The Emily Dickinson of Photography

Ransom Riggs

Vivian Maier was one of the best street photographers of her time -- and completely unknown.

Our Readers’ Favorite Bookstore Cats (Volume Two)

Miss Cellania

It doesn't take of lot of hard work for a cat to become famous: 1. get a job at a place where people gather, 2. have someone upload your photo to the internet, and 3.

Photos of Fascinating Fungi

Jill Harness

When you're used to seeing only buttons and portabella mushrooms, the fungi family may start to seem rather boring—though still delicious.

Brain Game: Five-by-Five Puzzle #11

It's Think Thursday here at the mental_floss Brain Game.

Morning Cup of Links: Opium and Ginger

Miss Cellania

The Incredible True Story of the Collar Bomb Heist. The complicated plot was doomed from the start, as was the man wearing the collar.

The Late Movies: Amy Sedaris's Crafts for Poor People

Chris Higgins

Amy Sedaris, star of Strangers With Candy and surprisingly successful craft maven, has her own YouTube channel!

The Quick 10: The Insurance Policies on 10 Famous Body Parts

Stacy Conradt

While most of us insure rather mundane things – lives, houses, cars – there’s a certain populace who make livings based on very specific body parts and need financial protection in case the ability to

James Ellroy's LA: City of Demons

Chris Higgins

James Ellroy, author of L.A. Confidential and The Black Dahlia has a new show premiering tonight (Wednesday, January 19) at 10pm Eastern on Investigation Discovery.

Recent Visitors to the mental_floss Store

Jason English

The front part of our Ohio office serves as our retail store, and people travel great distances to cross "visit the mental_floss retail store" off their bucket lists.

At the Libraries: Bestsellers From the Day You Were Born

Miss Kathleen

Every week, Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books. If there's something fun going on in your local library, leave us a

Talking Pictures: the Movie!

Ransom Riggs

It's been awhile since I've posted any new "talking pictures" -- I've been hard at work on the book! -- but over the weekend I was inspired to make this video about them.

Man Saved By Cellphone Battery

Jill Harness

Most people choose their cellphone based on available apps, keyboard placement, battery longevity, and other features, but here's one you've probably never considered: ability to stop a bull

Hoist the Mizzen, the Aurora Trust is on the Move

Allison Keene

Ahoy, me Hearties and scurvy dogs! Interested in shipwrecks on the high seas? Then the Aurora Trust should be your one-stop shop.

A Very Literal Spin on New Yorker Cartoons

Colin Patrick

As a bona fide comedy nerd I like to occasionally read The New Yorker to peruse the humorous bits and pieces it offers.

Brain Game: White Ink

The Wednesday Word Ladder has arrived. Don't crowd, folks; keep your positions.