What Really Motivates Us

Chris Higgins

In the late 1980's, Dan Pink made a terrible mistake: he went to law school. He didn't fare well, graduating in the bottom 10% of his class.

The Quick 10: 10 Things You Didn't Know About Isaac Newton

Stacy Conradt

Happy Birthday to Isaac Newton (sort of"¦ skip to #5 for the scoop on that)! Although he's been a household name since his time, there's more to Isaac than meets the apple.

Got an idea for a mental_floss t-shirt?

Mangesh & Jason

If you've been sitting on a great t-shirt slogan, now's your chance to turn it into cash.

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David K. Israel

My junior year of college I worked as a spy. At the age of 21, I liked to refer to myself as The Youngest Spy in the World. There was no real way of knowing if this was true. There was no Google.

What Do Blind People See?

Jill Harness

Boing Boing's Science Question From a Toddler series is fascinating because it provides surprisingly detailed answers to seemingly obvious questions.

Bacteria Assassin Ninja Toothbrush Sanitizer

Miss Cellania

The New Year holiday and that little bit of extra time off from work is a good time to get cleaned up, reorganized, and ready for a bright new year. I've been in the zone myself.

Brain Game: Math Square #8

Welcome to a brand new year of mental_floss Brain Games.

Morning Cup of Links: Canine Merengue!

Miss Cellania

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Happy (Belated) Palindrome Day!

Jason English

Saturday, 01-02-2010, was the second Palindrome Day of the 21st century. The last time we celebrated was 10-02-2001.

The Genius of the Joy of Cooking

the mag

by Tim Farrell Forget magazine clippings and newspaper headlines.

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

Water Lowered for Farting Turtles The staff at the Great Yarmouth Sea Life Centre in Norfolk, England learned their lesson last year, when farting turtles set off overflow alarms at another aquariu

Morning Cup of Links: Twenty Ten

Miss Cellania

How to say the year. This is important in order to communicate properly and avoid petty disagreements. (via YesButNoButYes) * What Israel can teach us about security.

Our Top 5 Stories of 2009

Jason English

We've been counting down the year's most-read stories. First we rattled off #20 to #14. Then came #13 to #6. At long last, here are the five most popular stories of

Bubble Trouble: The Not-So-Sweet History of Champagne

the mag

By Eric

Morning Cup of Links: Fear of Ducks

Miss Cellania

Why put off until tomorrow what pleasures you can enjoy today? Because people have the mistaken notion that someday they won't be as busy as they are today.