Brain Game: The Ponders

The Ponders are a five-on-five intramural basketball team. Last week, they won a game 87-83. All five of their starters scored, and none of the bench players saw any action.

Love Notes From A Dying Child

Jill Harness

When five year old Elana Desserich was diagnosed with brain cancer, she wanted to leave her parents something special.

Morning Cup of Links: Eigenharp Music

Miss Cellania

Keeping in mind that colonies of people may be traveling together for hundreds of years,  what sort of governance should we carry to other planets?

Last Chance for Free Shipping! (Ends at Midnight)

Mangesh & Jason

You don't want any part of the mall this time of year.

Sneak Peek #2: Animals at War

Mangesh Hattikudur

The countdown continues! The new Jan/Feb issue is just a few days from hitting newsstands, and we're eager to give you a glimpse of some more content.

The rebirth of the book?

David K. Israel

We've been hearing it for the last decade: technology is killing traditional publishing.  And, indeed, if you ask my book agent, it's getting harder and harder to sell a traditional print b

22 Great Photos Found in Presidential Libraries

Jason English

A few weeks ago, after stumbling across this photo of John Travolta and Princess Diana dancing at the White House, I sent our readers on a Presidential Library scavenger hunt.

Sneak Peek #1: The Benefits of Global Warming?!

Mangesh Hattikudur

The new Jan/Feb issue of mental_floss magazine is just about to hit newsstands, and we're eager to give you a glimpse of some of the great content!

The Weekend Links

Allison Keene

Through the years Santa has taken on many forms, but a biker? A penguin? These are just a few of the more recent incarnations of the man we called Claus. * Vanity thy name is ...

This Week's Most Popular Stories

Jason English

In case you weren't obsessively refreshing all week, here's what you

Lunchtime Quiz Leftovers

Jason English

Creating IRL Fantasies with Improv Everywhere

Ransom Riggs

I've posted about Improv Everywhere before, but they were featured on last week's episode of This American Life (a rebroadcast from 2005) and I thought IE founder Charlie Todd had some reall

Our 40,000th Twitter Follower

Jason English

I've long said it was a major goal to have 40,000 Twitter followers by December 11th.

Dr. Who Sells Computers

Chris Higgins

Here's a treat -- in 1980, Prime Computer (aka PR1ME Computer if you were totally awesome) hired actors Tom Baker and Lalla Ward (then playing Dr. Who and Romana on the BBC's Dr.

5 Things You Didn't Know About Larry King

Ethan Trex

Larry King is one of television news' most immediately recognizable personalities, and it's not just because of his trademark glasses and suspenders.