It seems a lot of you are taking us up on our new special at Amazon (if you preorder our new History of the World book, we'll give you a free 6-month subscription to the magazine). For anyone who ordered, we just wanted to say thank you! In the past few days, we've risen from the hundred-thousands to #38 on Amazon, which puts us just ahead of such Western classics as the I Can Has Cheeseburger book (#41) and Ted Nugent's Ted, White and Blue (#47). Of course, we're still way, way behind Dewey: The... READ ON
Our very first hardback, The Mental Floss History of the World: An Irreverent Romp Through Civilization's Best Bits goes on sale on the web today! And if you can't tell from all the extra exclamation points, we're pretty darn excited. In fact, we can't stop talking about all the great stories that are crammed into the thing: from why getting slapped across the face and then crying in public was the most important thing a Babylonian king could do to keep his job, to why Queen Elizabeth cursed Walter Raleigh... READ ON
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The Contest: In 750 words or less, explain why you (as the most deserving person on the planet) should win a $10,000 prize for tuition/books in the fall of 2009. The contest is open to full-time students pursuing an undergraduate degree at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university in the U.S. or Canada in the fall of 2009. Essays must be original work... READ ON
Are you a Big Ten scholar? Let's find out.
Take the Quiz: Name the Big Ten in 2 Minutes
We're celebrating Labor Day by not working. Instead, we're posting some of our favorite Daily Lunchtime Quizzes from yestermonth. Stop by every day at 11:30am Eastern Time for a new... READ ON
We know, the banner may not look like typical mental_floss (the world-peace-promoting musician Nassiri has kindly funded the challenge). But we assure you the content is pure Sandy and Kara (you know them as the geniuses behind 5 Questions, True Crime, TV-holic, the Daily Brain Game). Take the quiz here, and let us how you did in the comments... READ ON
...the first VP from Delaware.
...the first Catholic Vice President. (John F. Kennedy was the first Catholic President, but to date we haven't had a Catholic in the second slot.)
...the first VP who graduated from the University of Delaware. UD alums have, of course, taken plenty of other fields by storm (notable alumni include rocker George Thorogood, MVP quarterback Rich Gannon and Dutch-born astronaut Lodewijk van den Berg, who flew on the 1985 Challenger mission). Biden wouldn't be the only alum... READ ON
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Time is running out, folks. In honor of Leo, the handsomest Airedale on staff, we've decided to cut prices on everything in the mental_floss store this week. From t-shirts to books to periodic table shower curtains, all you have to do is
enter the word "dog" as the coupon code, and you'll automatically get 10% off everything in your shopping... READ ON
In an effort to show off our magazine content, and lighten our wallets (those bills are causing such a strain on our back), we're debuting a whole new contest... The $100 Challenge! (Note: these are American dollars, not Canadian or Zimbabwean, just in case you were looking for a favorable exchange rate.)
The... READ ON
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. Birmingham, ALA. Today, at 4:15pm EST, the editorial board of mental_floss magazine kept their promise toÂ readers and turned their blog's RSS feed back to full blast. The feed had been temporarily disabled due to hacking issues. The gushing stream of full RSS stories hitting inboxes around the nation was quickly followed by cheers heard across America, and the popping of champagne corks distribution of celebratory juice boxes around the magazine's headquarters.
"This is a great... READ ON
Orson Welles' last role was the voice of "Unicron" in the 1986 Transformers movie.