31 Behind-the-Scenes Facts About Game of Thrones

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Jon Snow may know nothing, but did you know that Kit Harington—the actor who plays him—is related to the guy who created the first flush toilet? It's true! As is the fact that one of Game of Thrones's most notorious villains was actually almost cast as the heroic, straight-and-narrow Jon Snow. You're probably wondering: Which notorious villain? Well, you'll just have to watch and see.

To help you count down the days until Game of Thrones is finally back, Mental Floss editor-in-chief Erin McCarthy—First of Her Name, Protector of Facts, and Mother of Cats—is dishing on some of the show's most surprising behind-the-scenes facts in this week's all-new edition of The List Show. You can watch the full episode below.

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Watch the Denver Zoo’s New Baby Sloth Cuddle Up With Its Mom

Denver Zoo
Denver Zoo

If you’re a sucker for itty, bitty, furry animals, then you’ll want to drop whatever it is you’re doing and check out this video of the Denver Zoo’s newest resident. Uploaded by The Denver Post, the video shows a week-old sloth clinging to its mother, and it’s almost too cute to handle.

The healthy baby, whose name and sex have not yet been determined, was born on April 11 to its proud sloth parents: 23-year-old Charlotte Greenie and 28-year-old Elliot. It also has an older sister, named Baby Ruth, who was born in January of last year. Dad and Baby Ruth are “temporarily off-exhibit” to give mom and her newborn baby the chance to rest and bond in their habitat—an indoor aviary that's part of the zoo's Bird World exhibit.

The baby belongs to one of six species of sloth called the Linne's two-toed sloth, which is native to the rainforests of South America and are not currently considered threatened. Unlike their distant relatives the three-toed sloths, two-toed sloths are mostly nocturnal creatures. They also tend to move faster than their three-clawed counterparts, although fast is putting it generously.

Like many things sloths do, the baby was slow to arrive. Zoo officials predicted that Charlotte would give birth as early as January, but the expected due date may have been a miscalculation.

“Sloth due dates are notoriously challenging to predict because sloths are primarily active at night and we rarely observe their breeding,” the zoo said in a statement. “Our animal care team closely monitored Charlotte for months to ensure that she and the baby were healthy and gaining the appropriate amount of weight.”

The baby is expected to cling to its mother for at least six months. Zoo officials say the best time to visit mom and baby is in the late afternoon, when Charlotte is more likely to be active.

[h/t The Denver Post]

Watch All 7 Seasons of Game of Thrones in 12 Minutes

Helen Sloan, HBO
Helen Sloan, HBO

After nearly 20 months of waiting, we’re now less than two weeks away from the premiere of Game of Thrones season 8. With so much time having elapsed between seasons, it makes sense that you’d want to go back and rewatch season 7 all over again—though according to star Maisie Williams, a.k.a. Arya Stark, the epic series’ first season is the best refresher course for watching the final one. You could, of course, just binge-watch all 67 episodes before April 14th—though you’d better start now, as you’ll need to watch approximately 5.6 episodes per day (just round it up to six). But what if you don’t have that much time? ScreenCrush has got you covered.

Keeping all you time-strapped Game of Thrones fanatics in mind (and even total newcomers to the series, if you don't mind missing seven years' worth of amazing storytelling and total mayhem) the site put together a mega-recap of all seven seasons of the show, which lets you relive every breathtaking moment—including the most epic battles and memorable onscreen deaths—in less than 15 minutes. Which means that there are enormous dragons and even bigger spoilers, so watch at your own risk Valar morghulis.

[h/t ScreenCrush]

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