A TED-Ed Lesson Explaining How Breathing Triggers a Complex System to Transport Oxygen Throughout the Body

In the TED-Ed lesson “How Do the Lungs Work?,” beautifully animated by the Foreign Correspondents’ Club and scored by Dave Feddock, educator Emma Bryce explains how the body uses a complex system to transport oxygen triggered solely through the simple act of breathing.

Breathing, in other words, keeps the body alive. So, how do we accomplish this crucial and complex task without even thinking about it? The answer lies in our body’s respiratory system. Like any machinery, it consists of specialized components, and requires a trigger to start functioning. Here, the components are the structures and tissues making up the lungs, as well as the various other respiratory organs connected to them. And to get this machine moving, we need the autonomic nervous system, our brain’s unconscious control center for the vital functions.

Zeus Verbally Takes on Thor in a LEGO Stop-Motion Animated Episode of ‘Epic Rap Battles of History’

Zeus, the Greek god of sky, verbally takes on the hammer-wielding Norse god Thor in a LEGO stop-motion animated episode of Epic Rap Battles of History (previously). This special episode was animated and directed by Forrest Whaley. The song is available to purchase online from iTunes.

Mental Floss Explains How Diamonds Are Rated and Why White Diamonds Are So Expensive

In a recent episode of the Mental Floss series Big Questions, host Craig Benzine explains how diamonds are rated and why white diamonds are so expensive. Benzine talks about gemological characteristics, or The Four Cs of carat, cut, color, and clarity and how they impact the price of a diamond.

Mature Golden Retriever Competes Against Young German Shepherd in Silly Spaghetti Eating Contest

In 2013, a mature Golden Retriever went head-to-head against a young German Shepherd in a silly spaghetti eating contest created by their human. While the hungry retriever inhaled the pasta within seconds, the shepherd took quite a bit longer, using dainty bites to finish what was left in the bowl.

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Amazingly Detailed Japanese Flip Books

UK travel site Travelry captured some video of the stunningly detailed flip books produced by Japanese publisher Mou Hitotsu no Kenkyujo at the Hyper Japan shop in London. The books can be purchased through a third party on Amazon.

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Mental Floss Explains Why Butterflies Are Called Butterflies

Mental Floss host Craig Benzine explains why butterflies are called butterflies in a recent episode of the series Big Questions, and in doing so dispels the myth that they used to be “flutterbys.”

This week, “MadeofAwesome4ever” asks, “I’ve heard that butterflies were once called ‘flutterbys’, and that people mishearing/mispronouncing it changed it to ‘butterfly’. is this true? If not, why are butterflies called ‘butterflies’?”

‘Luna’, A Bizarre Music Video by HEO Featuring a Couple With Morphing Body Parts

“Luna” is a strange new music video by electronic artist HEO that is directed by artist Goatee Hyunchull Umm, featuring a couple with always morphing, stretching and ripping body parts.

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