QR Codes As Art

David K. Israel

In my previous posts on QR codes, all intended to help you gear up for our big QR Code Hunt in NYC next week, where you could win a brand new Ford Fiesta, I mentioned that they were invented by the Ja

Life Inside Hong Kong's Kowloon Walled City

Colin Patrick

After reading about Hong Kong’s Kowloon Walled City, I suddenly feel really guilty about all the times I’ve complained about my condo being too small.

Brain Game: G-54

By changing one letter at a time to form different English words, and leaving all other letters in their original positions, convert BINGO into DISCO in the fewest steps possible.

Morning Cup of Links: Dwarf Planets

Miss Cellania

Billions of dollars and a Hollywood biography doesn't hurt a bit.

At the Libraries: Overdue Books Land Woman in Jail

Miss Kathleen

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

The Late Movies: 11 Video Game Speedruns

Chris Higgins

A speedrun is the act of playing a video game (usually the entire thing from start to finish) as fast as possible.

How the Allies Used Germany's Serial Numbers Against Them

Dan Lewis

Dan Lewis runs the popular daily newsletter Now I Know ("Learn Something New Every Day, By Email"). We've invited him to share some of his stories on mental_floss this week.

The Quick 10: 10 Sequels to A Christmas Carol

Stacy Conradt

Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is one of the best-known Christmas tales in history.

Ben Franklin's 200+ Synonyms for "Drunk"

Jason English

Yesterday we ran a quiz titled "Monty Python Phrase or Ben Franklin Synonym for Drunk?" The quiz referred to Franklin's lengthy list of expressions meaning "inebriated" that h

10 Disabled Comic Book Superheroes

Mark Juddery

One of the great things about comics is that characters can be physically disabled, yet still be superhuman. Here are some of the great disabled superheroes. 1. Dr.

Card Game World Domination: The Rise of 'Dominion'

Keith Law

Most of the highly regarded “German-style” board games on the market today are true board games, with physical boards that are either set up at the game's start or built as the game goes along.

Almost Every Movie Released This Year ... In One Video

Ransom Riggs

These SuperCuts videos are getting crazier and crazier.

Fake Criterions

Colin Patrick

According to its website, the Criterion Collection, which includes film classics such as Spartacus, The 400 Blows, and Brazil, "has been dedicated to gathering the greatest films from around the

Connections TV Series Now Online

Chris Higgins

I wrote about James Burke's classic science show Connections way back in May, 2008. As I wrote then: "Connections was a documentary series produced for the BBC in 1978.

Dietribes: Chili Weather

Allison Keene

• Whether it came from the turn-of-the century prison system, the 1893 World's Fair or the Chili Queens of San Antonio (or from traditional dishes prepared by Mexicans living in the Southwest), c