The First Computer Programmer: Ada Lovelace

Chris Higgins

Ada Lovelace, daughter of the poet Lord Byron and the Countess of Lovelace, is considered the first computer programmer, despite having died in 1852 -- long before computers were actually built.

The Quick 10: Top 10 Baby Boy Names of the 1880s

Stacy Conradt

As you guys are reading this, I'm out on maternity leave.  But as I write this, I'm really about three weeks away from having a baby.  So you can imagine that my life is revolving around w

Where Antimatter Still Exists

Mangesh & Jason

Our new issue is on newsstands and in mailboxes (or beach bags or bathrooms or wherever it is you do your _flossing).

Phil Jackson: The Lubricating Oil

Bud Shaw

Phil Jackson never saw a movie until his senior year in high school. TV? His family didn't own one. Dancing? Not allowed.

Two Minnesota Dogs Review Our Magazine

Jason English

Not sure if this means Petey and Meria loved mental_floss magazine or despised

Neatorama presents: HDYK? "“ {day 2}

David K. Israel

It's an all-new 5-day trivia hunt! Co-puzzle Master Josh Halbur and I are happy to bring you the next How Did You Know?

Dietribes: Popsicles

Allison Keene

"¢Â Like Band-Aids and Kleenex, Popsicle is a brand whose name we probably all substitute to mean any frozen treat on a stick.

The Stories Behind 15 Celebrity Stage Names

Ethan Trex

It's hard to overestimate the importance of having a solid, memorable name on a show business or literary career, so if you're born with a dud moniker, it might not hurt to change it.

Revenge Is Best Served on the Internet

Jill Harness

I don't know about you, but when I get a traffic ticket, I either grumble and pay it or go to court to fight it. Bluff City, TN resident Brian McCrary decided to go another direction.

The Number of the Day: $250,000

Jason English

Angus T. Jones, the "and a Half" of the CBS hit Two and a Half Men, makes $250,000 per episode. [Source: New York Post. See previous Numbers of the Day

Weird Website of the Week: Four Word Film Review

Ransom Riggs

In these times of short attention spans, it's hard to get much shorter than the Four Word Film Review.

Brain Game: Cat Sigh

Here are eight movie titles rendered "Mad Gab" style. Reciting them out loud will give you a similar sound to the original titles, and it's your job to decipher them.

Morning Cup of Links: Sailor Tattoos

Miss Cellania

On Caregiving. Some time or another, we all find ourselves either responsible for someone else's quality of life, or we rely on someone for ours. It is part of being human.

The Late Movies: 6 Re-Edited "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" Trailers

Chris Higgins

Let's keep it simple this week -- here are a few of the best re-edits of the Ferris Bueller's Day Off trailer.

How Did You Know? "“ Day 1 Level 3/Bonus Round!

David K. Israel

It's the moment you've all been waiting for! Answer the Level 3 bonus-round question correctly and you may win your pick of anything you want from the neatoshop (valued under $25). Ready?