At the Libraries: Judging People by Their Book Covers

Miss Kathleen

Every week, Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of library-related items.

9 Historic People Whose Bodies May Be Missing

Stacy Conradt

People Who Will Be at the Idea Festival Besides Us

Mangesh & Jason

As we mentioned the other day, our co-founder Will Pearson will be representing mental_floss at the Idea Festival in Louisville, which runs from September 29th through October 2nd.

Last Week's Giveaway Winners

Jason English

We owe some people some books! Our jury has reached verdicts in last week's giveaways. Here's who won, what they won, and

Happy Belated Birthday, Betty Boop!

Jill Harness

Betty Boop celebrated her 80th birthday this month, as her first appearance on film occurred on August 9, 1930.

Bar Trivia: Who Caught Brett Favre's First NFL Completion?

Jason English

Brett Favre's first NFL completion was caught by...Brett Favre! (It was deflected.) It happened on September 13, 1992, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Favre's second season.

Cab Calloway Sings for Betty Boop in 1933 (Video)

Chris Higgins

So how's this for awesome: in 1933, animator Roland Crandall singlehandedly animated a seven-minute Betty Boop cartoon (a version of Snow White) in only six months.

We're Looking for a Few Good Party-Throwers

Jason English

Before the launch of Split Decision this fall, we're giving away 25 copies of the game to readers who promise to throw Split Decision parties and send us photos (and video, if you'd like).

12 Evolutionary Miniatures

Jill Harness

When resources are scarce in an area, the animals dealing with such scarcity will often evolve to be smaller, and thus use less resources.

Public Transportation is for the Birds (and Dogs and Goats)

Rob Lammle

We've all heard of snakes on a plane, but what about cats on a bus? Or dogs on a subway?

Quantum Lung

David K. Israel

Here at the _floss, we don't usually do product reviews or promote many items other than the goodies we sell in our store. It's just never been part of our brand.

Presidential Film Favorites

Allison Keene

They may not have much time to keep up with the latest box office hits, but recent presidents have all been avowed movie fans. Barack Obama loves The Godfather (Parts I and II ...

Brain Game: But Not 'Cows'

Besides being four letters long (and ending in the same three letters) what specific and unusual property do these three words share? BOWS, ROWS, SOWS Here is the SOLUTION. SOLUTION: Th

Cute Overload: Marcel the Shell With Shoes On

Ransom Riggs

This is uber-cute and worth repeated viewings -- but there's a bit of an underlying story, to my mind.

Morning Cup of Links: Waffle Pizzas

Miss Cellania

The 20 Weirdest Apartment Buildings in the World. At least from the outside; inside they might be perfectly normal as far as I know. * Eels are strange and alien to the eye.