In a holiday-themed episode of their incredibly informative whiteboard series for Mental Floss, linguist Arika Okrent and illustrator Sean O’Neill explain the meaning of the old English lyrics of several classic Christmas carols and point out proper grammar intended in each. While you’re caroling this season, here’s a few grammar points to watch out for.
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In a recent episode of the Mental Floss series Misconceptions, host Elliot Morgan cuts down some common misconceptions about lawns. The episode covers the best time to fertilize, how often to water, and other tips for caring for a lawn.
In the latest episode of the Mental Floss series List Show, host John Green flashes back to give 80 facts about the 1980s. A small sample of the facts include that it was Cyndi Lauper who recorded the theme song for Pee-wee’s Playhouse, Doc Brown nearly had a pet chimp in Back to the Future, and it took…
Mental Floss host John Green tests a series of holiday life hacks pulled from the Internet on a recent episode of List Show. Green tests things like whether you can use a potato chip bag as last-minute gift wrap, if wine glasses can work as candleholders, and if it’s worth wrapping your lights around a coffee can.
Host Elliot Morgan cracks down on common misconceptions about crime in the latest episode of the Mental Floss series Misconceptions. Morgan explains that violent crime is actually on the decline in the United States, that the legalization of marijuana does not lead to an increase in crime, and gives a number of facts about prison statistics.
In a recent episode of the Mental Floss series List Show, host John Green debunks another round of Internet life hacks. Green tests supposedly easy ways to make an ice cream sandwich, untangle headphones, juice limes, and more. Some hold up under scrutiny, but others fail spectacularly.
Host Craig Benzine answers the viewer-submitted question “Do your organs grow with you?” in a recent episode of the Mental Floss series Big Questions. Benzine clears up some common misconceptions about organ growth and explains how much different organs grow in the course of a lifetime.
Craig Benzine fills in for regular host John Green to wash away a series of crazy hair myths in a recent episode of the Mental Floss series List Show. The episode is the second in a series produced in collaboration with Head and Shoulders that focuses on the science of hair.