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From Plant Pots to Ancient Armies, Terracotta Is Universal
by Carrie Whitney, Ph.D. on October 21, 2020 at 3:00 pm
One of the oldest and most widely used materials in the world, baked clay or terracotta, can be found on roofs, in museums and in gardens all over the world.
When Does Belief in a Conspiracy Theory Like QAnon Tip Into Addiction?
by Nathan Chandler on October 21, 2020 at 12:00 pm
About half of all Americans believe at least one conspiracy theory. But what's the difference between believing a theory and being addicted to it? And how can you help someone you think might be in too deep?
How to Factory Reset Windows 10
by Andrew Silver on October 21, 2020 at 1:00 am
Is your computer achingly inept these days? Doing a factory reset of Windows 10 might get it humming smoothly again if you can set aside a few hours.
How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds
by HowStuffWorks.com Contributors on October 20, 2020 at 11:00 pm
Forget candy corn. Nothing says fall quite like freshly roasted pumpkin seeds. They're super simple to make and you can give them a sweet or salty kick.
Everything Really Does Taste Like Chicken, Including This Mushroom
by Katie Carman on October 20, 2020 at 8:10 pm
The Chicken of the Woods mushroom is jam-packed with protein and easy to spot with its bright orange color and ruffled edges.
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Check an Airline's Coronavirus Policies Before Booking
by Elizabeth Yuko on October 21, 2020 at 4:00 pm
Navigating air travel during the COVID-19 pandemic has been tricky. First and foremost, you want to make sure that you’re as safe as possible. On top of that, there are fewer routes and flights available, travel restrictions, and other guidelines that seem to be constantly changing. Read more...
Get an Early Start on Your Black Friday Shopping in Amazon’s Holiday Dash Sale
by Andrew Hayward on Roundups, shared by Jordan McMahon to Lifehacker on October 21, 2020 at 3:35 pm
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How to Winterize Your Car
by Jason Fitzpatrick and Elizabeth Yuko on October 21, 2020 at 3:30 pm
As the weather starts getting cooler, it’s a good idea to prepare your car for winter. Even if you don’t switch to snow tires, there are a few proactive steps you can take to make sure you, your passengers and your vehicle as as safe as possible. Here are some tips for winterizing your car.Read more...
What's New on Netflix in November 2020
by Joel Cunningham on October 21, 2020 at 3:15 pm
Netflix has just announced its lineup for November 2020, and it’s putting Hallmark on notice. Not content to let the greeting card company-turned seasonal industrial complex powerhouse dominate the holidays, the streamer is launching a salvo of original Christmas films aimed at soothing your post-election (but…Read more...
This Fisher-Price Vintage 'Toy Museum' Is Full-On Nostalgia
by Meghan Moravcik Walbert on Offspring, shared by Meghan Moravcik Walbert to Lifehacker on October 21, 2020 at 3:00 pm
There’s a lot of ugliness in the world right now, particularly for those of us in the United States who are approaching the most dreaded election in recent memory. (I already voted, though, so someone please wake me when it’s all over.) You don’t need me to remind you of the hatred and ignorance that abounds right…Read more...
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Peanuts Holiday Specials Won’t Air on Network TV for the First Time in More Than 50 Years
by Ellen Gutoskey on October 21, 2020 at 12:30 pm
Families have celebrated Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas with Charlie Brown and friends for years (and they still can).
8 Fascinating Facts About Kurt Russell
by Jake Rossen on October 21, 2020 at 12:00 pm
Kurt Russell, the actor famous for films like 'Escape From New York' and 'The Thing,' once had a close encounter with a UFO he didn't publicly discuss for decades.
See Every Detail of Your Favorite First-Edition Book Cover With These High-Quality Art Prints
by Elaine Selna on October 21, 2020 at 10:30 am
Uncommon Goods is selling these classic first-edition book covers as wall prints so you can enjoy them without breaking the bank.
Wednesday’s Best Amazon Deals Include 23andMe DNA Test Kits, Pet Food, and Workout Clothes
by Smart Shopping Team on October 21, 2020 at 9:30 am
As a recurring feature, our team combs the web and shares some amazing Amazon deals we’ve turned up. Here’s what caught our eye today, October 21. Mental Floss has affiliate relationships with certain retailers, including Amazon, and may receive a small percentage of any sale. But we only get commission on items you buy and don’t return, so we’re only happy if you’re happy. Good luck deal hunting!
Can You Finish These Chocolate-Themed Quotes?
on October 21, 2020 at 5:00 am
This quiz is like a box of chocolates—you never know what kinds of questions you're going to get.
- Archetype Family: Thinking
- Other Expressions: Professional, Student, Scholar, Judge
- Life Journey: To pursue knowledge for the sake of discovering thruth in all areas of life.
- Unique Challenge: To recognize when I’ve locked myself into a line of thinking
based on my education or experience; to remain open to new ideas.
- Lesson To Learn: To learn to listen to my gut, and to discern the differences between reason and truth.
- Defining Grace: Wisdom
- Challenge To Self: I will avoid paralysis by analysis.
THE CRONE: The wise woman who hands down information to younger women on the path to womanhood. You can also become bitter, cranky and intolerant with age.
THE SEEKER: You are on a search for truth and wisdom wherever it can be found. You can also be a lost soul.
THE PHILOSOPHER: You are on a pursuit to better understand the meaning of life . You can also become too opinionated and “certain”.
THE THEOLOGIAN: You are passionate about the study of a particular religion. You can also be dogmatic.
THE JUDGE: You excel at mediation, arbitration and cutting through to the heart of the matter with compassion , fairness and balance. You can also be prone to excessive criticism, profiling, lack of compassion, misuse of laws.
THE INVENTOR: You are a modern day alchemist that converts matter into energy or energy into matter. You can apply your skills between the spiritual , entertainment or visionary realms. You can also use your knowledge to trick , manipulate, or alter facts or systems with criminal implications.
THE SCHOLAR/STUDENT: Scholars and students bring a lively curiosity with them wherever they go.
THE GEEK: Geeks and nerds are true to themselves, and because of this they can be inspiring as friends who don’t judge books by their covers or people by their shoes.
THE SCIENTIST: Scientists are able to keep several ideas in their heads at the same time. They are as happy listening as talking and are always up for an intelligent conversation.
THE LIAR: When individuals whose stock and trade is their wisdom and knowledge cannot deliver the goods, they resort to fabrication, hiding behind their authority.
THE MISANTHROPE: While many Intellectuals are humanists, drawing information from all kinds of people and delighting in imparting wisdom to just as many, some are misanthropic.