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The Wheaton and Other Unusual Units of Measurement

Stacy Conradt the mag


David K. Israel

Kids weigh in on the recent death of Osama Bin Laden! Very

A Fake 80's Commercial for a Now-Real Fake 80's Toy

Chris Higgins

"Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear gives you lots o' hugs, and lots o' love, and lots o' fun, no matter where you are." -Narrator, faux 1983 commercial for Lots-o'-Huggin�

Books That Took Forever to Finish

Jason English

On Fridays, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else's reply, whatever you want.

Nightmarish Dollhouses Designed by a Madman

Ransom Riggs

Over at Fast Company there's a slideshow of incredible dollhouse interiors, all designed by a Santa-Claus-lookin' Frenchman who operates somewhere between the world of Franz Kafka and that o

What's On Your Movie Location Map?

Colin Patrick

If they made a map filled with all of the film characters associated with my hometown of Columbus, Ohio, it would contain an image of Nick Nolte from the obscure 1984 film Teachers (Filmed in Columbus

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

Man Reports Incorrect Change to Police Dexter White of North Charleston, South Carolina paid a drug dealer $60 for crack cocaine, but says he only received $20 worth.

Morning Cup of Links: Crime Math

Miss Cellania

A Mother’s Prayer for Her Child by Tina Fey. Amen. * In a project called Scitweets, Maia Weinstock enshrined your favorite internet scientists, science bloggers, and science journalists in Lego!

The Quick 10: The 10 Best Characters You've Never Seen

Stacy Conradt

Sometimes the characters we don't see end up having the most impact… and sometimes they're just a good running joke for a sitcom.

The Late Movies: Guess The Theme III

Mark Arminio

All right, it's late on Thursday, which means one thing: another series of songs for you to guess the theme!

4 Wildly Successful Companies Started by Stay-at-Home Moms

Ethan Trex

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, this week seemed like a great time to give a tip of our caps to stay-at-home moms, including these four who used clever ideas to become business moguls.

Six-Word Fact Contest Winners!

Jason English

Time to settle up our Six-Word Fact contest! The following people have all won mental_floss t-shirts. (Except Josh, who's married to one of our researchers.

Secrets of The Legend of Zelda Prototype

Chris Higgins

Last Christmas, a surprise popped up online: a prototype of The Legend of Zelda, the iconic Nintendo game.


Jill Harness

Airigami consists of using balloons (and air) to make works of art.

LibriVox: 1000s of Free, Crowdsourced Audiobooks

Ransom Riggs

Public domain books have been around for a long time, but until efforts like Project Gutenberg came along, getting your hands on them was no different than any other book: you'd have to check it