The eye chart with the big "E" on top is called a Snellen Chart.
A recently identified portrait of William Shakespeare, if genuine, would be the only true likeness we have of The Bard. And it looks better than you'd expect.
Weather permitting, the space shuttle Discovery will take off from the Kennedy Space Center on Wednesday at 9:20 p.m.
Once upon a time, TV shows opened up in full screen (no ratings sticker, no "bug" at the bottom promoting another show); they had opening credits (complete with often-catchy theme songs); th
Something about dying on your birthday seems very neat and tidy to me. Despite this, not many people seem to manage it. But here are 10 who did:1.
In this TED Talk from February 1998, Purple Moon founder Brenda Laurel asks: why aren't there videogames for little girls, when there are so many for little boys?
On March 8, we announced a $50 challenge.
Whether you're looking to start your own religion, swallow a sword, quit smoking, find Atlantis, buy the Moon, sink a battleship, perform your own surgeries, or become a ninja, our new book Be Am
Longtime readers may recall a number of other films I've created for mental_floss, including Famous Last Words and Attack of the Parasites!
This week we're lucky to have Elizabeth Lunday, author of Secret Lives of Great Artists: What Your Teachers Never Told You about Master Painters and Sculptors guest blogging with us.
Our Creatively Speaking interview series continues today with not one, but two authors who go by the name Charles Todd.
Barbie turns 50 today! Inventor Ruth Handler introduced the fashion doll at the American International Toy Fair on March 9th, 1959. The doll's full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.
Today's Brain Game is easier than most, inÂ somber memory ofÂ the hour that we lost over the weekend. I miss it already.
You know, the games of golf and pool have a lot in common.
The last imperial Chinese eunuch died in 1996. His life is the subject of book recently translated into English. (via Boing Boing)
The Rise and Fall of Nazi Dinosaurs.
Former Monkee Peter Tork recently underwent surgery for Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma.
It's time for another edition of The First Time News Was Fit To Print, where we travel into the archives of The New York Times and find the first time the paper covered various subjects.