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Are Stomach Ulcers Caused by Stress and Spicy Foods?

No and Dr. Barry Marshall gave himself an ulcer to prove it. Read More »

Doctors Once Believed that Stomach Ulcers Resulted from Stress and Spicy Food

Until Dr. Barry Marshall gave himself an ulcer to prove them wrong. Read More »

How Tall Was Goliath? Fun With Cubits

mental_floss fact of the day. Read More »

America’s Most Deadly Airship Disaster

Mental_Floss fact of the day. Read More »

Noah Webster “Americanized” the English Language

Mental_Floss fact of the day. Read More »

The Most Populous U.S. City West of Reno, Nevada Is Not Los Angeles

What’s the most populous U.S. city west of Reno, Nevada? If you think Los Angeles, you’re wrong. The correct answer is San Jose, California. Read More »

America’s Revolutionary War the Bloodiest Ever?

Even though it dragged on for nine long years, fewer than 4,500 American troops lost their lives in battle during the Revolutionary War. Read More »

Popeye’s Spinach Fetish Is Bad Science — A Stray Decimal Point

A stray decimal point led to Popeye’s spinach fetish. He’d have gotten more iron from eggs, pork, or even brown sugar. Read More »

Madam C. J. Walker, The First Self-Made Female Millionaire in America

mental_floss fact of the day. Read More »

The Smellie Method

mental_floss fact of the day. Read More »