Found Objects


Found Objects


The Quick 10: How 10 Works of Art Were Discovered

Stacy Conradt

It was this month in 1820 that a peasant farming the fields stumbled across one of the greatest artistic finds in history: the Venus de Milo.

The 5pm Quiz: Don Cherry Outfit or Clown Costume?

Jason Plautz

Yesterday's 5pm Quiz asked you to simply name all 30 NHL teams. Today's is a little different.

How Early Is Too Early for TV Nudity?

Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

Full frontal nudity on public television "“ before 9

8 Countries & States That Moved Their Capitals

Ethan Trex

Learning state and national capitals is a time-honored way of boring schoolchildren during geography lessons.

Screen Grabs from The Simpsons

Chris Higgins

Okay, this is just the best kind of silly.

Odds/Ends: 15%-Off T-Shirts & An Internship Update

Jason English

The 97th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic has come and gone, but our 15%-off t-shirt sale continues.

FREE Magazine Sneak Peek: Bungled Crimes Galore!

Mangesh & Jason

I don't know about you, but nothing makes us happier than a dumb criminal story. Which is why we commissioned a whole bunch of them for the new mental_floss, hitting stands in just 4 days!

6 of Your Favorite Local Characters

Miss Cellania

This is the fifth and final installment of a series on local characters whose fame spread by way of the internet.

Scriptcasting with John August

Ransom Riggs

I graduated from USC film school a few years ago, and one of the things I do when I'm not blogging is write screenplays (and make films, shameless plug!), but I don't blog much about writing

Brain Game: Pick Three

Herbert served as the neighborhood's local runner; he'd collect money and "Pick Three" lottery numbers from his neighbors and would then buy the tickets all at once.

Remembering Harry Kalas

David K. Israel

I don't think I've ever waxed sentimental here in all the years I've been blogging for, but with the sudden death of Hall of Fame broadcaster Harry Kalas this week, I�

Morning Cup of Links: Wolf Loves Pork

Miss Cellania

The Big Similarities & Quirky Differences Between Our Left and Right Brains.

The Best Albums from Start to Finish

Chris Higgins

The Onion A.V. Club brings us a super fun piece on albums that work best when listened to from start to finish.

The Quick 10: 10 Places I Demanded to Stop on my Road Trip

Stacy Conradt

Heeelloooo, _flossers! I'm back from my whirlwind road trip to Florida. I think we spent more time in the car than we did actually in the Sunshine State, but that's OK.

11 Celebrity Marathoners

Scott Allen

Next Monday, 25,000 people will gather in Hopkinton, Mass., for the start of the 113th Boston Marathon, the world's oldest annual marathon.