The Late Movies: Prom?

Miss Cellania

It's that time of year again, in which high school students play out the traditional rituals of the junior/senior prom. However, some of the rituals have changed in the decades since I went.

Happy Obscura Day Eve!

Mangesh & Jason

On Saturday, the fine folks from Atlas Obscura are presenting Obscura Day, a celebration of the curious and underexplored corners of cities around the world. So many cool things are on the schedule

Revenge of the Nerds: Low-Tech Crooks vs. High-Tech Gadgets

Rob Lammle

It should come as no surprise that electronics are a popular target for thieves. Luckily for the victims of these crimes, not all robbers understand the technology they're stealing.

Exclusive: Mike Rowe Talks "Human Planet"

Chris Higgins

NOTE: My interview with Mike Rowe appears below a bunch of discussion of the documentary Human Planet.

The Number of the Day: 112

Jason English

In 2009, ABC News found 112 different spellings of Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi’s name. Related Fact: The longest was Mulazim Awwal Mu'ammar Muhammad Abu Minyar al-Qadhafi. [Source: ABC

How Long Have You Known Your Oldest Friend?

Jason English

On Fridays, 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.

A Visual History of Movie Computers

Colin Patrick

If action movies are to be believed, computers have the ability to pull up pretty much every single piece of information in just a few seconds and even the most impenetrable of high-security networks

Mental Floss on Facebook

Jason English

We talk a lot about our Twitter account, but you can also find us on Facebook. One day, we promise to do something really cool there.

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

Innovative, But Illegal Police in Lincoln, Nebraska arrested 40-year-old William Logan Jr. on a misdemeanor theft charge.

Sounds from Dangerous Places: Chernobyl

Ransom Riggs

I've devoted many a post to the way the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone -- that 25km swath evacuated around the Ukrainian nuclear reactor that failed in 1986 -- looked.

Brain Game: Susan's Weak Week

Ah, the end of the week, and it's time for Free-for-All Friday here at the Brain Game.

Morning Cup of Links: The View from Space

Miss Cellania

Star Wars the Musical. The 1996 high school stage production by the students of Palos Verdes Peninsula High School in its entirety (with subtitles).

The Quick Seven: Seven Sandwich Stories

Stacy Conradt

Next time you're getting ready to order a fabulously unhealthy lunch at your favorite diner, take a second to look over the menu.

The Late Movies: Music On The Go

Mark Arminio

Tonight for the Late Movies we have a series of music clips from some people on the go—either on trains, subways, taxis or even from the confines of their bathrooms.

What Made The AK-47 So Popular?

Ethan Trex

Over the last 64 years, the AK-47 has become the iconic rifle of choice for everyone from the Soviet military to terrorists to drug lords. Let’s take a look at the world’s most common assault