Janis Joplin left $2,500 in her will for her friends to "have a ball after I’m gone."
The editors of mental_floss magazine — Mangesh, Ethan, Stephanie and Jessanne — sat around arguing about their favorite longreads of 2011 for longreads.org.
Last week we shared last week about a woman in Michigan paying off three random layaway tabs at her local K-Mart. As her story spread, many other people stepped up to help out local families in need.
A few years ago, I wrote about strange Christmas traditions like Krampus, Caga Tia, the Caganer, Mari Lwyd, Zwarte Piet, the pickle ornament, the TV Yule Log, and Christmas in Japan (which involves se
Good luck with today's Think Thursday challenge at the mentalfloss.com Brain Game:
What is the most populous U.S.
The world's most over-the-top Christmas decorations.
I love me some Star Trek -- and I'm a TNG man through and through.
I recently bought a Kindle -- something I swore I'd never do.
Drivers out West may have experienced the terror of swarming Mormon Crickets, which can overwhelm roads all at once and make streets so slick that drivers lose their grip.
I was in a silly mood one recent weekend and, er, cooked these up for you all.
Regular readers might remember our post about helping penguins victimized by the Tauranga oil spill in New Zealand by knitting tiny sweaters.
Each week Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books.
Today is the last day of autumn, so let's celebrate with a new Wednesday Wordplay challenge here at the mentalfloss.com Brain Game.
Eating Less Can Keep Your Brain Young.
Holiday episodes tend to be a bit generic. How many times can you rework A Christmas Carol or The Gift of the Magi into a sitcom plot?
There are some of our favorite words that appeared in mental_floss stories in 2011. Some are foreign words. Others come from medical dictionaries. And there's a surprising amount of hobo slang.