In Japan, letting a sumo wrestler make your baby cry is considered good luck.
Here's a delightful video to fill three minutes of your day: Words by Will Hoffman and Daniel Mercadante.
Alternate universes and super powers may be limited to comic books, but costumed crusaders are everywhere in the real world.
Every dog owner knows why they gave their dog its name, but how well do you know the story behind their breed names? Let's take a look at where a handful of common breeds found their monikers.
In case you're not familiar with the Turnip, it's a whimsical Google search, wherein I type a random phrase and we see what kind of interesting pages "turn-up." As always with thi
By changing one letter at a time to form different English words, and leaving all other letters in their original positions, convert TOAST into JELLY in the fewest steps possible.
I have a cat. Last time I moved apartments, my then-landlord cited a "cat-pee smell" in one of the closets as an excuse to keep most of our deposit for cleaning fees.
Washington, We Have a Problem. A day in the life of the US president makes you wonder why on earth anyone would want the job. (via Metafilter)
Song Lyrics As Google Maps Directions.
Tokyo Tower is based on the Eiffel Tower, but the designers of the sequel decided to make it 13 meters taller than the original.
Roger Ebert has been getting a lot of attention recently for being a fascinating and prolific Twitterer, and for continuing to review lots of movies despite having lost the ability to speak.
This fall, our co-founder Will Pearson will be representing mental_floss at the Idea Festival in Louisville, which runs from September 29th through October 2nd.
The change pocket of my billfold is full of pennies. Just pennies. I pilfer dimes, quarters and nickels for the vending machines at work, or sometimes parking meters. But pennies? I never use them.
The 1876 International Exhibition of Arts, Manufactures, and Products of the Soil and Mine, which was more commonly known as the Centennial Exposition, was held in Philadelphia in honor of the 100th a
Update: it appears that all YouTube versions of the clip have been removed, though there is a version available here.
There's nothing like spending two weeks back east in the middle of a nasty heat wave to make you appreciate the remarkably balanced, dry weather we've had in Los Angeles all summer.
Reader Noah wrote in with a question—"Why does the human body need