In 1915, Harry Houdini performed a trick that saw him buried beneath six feet of earth. It didn't exactly go off without a hitch, however: He clawed his way out—but it nearly killed him.
BAGS O’ MYSTERY
An 1850 term for sausages, “because no man but the maker knows what is in them. ... The 'bag' refers to the gut which contained the chopped meat.”
Grab some cheesecake—Dorothy, Rose, Blanche, and Sophia are coming home.
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There never were any snakes in Ireland, partly for the same reason that there are no snakes in Hawaii, Iceland, New Zealand, Greenland, or Antarctica: the Emerald Isle is, well, an island. Read more on Mental Floss http://bit.ly/2nwohC5 Sign up for Frankie's newsletter and get a free Professor Molly story Blog | Facebook | GoodReads | LinkedIn | Twitter | Mailing List
The study, which appears in Scientific Reports, shows that wine has an effect on one's glymphatic function, or the way the brain removes toxins. To clear itself of damaging and accumulated proteins like tau and beta amyloid, which are often linked with dementia, the brain pumps in cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) to act as a flushing solution. All sorts … Continue reading Drink Up: New Study Concludes Wine Can Offset Dementia
In medieval Britain, if human remains were disturbed in the grave or disinterred, they would be removed from the cemetery and placed in what was called a charnel chapel, a religious structure that often had walls stacked high with human remains that temporarily lacked a proper resting place. Charnel houses were popular in England between the … Continue reading Step Inside a 13th-Century Chapel Filled With Human Remains—Using Digital Models
According to Mental Floss, chaste Amish romances are out; Amish vampire erotic thrillers are in. As are mermaids, cavemen, aliens, and NASCAR drivers. And then there's the limited-edition fast-food-themed romance: https://youtu.be/84THNyOzkI8 Sign up for Frankie's newsletter and get a free Professor Molly story Blog | Facebook | GoodReads | LinkedIn | Twitter | Mailing List
Now that spring is here, no matter how committed you are to cars, it’s hard to resist an occasional mosey or stroll. Whether you prefer ambling through the park or zigzagging down a busy sidewalk, this is a lovely time to hoof it. Lucky for us all, the history of English has plenty of rare … Continue reading Snaffle, Soodle, Snudge: Wonderful Old Words for Walking We Should Bring Back
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