The inventors of Bubble Wrap were originally trying to make plastic wallpaper.
Get comfortable, pop a Teamocil, crank up your favorite Dr.
In Spring of 2010, Haley Sweetland Edwards took us on a tour of Yemen for the Spinning the Globe section of mental_floss magazine.
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Michael J. Fox was born 50 years ago today. But as Stacy Conradt once told us, he wasn't Michael J. back then. He was Michael A. Fox, for Andrew.
You spend hours with it each day. Your fingertips know it intimately. But how familiar are you with your keyboard's
When I learned how to tie my shoes as a kid, I was taught what I now know is a granny knot.
One of my favorite things about New York City is the incredible variety of stores, restaurants and services the city contains.
Earlier this week I was working on a list of science fiction-inspired furniture when I became distracted by a number of creative science fiction quilts.
The mentalfloss.com Brain Game enters Think Thursday. Everyone should be able to solve today's challenge, provided you take a few moments to work it out.
Germans obsessively listing all their possessions for hundreds of years may sound like the set-up for a joke.
This month marks the anniversary of an amazing act of nonviolent protest by a man whose name we still don’t know.
In the opening chapter of his book, On the Shoulders of Giants: My Journey Through the Harlem Renaissance, NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar recounts the time a reporter asked him what profession he woul
The same week I enjoyed Ransom's beautiful book trailer, I heard about the Moby Awards -- which, in addition to recognizing great book trailers, points out awful book trailers.
BlöödHag is a death metal band from Seattle who perform, among other places, in libraries.
I've already posted a few works of amazingly realistic art, but since many of you seem to enjoy the medium, I figured you might enjoy a few more seen in this new WebUrbanist
Take that, color wheel! Pantone recently added 175 new entries to its already robust color system – bringing the total number of hues to 2,100.