There really was a Dr. Scholl. Podiatrist William Mathias Scholl was born in Indiana.
If you've been thinking about replenishing your t-shirt supply, now would be a good time. Through tonight at 11:59pm EST, all mental_floss t-shirts are on sale for $14.90.
While surfing may have originated in ancient Polynesian culture hundreds, if not thousands of years ago, the man who gets all the credit for bringing it to California's shores (via Hawaii) is Geo
(Image of Machu Picchu courtesy of Martin St-Amant - Wikipedia.)
Airing tonight (February 2, 2010) at 8pm on PBS stations: NOVA's Ghosts of Machu Picchu. Set your DVRs now!
Sisso suffered from an injured right wing over eight months ago.
In the latter part of the 19th century, before television, radio, or even movies with sound, traveling exhibitions were the biggest form of entertainment most people encountered. Oh yes, the circus!
It's hard to believe that it's been nearly three months since we've offered a Really, Really Bad Rebus for the Brain Game.
7 Real World Heists That Put Ocean's 11 to Shame. Of course they weren't perfect crimes because we found out who did them... all but one.
Extreme Gaming, anywhere you want.
I don't have an iPhone. But my brother does. He is so into his iPhone, not only does he play games on his iPhone, he designs games as well.
This week's Late Movies is a bit more serious than usual.
This short piece originally appeared as a sidebar in the mental_floss book 'In the Beginning: A Mouthwatering Guide to the Origins of Everything.'
Number 10 Downing Street, that is. We do a lot of posts about the White House and its notable residents here on the _floss, but not quite as many on their counterparts.
This is brilliant: British journalist/humorist Charlie Brooker presents a recipe for reporting the news in the two-minute clip below.
1. The Cable Connector Quiz
by David K. Israel
2. Lifetime Movie or Megadeth Song?
by Craig Dorfman
3. Trading Places, Coming to America or Beverly Hills Cop?
It doesn't take much to make me dizzy. Just hanging my head upside down behind my chair gives me a mean case of the spins.