Language Pet Peeves

David K. Israel

When it comes to the way people use the English language, I've got a pantload of pet peeves.

Johnny Cash and a Delightful New Child Star in Door-to-Door Maniac

Ethan Trex

You knew Johnny Cash could sing, but you’re probably less familiar with his dramatic output. Let’s rectify that.

Look Up! Incredible Ceiling Designs

Jill Harness

While the only ceiling art most people are familiar with is the famous mural on the Sistine Chapel, it's certainly not the only ceiling worth a look.

Brain Game: Steamy Destitute

If my calculations are correct - and I'm not certain they are - today's Brain Game is the 777th one we've published here at

Morning Cup of Links: The Pinwheel Galaxy

Brian Abrams

NASA’s Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer captured a stunning shot of the M101, a.k.a.

The Late Movies: Late Night Hosts on Late Night Shows That Aren't Their Own

Allison Lex

In need of content during the 2007-2008 Writer's Guild of America strike, comedians Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, and Conan O'Brien created an elaborate faux feud to attract viewers, which c

How Wildman Whitehouse Destroyed the Transatlantic Cable

Stacy Conradt

We're pretty used to our instantaneous communications these days, aren't we? We get mad when an email takes too long to send or if a page takes more than five seconds to load.

Trivia Show Update: Indy, Here We Come!

Jason English

Image credit: HstryQT I can announce one more stop on our Mental Floss Trivia Show tour—we're headed for Indianapolis! Save the date: Thursday, September 1st.

7 of the World's Craziest Roads

Haley Sweetland Edwards

Pack the jerky, a few friends, and maybe a few extra hundreds for those hefty gas prices. ‘Tis the season for summer road trips! wants to help you read more/less

David K. Israel

If you're like me, _flossers, you spend a lot of time online wishing you had more time to read longer pieces, or, alternately, that there was less to read.

Help Us Find These 1970s AT&T Engineers

Chris Higgins

In this 1975 AT&T film, five female AT&T engineers are profiled. The film starts with male attitudes towards women working as engineers.

Saturday Night Live's Anyone Can Host Contest

Colin Patrick

Recently, while reading an oral history of Saturday Night Live, I happened upon a fact I’d long since forgotten. You probably recall that Betty White became the oldest person to host the late night

The World's Only Analog Blogger

Ransom Riggs

As far as we know, a Liberian man named Alfred Sirleaf is the world's only analog blogger.

Brain Game: Math Square #83

Summer's here and the time is right for the Monday Math Square at the Brain Game! The nine white squares inside the main red grid should be filled with the digits 1 through 9.

Are Playgrounds Too Safe?

Jill Harness

Many of us grew up in an era when playgrounds were still risky fun. But playgrounds have become increasingly stripped of their potentially dangerous equipment.