James Ellroy's LA: City of Demons

Chris Higgins

James Ellroy, author of L.A. Confidential and The Black Dahlia has a new show premiering tonight (Wednesday, January 19) at 10pm Eastern on Investigation Discovery.

Recent Visitors to the mental_floss Store

Jason English

The front part of our Ohio office serves as our retail store, and people travel great distances to cross "visit the mental_floss retail store" off their bucket lists.

At the Libraries: Bestsellers From the Day You Were Born

Miss Kathleen

Every week, Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books. If there's something fun going on in your local library, leave us a

Talking Pictures: the Movie!

Ransom Riggs

It's been awhile since I've posted any new "talking pictures" -- I've been hard at work on the book! -- but over the weekend I was inspired to make this video about them.

Man Saved By Cellphone Battery

Jill Harness

Most people choose their cellphone based on available apps, keyboard placement, battery longevity, and other features, but here's one you've probably never considered: ability to stop a bull

Hoist the Mizzen, the Aurora Trust is on the Move

Allison Keene

Ahoy, me Hearties and scurvy dogs! Interested in shipwrecks on the high seas? Then the Aurora Trust should be your one-stop shop.

A Very Literal Spin on New Yorker Cartoons

Colin Patrick

As a bona fide comedy nerd I like to occasionally read The New Yorker to peruse the humorous bits and pieces it offers.

Brain Game: White Ink

The Wednesday Word Ladder has arrived. Don't crowd, folks; keep your positions.

Morning Cup of Links: Nic Cage's Hair

Miss Cellania

The New York City island hospital where Typhoid Mary was quarantined was abandoned in 1963, and is off-limits to the public. But we have pictures, and a look at the island's colorful history.

The Late Movies: Marathon Finishes

Erica Palan

In 2009, I ran the Philadelphia Half-Marathon. It was the hardest, most awesome thing I’ve ever done.

The Quick 10: 10 Unusual War Weapons

Stacy Conradt

Think fighting wars is all about grenades and tanks? Think again.

How the World's Greatest Game Designer Designs Games

Keith Law

If you like board games, you've probably run into one designed by Reiner Knizia.

Views From Cars in the Rain

Jill Harness

Artist Gregory Thielker's paintings look just like the view from a car window during rain.

The World Needs All Kinds of Minds

Ransom Riggs

If you saw the Golden Globes this year, then you probably saw Claire Danes accept the Best Actress award for her role as Temple Grandin (in the HBO movie Temple Grandin).

The Distasteful Wall Murals of Pawnee, Indiana

Colin Patrick

Fans of the Parks & Recreation – Amy Poehler's sitcom about small town government in the tiny fictional burgh of Pawnee, Indiana – have been anxiously awaiting the show’s return to TV this we