The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

Man Reports Incorrect Change to Police Dexter White of North Charleston, South Carolina paid a drug dealer $60 for crack cocaine, but says he only received $20 worth.

Morning Cup of Links: Crime Math

Miss Cellania

A Mother’s Prayer for Her Child by Tina Fey. Amen. * In a project called Scitweets, Maia Weinstock enshrined your favorite internet scientists, science bloggers, and science journalists in Lego!

The Quick 10: The 10 Best Characters You've Never Seen

Stacy Conradt

Sometimes the characters we don't see end up having the most impact… and sometimes they're just a good running joke for a sitcom.

The Late Movies: Guess The Theme III

Mark Arminio

All right, it's late on Thursday, which means one thing: another series of songs for you to guess the theme!

4 Wildly Successful Companies Started by Stay-at-Home Moms

Ethan Trex

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, this week seemed like a great time to give a tip of our caps to stay-at-home moms, including these four who used clever ideas to become business moguls.

Six-Word Fact Contest Winners!

Jason English

Time to settle up our Six-Word Fact contest! The following people have all won mental_floss t-shirts. (Except Josh, who's married to one of our researchers.

Secrets of The Legend of Zelda Prototype

Chris Higgins

Last Christmas, a surprise popped up online: a prototype of The Legend of Zelda, the iconic Nintendo game.


Jill Harness

Airigami consists of using balloons (and air) to make works of art.

LibriVox: 1000s of Free, Crowdsourced Audiobooks

Ransom Riggs

Public domain books have been around for a long time, but until efforts like Project Gutenberg came along, getting your hands on them was no different than any other book: you'd have to check it

Morning Cup of Links: Vader and the Baby

Miss Cellania

The Situation Room Meme: The Shortest Route From Bin Laden to Lulz.

Why Do We Need Libraries?

Miss Kathleen

Each 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

The Late Movies: Inventors

Chris Higgins

Last week I pointed to a profile of Steven Sasson, Inventor of the Digital Camera. But his short interview is just the latest in a string of inventor profiles by David Friedman.

News: Kids Don't Know Who the Beatles Were

Chris Higgins

I admit, it's possible to make a video demonstrating ignorance about any topic -- just go ask people stuff on the street until you get enough "dumb" answers, and away you go.

The Number of the Day: 200,000

Colin Patrick

Author and professor Philip M. Parker has written more than 200,000 books - aided in large part by a knowledge-gathering computer program he created himself.

Calling All Interns!

Jason English

If you're a great writer overflowing with brilliant ideas for stories and quizzes and you'll be in the New York area this summer, you could be our next intern!