In Japan, letting a sumo wrestler make your baby cry is considered good luck.
Thanks to everyone who came out for the inaugural Mental Floss Trivia Show last night in Brooklyn! We were blown away by the turnout.
In this two-minute video, National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen relates the story of a giant leopard seal who tried to teach him (Nicklen) how to hunt for penguins.
We've all seen it: that one lonely suitcase on the baggage claim track at the airport that goes around and around with no owner in sight. What happens to it if no one shows up?
As I watch my cat bat a piece of foil across the floor or stare at nothing like he's stoned, I can't help thinking, "Gee I wish my computer was as smart as my cat." Scientists at
If the BCS rankings factored a school's nickname into its formula—and Texas quarterback Colt McCoy's final pass of Saturday's Big 12 Championship Game had fluttered in the air
If you've ever been to a restaurant in Greece, chances are you've seen lamp on the menu. The spelling mistake is about as ubiquitous as nude sunbathers on the beach in Mykonos.
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In 2005, the world was charmed by a video called the Christmas Lights Gone Wild, in which Carson Williams loaded his house with Christmas lights and programmed them to flash in sync with music, specif
It seems like it's been a little while since our last logic puzzle Brain Game, so here's one with some characters you'll probably know.
The stickman is the world's ubiquitous avatar of danger: he's endured every worst case scenario imaginable, and some you may never have imagined.
Awareness, cognition, and consciousness: maybe we are one the brink of defining what those things are. At least we are starting to experiment with them.
From Slate, a slideshow of strange maps that include California as an island, utopia in the shape of a skull, and other cartographic curiosities.
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