Alter Egos


Alter Egos


Acrylic Portraits on a Human Canvas

Jill Harness

If you noticed something strange about this painting, you're right. The fact is, it's not actually a painting at all.

Census Questions: A Once-a-Decade FAQ

Ethan Trex

If you're the head of an American household, the odds are a little better than even that you've already mailed back your census form.

Brain Game: Swish!

By changing one letter at a time to form different English words, and leaving all other letters in their original positions, convert the word BALL into the word HOOP in six (or fewer) steps.

Morning Cup of Links: Tuxedo-ed Tabby

Miss Cellania

Scientists have synthesized element 117, which fills in the hole on the periodic table.

The Late Movies: Karaoke Songs

Erica Palan

While I don't consider myself a shy person, one thing I've never had the guts to do is sing my heart out in public.

The Quick 10: 10 Awesome Works of LEGO

Stacy Conradt

You may not know who Ole Kirk Christensen was, but you see the effect he had on pop culture (and architecture) every time you find yourself in the toy aisle at Target.

Math Professor Vs. His Own Shadow

Chris Higgins

Matthew Weathers is a math professor at Biola University, and he likes a good gag.

Apple's iPad - some observations

David K. Israel

I just typed "iPad" into the mental_floss back-end search engine and was amazed to discover that we haven't yet written anything substantial on this possibly game-changing device.

Support Your Local Library (But...How?)

Jason English

I got a very nice email last night from a librarian in New York.

Our Adorable Relatives: 9 Tiny Primates

Miss Cellania

The biological order of primates includes humans, apes, and monkeys. It also includes prosimians, which are smaller, more primitive animals that we recognize as cute enough to be our relatives. 1.

Brain Game: Sandy Echo Pod Raise

These are all phrases which, when spoken aloud, sound similar to the names of certain Major League Baseball teams. An example?

Biosphere 2 as it Stands Today

Ransom Riggs

Photographer Noah Sheldon recently toured what remains of Biosphere 2, Arizona's ambitious, once-thriving experiment in closed-system ecology. (Also see the movie Biodome.

Morning Cup of Links: Rock the Yurt

Miss Cellania

Unpaid internships are a handy way for employers to get free labor, often illegally.

The Late Movies: Creative Dialogue Replacement

Ransom Riggs

It was only a matter of time before we got to this. presents: HDYK? - {day 5}

David K. Israel

It's an all-new 5-day trivia hunt! Co-puzzle Master Josh Halbur and I are happy to bring you the next How Did You Know? sponsored by the extraordinary video sharing site