotted. » 11/20/14 4:02pm 11/20/14 4:02pm