The Dying Art of the Projectionist

Ransom Riggs

When I was in high school, all my coolest friends were projectionists.

10 Amazing Costumes for Halloween

Miss Cellania

Every year, I am impressed not only by the dedication and technical skill some people put into their Halloween costumes, but also the cleverness and ingenuity employed to come up with some of these!

The NASA Bedrest Facility

Colin Patrick

On a recent episode of the fantastic podcast The Sound of Young America, Mary Roach – author of the new book Packing For Mars - reveals a variety of fascinating anecdotes about life in the great unkno

Brain Game: Seek Whence

Thanks for playing the Tuesday Brain Game.

Morning Cup of Links: Degaussing Your Cat

Miss Cellania

Darpa is developing hi-tech methods for predicting potential homicides, suicides, and traitorous actions in military personnel.

10 Stars Who Appeared on Saved by the Bell

Erica Palan

While the main cast of Saved by the Bell had varied success in their post-Bayside lives, many of the show's guests star went on to achieve Hollywood success.

The Late Movies: Cooking Shows on Crack

Ransom Riggs

Sometimes it takes a special blend of trippy editing tricks to show us just how weird cooking shows really are.

The Quick 10: The Almost-Titles of 10 More Books

Stacy Conradt

There are so many books that have been retitled (usually with much better names), I couldn’t just stop at the 10-10-10 list.

10 Awkward Speeches, Interviews and Rants

Carl King

Pass the mic and prepare for the worst. Here we have 10 awkward speeches, broken interviews, and impromptu rants by celebrities and public officials. 1.

Our Trivia Show in Birmingham is Tomorrow!

Andréa Fernandes

Hey Birmingham Flossers! Mark your calendars for Tuesday, October 12th at 7pm. The mental_floss Trivia Show is coming to Cantina on 29th Street in Birmingham. (Check out the map to get

10 Unbelievable Performance-Enhancing Substances

Alisson Clark

Here are 10 historical performance enhancers that put the ‘dope’ in

The Number of the Day: $5.5 Million

Joe Hennes

In the early 1980s, the Children’s Television Workshop was sued for $5.5 million by the owners of the Beatles catalogue, who said the song “Letter B” (performed by the Sesame Street Beetles) was too s

6 of the Worst Car Accidents in Recent U.S. History

David K. Israel

I suffer from dystychiphobia, the fear of accidents. It's pretty intense.

Dan Hanna: 17 Years of Self-Portraits in One Video

Chris Higgins

Artist/animator/filmmaker Dan Hanna has been photographing himself every day from two angles, for roughly 19 years (he started in 1991).

10 Disturbing Episodes from Norse Mythology

Brian Gottesman

Most people have some passing familiarity with Norse mythology and legend. Even the days of our modern week are named after its gods and goddesses.