The Real Details of the Hot Coffee Lawsuit

Ethan Trex

In any argument about frivolous lawsuits, someone will bring up “that woman who sued McDonald’s over the hot coffee and won four ba-jillion dollars.” Let’s take a closer look at 1994’s Liebeck v.

The Late Movies: Re-Enactments of Famous Speeches

Mark Arminio

Tonight for The Late Movies, we have a series of famous speeches, recreated for your enjoyment.

The Quick 10: 9 Miss Golden Globes (and one Mr.)

Stacy Conradt

The Golden Globes are coming up this weekend, which means it’s time for a new Miss Golden Globe.

OOPS: Cameras Being Dropped, Lost, and Tossed

Chris Higgins

oops is a short film featuring YouTube clips of cameras being dropped, submerged, thrown, or otherwise lost -- mostly by accident.

How to Live in an Empty Hospital

Ransom Riggs

A few months ago I posted a delightful short film by Studiocanoe, about his job as a projectionist, and how esoteric and precious his endangered profession had become.

Our Readers' Favorite Bookstore Cats (Volume One)

Miss Cellania

One of the ways independent book stores distinguish themselves from the big chain stores is to make their shop into a literary home, where people like to hang out.

Brain Game: Endless, Nameless

It's Think Thursday here at the mental_floss Brain Game. Decipher the name of a 1992 grunge hit single referenced in the following clue.

Morning Cup of Links: Black Dog

Miss Cellania

Google invites students between the ages of 13 and 18 to enter their global online science fair. Prizes include a trip to the Galapagos islands and a trip to CERN.

At the Libraries: Our Blog of the Month Award!

Miss Kathleen

Every week, Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books.

The Late Movies: Dancing in the Dark

Chris Higgins

"Dancing in the Dark" was a huge hit for Bruce Springsteen in 1984.

Video Games Running on a Pen. That You Write With. A Pen.

Chris Higgins

From the "I Didn't Know They Could Put a Computer in That" department, apparently the Livescribe Echo™ Smartpen is a pen computer that runs software.

The Most Amazing (And Self-Aware) Press Release Ever Written

Colin Patrick

On any given day corporations, PR firms and marketing personnel disperse thousands of press releases out into the world – touting new products, upcoming events and nearly any other conceivable news nu

The Quick 10: The Original Names of 10 Sports

Stacy Conradt

If history hadn't changed, we would be watching Gabrielle Reece dominate Mintonette, Tony Hawk would be a leader in the world of sidewalk surfing, and Forrest Gump would have been an amazing wiff

Foooood iiiiin Spaaaaace: The Curious Case of the Contraband Corned Beef

Matt Soniak

In 1965, Command Pilot Gus Grissom and Pilot John Young successfully piloted the Gemini 3 spacecraft on a four-hour and forty-three-minute mission into Earth’s orbit, completed a handful of tests of t

Dietribes: Taco Time!

Allison Keene

• The word "taco" describes the traditional Mexican dish that wraps a maize tortilla around a filling (whose varieties number into the infinite), though the etymology of the word itself and