Mental Floss: Scatterbrained (Mental_floss) by Editors of Mental Floss

By Editors of Mental Floss

The rest room learn to finish all toilet reads! What does Greece (the kingdom) need to do with Grease (the movie)? And what does Grease (the motion picture) need to do with greasy meals? lots, in the event you ask the folk at mental_floss. in line with the magazine's "Scatterbrained" part, the mental_floss gang has taken at the Mount Everest of trivialities demanding situations: connecting the whole global throughout the juiciest evidence they can locate. How do you get from pups to Stalin; from Humpty Dumpty to Elizabeth Taylor; from the Hundred Years' struggle to eight Minute Abs; or maybe from Schoolhouse Rock to summary Expressionism? you are going to simply need to open up the publication to determine.

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