Brain Game: Ask Jessica

The name of a single U.S. city will answer today's Think Thursday challenge at the Brain Game. Good luck! The name of which U.S.

Morning Cup of Links: Emmitt Thunderpaws

Miss Cellania

The Body on Somerton Beach. An unsolved 1948 death in Australia only grows more mysterious as the years go by -but there are clues.

The Fascinating Story of the Fleet River

Jill Harness

You've probably already heard of Fleet Street, as it happens to be the home of a certain notable "demon barber," but did you know the street is named for something equally as dark—namel

The Hotel that Takes Money Laundering Seriously

Stacy Conradt

Money is dirty. You’ve been hearing that since you were knee-high to a grasshopper and your mom had to stop you from putting coins in your mouth and up your nose.

This Is a Blue Lobster

Jason English

Earlier this week, Adam Raymond brought up blue lobsters: "About one in every 4 million lobsters is born with a rare genetic defect that turns it blue.

Cookie Monster vs. Tom Waits

Chris Higgins

In this clip, the Tom Waits song "God's Away On Business" is expertly combined with clips of Cookie Monster on Sesame Street.

RSVP for Our Indianapolis Trivia Show!

Jason English

On Thursday, September 1st, the mental_floss Trivia Show is coming to Indianapolis! If you live in the area or are up for a road trip, reserve your spot now.

What's the most Romantic thing you've ever done?

David K. Israel

This is going to be one of the posts where I ask you to share your stories in the comments, like back when you all shared your nerdiest moments in life. The idea for the post came to me while I was re

The Compact Disc Turns 29

Jason English

Today the compact disc turns 29. The first CD was manufactured at a Philips factory in Germany on August 17, 1982.

Brain Game: MKTWTHY

Good luck with today's Wednesday Wordplay challenge from the Brain Game. The following are the titles of five 1970s songs that hit #1 on the Billboard pop singles chart.

Morning Cup of Links: Hunchcats!

Miss Cellania

The art group Skrekkogle took the graphic of dancing cards that you see when you win computer solitaire and built it.

6 of History's Greatest Art Heists and Scams

Floss books

This past weekend, some daring criminals sauntered into the Marina del Rey Ritz-Carlton hotel and absconded with an original drawing by Rembrandt estimated to be worth $250,000.

The Vice President Who Wrote a Hit Song

Stacy Conradt

History buffs might know the name Charles Dawes, which probably sounds vaguely familiar but can’t-quite-place-him to the rest of us. Here’s a refresher: he was Calvin Coolidge’s vice president.

How Pencils are Made

Chris Higgins

Here's another gem from How It's Made -- an exploration of a German pencil factory, using Californian cedar.

Back to the Future Co-Creator Bob Gale Explains How Marty and Doc Became Friends

Jason English

Yesterday I posted a question mental_floss contributor Brett Savage had asked me via text — “Is it ever explained why Marty hangs out with Doc Brown?" Many people weighed in with theories.