Cure Homesickness With a mental_floss Care Package

Mangesh & Jason

Got a homesick student or soldier? If the pizza box doesn't bring a smile to their face, the stuff inside surely will!

TV-Holic: Still on Gilligan’s Island

Kara Kovalchik

Last month we took you on a three-hour tour (give or take) of Gilligan's Island. But there's so much more to tell! Just sit right back and you'll find out where the S.S.

A 117-Year-Old Piece of Cheese

Chris Higgins

Clare Burson owns a piece of cheese that's 117 years old (pictured at left). It has survived wars, crossed continents, and now resides in her apartment in New York, sealed in a glass jar.

Root (or boot) all 32 NFL teams

Coming Thursday: Woody's Winners for Week 1! In the meantime, mental_floss has your football fix right here.

Dietribes: Banana Rama

Allison Keene

• "In recorded history, bananas date back to around 600 B.C.E., when they were mentioned in Buddhist texts.

A Short History of Emergency Broadcast Systems

David K. Israel


True Plastic Friendship

Jill Harness

What's a tortoise rescue operation to do when one lonely tortoise is picked on and shunned by all of the other residents?

Brain Game: Really, Really Bad Rebus #17

I was surprised to see it had been six months since we last presented a Really, Really Bad Rebus for the Brain Game. "That soon?" you're asking. Good luck:  Click here to see the sol

Morning Cup of Links: Cat Parkour

Miss Cellania

Forget What You Know About Good Study Habits.

The Number of the Day: 450,000

Colin Patrick

The Recreational Vehicle Industry Association estimates that around 450,000 “households” are comprised of families who live and travel the country in their RV year-round. Related Fact: The very fir

How Did You Know? in 30 Seconds

David K. Israel

Josh outdid himself with Day 4 of our monthly, week-long trivia hunt HDYK? last month. Only a few dozen people out of the 1,000+ that play each month made it through all the levels.

The Late Movies: The Suburbs

Ransom Riggs

Yeah, yeah, yeah ... I'm always talking about how great Arcade Fire is and how much I love their latest album, The Suburbs.

The Quick 10: 10 Trees That Changed the World

Stacy Conradt

As you might know, we’re kind of Disney freaks in this family.

7 Famous People Teaching Courses This Year

Ethan Trex

Last week we told you about some of the celebrity professors who have turned up on college campuses in the past.

Skateboard Tricks + Fire

Chris Higgins

I don't usually watch skateboarding videos, but this one caught my eye (particularly the HD version).