The Height Gap


The Height Gap


How Important Is An Author Photo?

Ransom Riggs

The reason I ask is because I have to decide whether or not I want one on a book I have coming out next year (my first novel -- trust me, I'll be pestering all of you to buy it when we're cl

Christopher Walken Reads Things

Chris Higgins

It recently came to my attention that Christopher Walken has a history of doing spoken-word pieces, just reading stuff that sounds weird when he reads it (perhaps everything sounds weird when Walkeniz

Real World Superheroes of the Midwest

Miss Cellania

There are everyday folks who spend their free time anonymously helping their communities -anonymous because they are costumed superheroes!

The Number of the Day: 20

Will Treece

Using computers they borrowed from Google, an international team of mathematicians has discovered that every Rubik's Cube can be solved in 20 moves or less. Related Fact: The fastest anyone ha

The 2010 U.S. Air Guitar Championships

Jill Harness

If you thought that most people outgrow air guitar by the time they graduate high school, you'd be right...but that doesn't mean everyone matures at the same pace.

Brain Game: Julia's Tiles

Today's Brain Game combines wordplay with celebrity names. We've taken famous folk whose last names begin with "S" and turned that letter into a possessive for the first name.

Morning Cup of Links: Jelly Belly Flavors

Miss Cellania

Sweet Memories: How Jelly Belly Invents Flavors.

The Late Movies: The Jerk

Chris Higgins

In 1979, Steve Martin appeared in his first starring movie role. He played Navin R. Johnson in The Jerk, directed by Carl Reiner.

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.