The inventors of Bubble Wrap were originally trying to make plastic wallpaper.
Last month we announced the Mental Floss Trivia Show was headed to Columbus, Ohio, this fall. We were immediately overwhelmed with emails from Columbus-area readers.
The Voyager 1 probe was launched in 1977.
The term "monochrome town" evokes an image of a dreary gray industrial area. It is not always so!
It's Think Thursday once again at the mentalfloss.com Brain Game, and today's puzzle may require some noggin effort (and a scratch pad).
The 3 Big Advances in the Technology of the Pizza Box. If you ever wondered what they put pizzas in before the box was invented, you'll find out in this article from The Atlantic.
When news broke last week that Rilo Kiley, one of my favorite bands, had broken up, I knew it was my responsibility to introduce my fellow nerds to their music.
Knowing _flossers like I do, many if not most of you have experienced McDonald's outside the U.S. because, hey, you like to travel and see the world, right?
In 1984, Donruss released what some collectors consider one of the greatest baseball card sets of all time.
In late 2010, Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon performed a medley of hip-hop songs starting with Sugar Hill Gang and ending with Jay-Z and Alicia Keys.
According to the 2011 GMAC Insurance National Drivers Test, 36.9 million American drivers—18%—couldn't pass the written drivers test today.
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I always knew there were a wide variety of sands, and that they were all made from worn down shells and rocks.
Yesterday was the 70th anniversary of the launch of Winston Churchill's WWII "V for Victory" campaign. To mark the occasion, LIFE.com gathered up color photos taken in London during the
While the sensational fall of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire is chronicled this week by media outlets everywhere, we thought we’d get to the bottom of a less sensational question: Why are gossipy newsp
Today's Wednesday Wordplay puzzle is a new set of entries in a popular challenge we ran on the mentalfloss.com Brain Game back in March.
Phillip Mendonça-Vieira accidentally found himself in the possession of 12,000 screenshots of the New York Times homepage, which he arranged into a video for your perusal.