The Number of the Day: 485

Colin Patrick

Andy Warhol's 1964 film Empire, which contains no plot or dialog and is entirely comprised of a stationary shot of the Empire State Building, is roughly 485 minutes long. Related Fact: Accordi

Morning Cup of Links: Pepsi, Jack Daniel's, and Bloodsicles

Miss Cellania

Sam Kean is starting a series of posts on the periodic table of elements, meaning he is writing a separate post about each of about two-dozen of the most interesting elements.

Follow @mental_floss on Twitter: Amazing Facts, 140 Characters at a Time

Jason English

In case you're new around here, we'd like to invite you to follow @mental_floss on Twitter.

The Late Movies: Covers of "Ceremony"

Chris Higgins

"Ceremony" is among the best-known songs by the band Joy Division, although it was made famous by New Order -- a band which was effectively the remnants of Joy Division, minus its deceased s

The Quick 10: The Bortle Dark-Sky Scale

Stacy Conradt

Did our U.S. readers enjoy some fireworks last weekend? We didn't - they got rained out.

7 Memorable Sports Chants

Will Treece

Does your favorite team have a special chant? If not, here are seven examples that might inspire you to write one of your own. 1.

How Did You Know Jimmy Luth?

David K. Israel

We had a lot of fun giving away daily neatorama prizes this month! We hope you enjoyed the new aspect of the game.

At the Libraries: Your Weekly Round-Up

Miss Kathleen

Every Wednesday, Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of things happening at libraries across the country. If there's something fun going on in your local library this week, leave us a

McDonald's Fries: One Man's Quest to Make Them at Home

Chris Higgins

Cook and author J. Kenji Lopez-Alt had a mission: recreate McDonald's french fries.

Fun Cars!

David K. Israel

Think there's a V8 under this car's hood? In 1970, Campbell Soup turned to "King of Kustomizers" George Barris to, er, soup up this Mustang Boss 302 for a V8 marketing campaign.

Make Someone's Day With a mental_floss Care Package

Mangesh & Jason

Know someone who needs a boost this summer? Is your daughter off at summer school? Got a son away at camp? If the pizza box doesn't bring a smile to their face, the stuff inside surely will!

The Secret Lives of 8 Baseball Umpires

Special Guest Star

by Robert

Pregame Warm-up: World Cup Stories

Special Guest Star

Our friend Giri A of the PubStumpers Trivia League has been sharing some World Cup history via email.

Touch Influences Decisions (Or: How to Save $350 on Your Next Car)

Meghan Holohan

If you're buying a new car or negotiating the price of your dream house, try sitting in a hard chair.

Brain Game: Not a Capital Letter

Regulars to the Brain Game are aware that I'm a U.S. geography nut, and some of my favorite puzzles focus on the names of states and capitals... like this one.