What's Going on in Yemen?

Haley Sweetland Edwards

In Spring of 2010, Haley Sweetland Edwards took us on a tour of Yemen for the Spinning the Globe section of mental_floss magazine.

Michael J. Fox's Middle Name is Andrew

Jason English

Image credit: Maureen Donaldson/ Michael J. Fox was born 50 years ago today. But as Stacy Conradt once told us, he wasn't Michael J. back then. He was Michael A. Fox, for Andrew.


Leah Welborn

You spend hours with it each day. Your fingertips know it intimately. But how familiar are you with your keyboard's

How to Tie Your Shoes

Chris Higgins

When I learned how to tie my shoes as a kid, I was taught what I now know is a granny knot.

Vanishing Store Fronts

Colin Patrick

One of my favorite things about New York City is the incredible variety of stores, restaurants and services the city contains.

Science Fiction Home Furnishings

Miss Cellania

Earlier this week I was working on a list of science fiction-inspired furniture when I became distracted by a number of creative science fiction quilts.

Brain Game: Spelling Numbers

The Brain Game enters Think Thursday. Everyone should be able to solve today's challenge, provided you take a few moments to work it out.

Morning Cup of Links: Bike Hazards

Miss Cellania

Germans obsessively listing all their possessions for hundreds of years may sound like the set-up for a joke.

Who Was the Unknown Rebel?

Stacy Conradt

This month marks the anniversary of an amazing act of nonviolent protest by a man whose name we still don’t know.

The Greatest Basketball Team You've Never Heard Of

Scott Allen

In the opening chapter of his book, On the Shoulders of Giants: My Journey Through the Harlem Renaissance, NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar recounts the time a reporter asked him what profession he woul

The Late Movies: Book Trailers, This Year's Winners and Losers

Chris Higgins

The same week I enjoyed Ransom's beautiful book trailer, I heard about the Moby Awards -- which, in addition to recognizing great book trailers, points out awful book trailers.

BlöödHag: Seattle's Edu-Core Death Metal Library Rockers

Chris Higgins

BlöödHag is a death metal band from Seattle who perform, among other places, in libraries.

Hyper-Realistic Paintings

Jill Harness

I've already posted a few works of amazingly realistic art, but since many of you seem to enjoy the medium, I figured you might enjoy a few more seen in this new WebUrbanist

The Number of the Day: 175

Colin Patrick

Take that, color wheel! Pantone recently added 175 new entries to its already robust color system – bringing the total number of hues to 2,100.

Miss Peregrine Book Trailer: Director's Cut!

Ransom Riggs

I've been thinking about and working on various aspects of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children for so long that it feels like the book came out a long time ago -- but it was only yes