Reading mental_floss Can Really Pay Off

Rob Lammle

There's no question that reading a mental_floss story can pay off during Trivial Pursuit, or when you're trying to impress someone at a cocktail party.

Last Week's Most Popular Stories

Jason English

In case you weren't obsessively refreshing all week, here's what you

The Weekend Links: Saturday Edition

Allison Keene

In honor of my first word, my first link this week concerns owls: Francesca has sent in this link to a live owl webcam focusing on a mother owl and her 4 owlets.

Lunchtime Quiz Leftovers

Jason English

The Late Movies: Cats in the Bathroom

Miss Cellania

Cats are fascinated with the bathroom. Yes, there are house cats who use the toilet for the same purpose humans do, but there are no videos of that here.

Literally the Best Blog Ever (Actually, Figuratively)

Chris Higgins

I can't tell you how often I hear someone use the term "literally" when he or she means "figuratively." It bugs me nearly as much as "misused" quotation marks.

The Quick 10: 10 Twinkie Tidbits

Stacy Conradt

We've neglected a very important anniversary on the _floss this week - Twinkies turned 80 years old on Wednesday!

Your Favorite Grade School Computer Games

Jason English

Every Friday, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else's reply, whatever you want. Very casual.

Artistic Imagery by Mother Earth

Jill Harness

It takes the average artist years of intense practice and some level of natural skills to be able to create artwork that attracts interest, but with millions of years of practice and a bit of blind lu

Where to buy even briefer Briefs!

Mangesh Hattikudur

Our good friend Alex at Neatorama just spent a year building the Neatoshop-- an online outlet filled with strange and hilarious gifts.

5 Things You Didn't Know About Kelsey Grammer

Ethan Trex

TV audiences have long enjoyed Kelsey Grammer for his masterful portrayal of two very different characters: Dr. Frasier Crane and Sideshow Bob.

9 Noteworthy Minor League Debuts

Scott Allen

On Sunday, Washington Nationals phenom Stephen Strasburg will make his minor league debut for the Double-A Harrisburg Senators against the Altoona (Pa.) Curve.

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

Skeleton Replaces Copenhagen Mermaid Denmark's iconic statue of Hans Christian Anderson's The Little Mermaid normally sits in the Copenhagen Harbor, but left last week for temporary residen

Brain Game: Oscar from the Waist Down

Oscar went to a men's store and purchased five items of lower-body clothing: a pair of boxers, a pair of dress pants, a pair of jeans, a pair of shorts, and a pair of sweatpants.

Neil deGrasse Tyson Makes the Case for NASA

Ransom Riggs

It's been awhile since the United States had a space mission that inspired our whole nation.