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Is pad thai really… Thai? Find out the complicated and international history of Thailand’s most delicious export, pad thai. Food History is a series from Mental Floss where we dive deep into the culinary stories that lead to the food on our plates. If you have an idea for a dish, cooking technique, or cuisine
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Whatever happened to pirate Amaro Pargo’s treasure? Or over 90 classic episodes of Doctor Who? In this episode of The List Show, host Erin McCarthy explores some of the most interesting and valuable pieces of lost treasure. From lost pieces of media to literal pirate booty, we’ll be covering the amazing and tragic stories of
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Learn the real stories behind “prude” Victorians, the history of the vibrator, and why Victorians never smiled in photos. Host Justin Dodd (@juddtoday) breaks down some common myths and misconceptions about the Victorian Era Website: http://www.mentalfloss.com Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/mental_floss Facebook: https://facebook.com/mentalflossmagazine
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The NASA inventions (or NASA spinoffs, as they’re known inside the space agency) in this episode of The List Show pop up throughout our daily lives. Did you now that NASA helped give us scratch-resistant lenses, memory foam, and the image sensors used in smartphone cameras? Erin (@erincmccarthy) touches on those NASA inventions and more
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Hot sauce has been around for thousands of years. How did we go from medicinal chili sauce used by the Aztecs to Sriracha and Tabasco? Food History is a show all about… well, the history of food. Join host Justin Dodd as he brings you the stories of how your favorite meals ended up on
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Why are some animals “ugly”? What does the aye-aye get out of having such big eyes, and why does the star-nosed mole have a star nose? Guest host Jaida Elcock (@soFishtication) answers those questions and more in this special mini-episode of The List Show. In case you forgot, The List Show is a trivia-tastic, fact-filled
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The history of Nintendo includes a love hotel, instant rice, and a beloved video game that arcade owners called Honkey Dong. A little console known as the Famicom (and, eventually, the NES, or Nintendo Entertainment System) was a key inflection point in Nintendo’s history. Nintendo’s early days and the business struggles of Atari may not
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Let them eat cake! Learn the real stories behind the storming of the Bastille, the guillotine, and how Les Misérables ties into it all. Host Justin Dodd (@juddtoday) breaks down some common myths and misconceptions about the French Revolution. Website: http://www.mentalfloss.com Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/mental_floss Facebook: https://facebook.com/mentalflossmagazine
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The interesting facts in this episode of The List Show are pulled from 20 years of Mental Floss History. We’ve got fun and slightly random facts about all the important topics: presidents, literature, wombat poop. You’ll learn our favorite fun facts about food history and more than you probably wanted to know about tortoise sex.
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Learn the real stories behind King Tut’s mysterious death, the Sphinx’s missing nose, and the workers who built the pyramids. Host Justin Dodd (@juddtoday) breaks down some common myths and misconceptions about Ancient Egypt. Website: http://www.mentalfloss.com Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/mental_floss Facebook: https://facebook.com/mentalflossmagazine
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Does the Monopoly man have a monocle? Or is your memory playing tricks on you? In this episode of The List Show, host Justin Dodd (@juddtoday) tackles this mysterious memory phenomenon known as the Mandela Effect. From Jiffy peanut butter to the classic 90s genie-comedy Shazaam, we’re exploring shared false memories. How many did you
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When you think about amazing things found in shipwrecks, your mind might go to gold doubloons. But would you think of centuries old (still potable!) champagne? Or love letters that can still be read decades later? In this episode of The List Show, Erin breaks down some of the most fascinating things found in shipwrecks.
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We’re breaking down the history of the hot dog for #NationalHotDogDay on this episode of Food History. Where do hot dogs come from? (It’s surprisingly contentious.) What is in a hot dog? (It might not be as bad as you imagine.) And why do we call it a hot dog, anyway? (You’ll have to watch
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Do vampire bats really suck your blood? Are all bats blind? And who is this crime-fighting Manbat I keep hearing about? In this episode of Misconceptions, Justin takes on some common myths and misconceptions about bats. Let’s take a look at these hairy, winged cuties. Make sure to subscribe for more Mental Floss content just
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The menu is a restaurant staple nowadays, but they haven’t always been a part of dining out. From the Song dynasty in China to the first inns and taverns of France, the path toward the humble menu is a long and winding journey. Let’s get into it. Food History is a show all about… well,
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Broadway is a street in New York, but it’s also practically synonymous with musical theater. The Broadway facts in this episode of The List Show will shed light on some of the pre-theater history of The Great White Way (and you’ll find out when it first earned that nickname). You’ll also learn facts about Broadway
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Romantic advice from the past runs the gamut from the solid to the stupefying. For every logical admonition by an 18th-century Dear Abby, you have a man weighing in with far too many thoughts on women’s underwear. In this episode of The List Show, Erin covers relationship tips from the past—roughly the 18th century until
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Vikings have a fierce reputation: the scary, powerful, and hairy pillagers of history. But were they all muscular, sword-swinging bearded dudes with horned helmets and a disregard for human life? From their fighting prowess to Viking gender roles, we’re going to be tackling some myths and misconceptions about Vikings. Join host Justin Dodd in an
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Etymology is not an exact science, but the stories behind word origins and etymologies can still teach us a lot. In this episode of The List Show, Erin breaks down the interesting etymology of 70 words, from vaccine to science. You’ll learn the etymology of vaccine and much more. In case you forgot, The List
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The Renaissance gave us the Mona Lisa, the telescope, and the Sistine Chapel. But who is the Mona Lisa actually a painting of? And did Galileo really invent the telescope? And be honest, do you picture Michelangelo painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel… on his back? We’ve got some centuries-old myths to debunk, let’s
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Historic con artists used their marks’ “confidence” against them. They were able to swindle innocent victims out of money with phony businesses, non-existent products, and a smorgasbord of too-good-to-be-true promises of instant riches. The historical cons, scams, grifts, and tricks featured in this episode of The List Show may be mostly passé, but they teach
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If you like facts about books or facts about authors (or, dare we say, facts about books and authors) we think you’ll like this video. We also think you’ll enjoy our new book about books. You can find it here: https://insighteditions.com/pages/mentalflosslandingpage The Curious Reader is a book from the team at Mental Floss about books
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Food history is a combination of slow, gradual evolution and sudden disruption. The course of food history can be changed by climate change or war, but it can also be changed by innovation from enterprising individuals. Who “invented” sliced bread? How did the microwave oven come to be? And what genius gave us the spork?
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