The Late Movies: The Many Faces of Tom Waits

Ransom Riggs

A lot of people know Tom Waits' music -- his bassy growl of a voice, clanking rhythm sections and anachronistic, wheezing accordions and harmoniums sound like no one else.

The Quick 8: 8 Other Olympic Tragedies

Stacy Conradt

You've no doubt heard about the terrible luge accident that took place before the Olympics' opening ceremony this weekend "“ while on a training run, Georgian Nodar Kumaritashvili was t

IBM Invents Jeopardy-Playing Computer

Chris Higgins

IBM has created a supercomputer that plays the TV game show Jeopardy. In English. And yes, it buzzes in.

Valentine's Day at the mental_floss Store

Jason English

Did you do anything special for Valentine's Day? Already planning next year's romantic adventure?

Europe's "Iron Harvest"

Ransom Riggs

World War I ended nearly 100 years ago, but in some places along what used to be the Western Front, in France and Belgium and near the Swiss border, the shadow of death and danger cast by that war liv

Solar Trash Compactors

Miss Cellania

Whatever happened to home trash compactors?

The Creeping Fig

David K. Israel

The other night I was watching the Valentines episode of The Office and had to pause the TiVo.

Can Science Bring Sexy Back?

Jill Harness

If you've ever noticed that most relationships go through a brief period of intense sexual attraction that eventually morphs into intimate cuddling sessions, you may have been observing a couple&

Brain Game: Math Square #12

The nine white squares inside the main red grid should be filled with the digits 1 through 9. Each digit should appear only once in this main grid. Two of these numbers are already provided for you.

Morning Cup of Links: Crash Blossoms

Miss Cellania

"Crash Blossoms" are ambiguous headlines that can be quite funny. There's even a blog that collects them. (via Metafilter) * We May Soon Be Able to Clone Neanderthals. But Should We?

The Weekend Links: Sunday Edition

Allison Keene

What type are you? And by type I mean typeface. Any other Pistilli Roman's out there?

10 Aphrodisiacs From Around the World

the mag

By Kelly Ferguson Humans have had a long-running affair with foods believed to entice or enhance sexual performance, and it's led to a host of recipes for stirring up some mojo.

The Weird & Scary History of Winter Olympic Mascots

Scott Allen

Some of them are adorable. Some of them are atrocious. All of them are, on some level, creepy. They are the mascots of the Winter Olympic Games, and these are their stories. 1968: Schuss "“

Epic Olympic Win!

David K. Israel

Here at mental_floss, we're all about the Olympics.

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Jason English

In case you weren't obsessively refreshing all week, here's what you