Building the (Fictional) Car of the Future

Brett Savage

Reading today about the Audi A2 concept car unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show provoked an invitingly distracting mid-day thought experiment about cars of the future.

The Missing Person Living in Savannah

Dan Lewis

Dan Lewis runs the popular daily newsletter Now I Know (“Learn Something New Every Day, By Email”). To subscribe to his daily email, click

Brain Game: 4 = 100?

For Think Thursday here at the Brain Game, think of today's puzzle as a numeric cryptogram.

Morning Cup of Links: Love for Bread

Miss Cellania

An Immune System Trained to Kill Cancer.

How the Titanic Almost Sank Hershey

Stacy Conradt

In 1894, Milton Snavely Hershey founded the Hershey Company.

The Late Movies: Daniel Johnston, Covered

Chris Higgins

I wrote about Daniel Johnston in a Late Movies post two weeks ago, pointing to some of my favorite performances by him.

Are You a Literature Abuser?

Miss Kathleen

Each week Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books.

Golden Girls Bloopers

Chris Higgins

On September 14, 1985, The Golden Girls premiered on NBC. Twenty-six years later, we have lost all of the show's stars except America's sweetheart, Betty White.

Abraham Lincoln: Amazing Wrestler

Matt Soniak

This week we're running a series of posts by Matt Soniak about Abraham Lincoln's foray into forensic meteorology.

Did Dr. Watson Really Write Sherlock Holmes?

Jason Plautz

A few years ago, a poll found that 58 percent of British teenagers thought Sherlock Holmes was a real person (meanwhile, 47 percent thought that Richard the Lionheart was not).

mental_floss Gets Curbed

David K. Israel

If you're a fan of Curb Your Enthusiasm and you watched the season finale this past sunday night, you might have noticed a mental_floss cameo appearance.

8 American Snacks & Their Foreign Flavors

Jill Harness

It doesn’t matter what country you live in, you’ve undoubtedly encountered your share of American junk foods.

A Video Game Made of Cardboard

Chris Higgins

Here's a video game (a sort of ultra-simplified Super Mario Bros) made using paper, some motorized rollers, a speaker, a knob, a cardboard box, and an intriguing little circuit board thingy calle

Miranda Piker and the Chocolate Factory

Dan Lewis

Dan Lewis runs the popular daily newsletter Now I Know (“Learn Something New Every Day, By Email”).

Brain Game: First Five

Good luck with today's Wednesday Wordplay challenge at the Brain Game: The blanks in each of the following words can be filled with some combination of the letters A, B, C, D,