8 Movie Cliches Illustrated

David K. Israel

Hollywood is formulaic, as you all know. The three-act structure is so tried and true, few movies risk venturing out into untried territory.

Questions Our Writers Send Me Via Text #2

Jason English

Every now and again, a fellow _flosser texts me a question I just can't answer—either because I don't know the answer, or because of the medium's draconian character limit.

A Mathemusician Explains How Sound Works

Chris Higgins

Self-proclaimed "recreational mathemusician" Vi Hart has posted an excellent short film explaining the science and mathematics of sound, frequency, and pitch.

The Origins of Weird State Park Names (Part Three)

Miss Cellania

When you see these names, you tend to say to yourself, "Does that mean what it sounds like?" In most cases, no.

Brain Game: Brain Buckets

We're ready for some football here on Think Thursday.

Morning Cup of Links: Jobs Resigns

Miss Cellania

Steve Jobs resigned as CEO of Apple yesterday.

What Monkeys Can Teach You About Money

the mag

This is a special sneak peek at the September-October issue of mental_floss magazine. Click here to get a risk-free issue! by Allen St.

The Late Movies: "Billie Jean" Twelve Ways

Chris Higgins

When I came across an amazing* acoustic cover of Michael Jackon's "Billie Jean" performed by Chris Cornell (of Soundgarden and Audioslave), I thought it would be fun to locate a dozen v

How to Swear Like a Librarian

Miss Kathleen

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

Astronauts Goofing Around

Chris Higgins

Here's a fun way to spend four minutes: watch astronauts explain explain the little details of life aboard the Space Shuttle.

48 Movie Line Rhymes

David K. Israel

The above video contains scenes from 48 movies. It's one of the coolest mashups I've ever seen, period.

Dietribes: Eggplant

Allison Keene

• Few foods have gone through the kind of transformation the eggplant has.

Revolve in Peace

Jason English

Five years ago today, the International Astronomical Union stripped Pluto of its planet status, a damaging blow to Plutophiles across the galaxy. I'm wearing this shirt to mark the occasion.

Brain Game: Real Guts

Here's hoping you enjoy today's Wednesday Wordplay challenge from the Brain Game.

Morning Cup of Links: Duck Tron

Miss Cellania

Why Are Finland's Schools So Successful? “We prepare children to learn how to learn, not how to take a test.” * Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about the Rise of Shaky-Cam.