The inventors of Bubble Wrap were originally trying to make plastic wallpaper.
During last night's GOP debate, Mitt Romney attempted to minimize Newt Gingrich's connection to President
First things first: Congratulations to Maria, who won our "Extremely Short Story" challenge in last Friday's mentalfloss.com Brain Game.
After the blackouts: What's next for SOPA?
Everyone knows Paul Bunyan: a man of extraordinary stature who traveled the country with an ox of extraordinary color.
Everyone also knows that this folkloric hero is blatantly imaginary.
Attention _flossers! It's time once again for everyone's favorite Thursday night game — GUESS THE THEME. All the clips below have something in common.
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For more than sixty years, a character right out of one of Edgar Allan Poe’s gothic tales left gifts at the author’s gravestone to honor his birthday on January 19.
While old travel posters still remind us why specific locations would make excellent vacation destinations, they also capture the popular artwork styles and values of the period in which they were mad
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Reader Jared wrote in with this question: "Why do singers I perceive as having accents (i.e. Adele, Bono, etc.) have those accents when they talk, but not when they
Each week Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books. If there’s something noteworthy going on in your local library, leave us a
How long have the fashionable people been referred to as "cool"? Where did the word "dude" come from? Here's a look at the origins of six calmly audacious words.
Sir Ken Robinson is an educator (a former professor) who believes that the fundamental principles we use to educate our children are wrong.
Swedish artist Sanna Dullaway loves to colorize historic photos. Something she does for fun, but also as a business.
Here's a new mentalfloss.com Brain Game Think Thursday challenge. Good luck!
Which of these presidential first names don't belong with the other three, and why?
50 Brilliant Fan-Made Remixes, Mash-Ups, and Supercuts That Will Be Strictly Prohibited Under SOPA.