Mushroom Clouds in Mississippi: the Little-Known History of Nuclear Testing in the American South


When you think of nuclear test sites, remote Pacific islands and desert wastelands come to mind.

Morning Cup of Links: Coco's Big Year

Miss Cellania

It's been a year now since Conan O'Brien left The Tonight Show to avoid being pushed around by Jay Leno.

Morning Cup of Links: Coco’s Big Year


It’s been a year now since Conan O’Brien left The Tonight Show to avoid being pushed around by Jay Leno. Here’s the story of how the internet rallied around him while he waited to get back on TV.

The Quick 10: 10 Famous Student Sections in College Basketball

Stacy Conradt

I went to my first Duke game last week, and I have to say - I was impressed. The fans were pretty amazing.

Follow @mental_floss on Twitter: Amazing Facts, 140 Characters at a Time

Jason English

We're on Twitter. Just throwing it out there. Also on Twitter: @SplitDecisionMF. Free t-shirts are

The Late Movies: 9 Performances of John Cage's 4'33"

Chris Higgins

John Cage's musical composition 4'33" ("four, thirty-three") is considered among his best -- Cage himself thought it was his most important.

The Origins of 20 Mall Staples

Scott Allen

[Image credit: Daniel Case]If you’ve been to a mall recently, chances are at least a few of these stores were listed in the directory.

Phantom of the Floppera (Floppy Drive Orchestra)

Chris Higgins

Want to see how much music can come out of two 3.5" floppy drives and two 5.25" floppy drives?

The World's Only Flightless Parrot

Jill Harness

The Kakapo is the only flightless parrot in the world.

What Our Pesky Bee Problem Could Mean

Ransom Riggs

I haven't heard a lot about the much-dreaded Colony Collapse Disorder lately -- that syndrome wherein massive bee die-offs seemed to threaten global food supplies -- which I foolishly chalked up

12 Science Valentines

Miss Cellania

There are Valentine cards, ecards, and gifts for every taste imaginable! If you don't find a card or image that perfectly expresses your sentiments, you can easily make your own.

Brain Game: Lou Swings and Misses

For today's Think Thursday challenge, you'll try to decipher the title of a bestselling book from the clue that follows. Here goes: Tuee. Tuee.

Morning Cup of Links: Rabbit Hash

Miss Cellania

Spent is a role playing game where you negotiate life as a poor person. The choices and results can seem random and capricious, but that's life for millions of people.

Ray William Johnson's Zombie Love Song

David K. Israel

Hey, even zombies need a little love on Valentine's Day, don't they? Ray William Johnson (of =3 fame) thought so, and wrote this, er, killer song to prove

Robot Orders Scone, Leaves Big Tip

Chris Higgins

Today's completely true weirdness: a telepresence robot orders a scone from a coffee shop in Mountain View, California.