These Aren't Your Grandparents' Bananas

Dan Lewis

Dan Lewis runs the popular daily newsletter Now I Know ("Learn Something New Every Day, By Email"). We've invited him to share some of his stories on mental_floss this month.

It's Official: Talking Pictures Will Be A Book!

Ransom Riggs

Some of you might be wondering why it's been a few weeks since there's been an installment of Talking Pictures.

QR Code Hunt Starting Locations!

David K. Israel

As promised, here are your four starting locations, brought to you by the good folks at our favorite NYC pizza chain, Two Boots! Two Boots 74 Bleecker Street New York, NY 10012 Two Boo

Awesomely Geeky Christmas Decor

Jill Harness

I love the holidays, especially all the traditional preparation involved: baking cookies, decorating the house, trimming the tree, buying Christmas presents and all the rest of the rituals.

Wearing Light

Miss Cellania

Last night, talk show host Conan O'Brien revealed his holiday decorations (which includes Godzilla, King Kong, and the Christmas UFO) while wearing a Santa Claus beard composed of tree lights.

8 Decidedly Unromantic Facts About Mistletoe

Alisson Clark

1. Mistletoe, not unlike some you may have smooched beneath it, is a parasite. The plant sucks water and minerals through a sinister-sounding bump called a haustorium that forms on the host tree.

Carl Sagan's "Pale Blue Dot" Lives On

Chris Higgins

"We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it's forever." -Carl Sagan So ends this inspiring video in which Sagan reads from his classic Pale Blue Dot, while we see famou

Brain Game: Hoof on Roof

By changing one letter at a time to form different English words, and leaving all other letters in their original positions, convert REIN into DEER in the fewest steps possible.

Morning Cup of Links: Double Dreamhands!

Miss Cellania

The Most Heroic Animals of 2010. Read stories of dogs, cats, horses, dolphins, rabbits, and a cow that might leave you a little verklempt.

In the Market for Monster Supplies?

Jill Harness

If you've ever been to 826 Valencia (aka The Pirate Store) in San Francisco or The Brooklyn Superhero Supply Store, then you're already familiar with the concept behind the Hoxton Street Mon

The Late Movies: Awesome Videos for Charity

Ransom Riggs

In case you missed it, last weekend's Project for Awesome was an incredible and sort of unprecedented outpouring of activism on behalf of (what seemed like) the entire YouTube community.

The Quick 10: Merriam-Webster's Top Ten Words of 2010

Stacy Conradt

As a self-proclaimed word nerd, I love when the word of the year is announced.

Who is ready to win a NEW CAR tomorrow?

David K. Israel

We're less than 24 hours away now! Tomorrow morning, at precisely 10:30am, we will announce your four starting locations right here on this blog (also on the following Twitter accounts: @menta

Five Whiskeys Dad Will Love

Ransom Riggs

Tis the season, and if you're like a lot of gift-buyers out there, Dad is both the easiest and the hardest family member to shop for -- sure, you can always get him golf clubs or bottles of fancy

DanKam: Colorblindness "Corrective Lenses" for Your Smartphone

Chris Higgins

I'm not colorblind, I'm just "green-weak." At least that's what I tell everyone.