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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

Morning Cup of Links: Vader and the Baby

Miss Cellania

The Situation Room Meme: The Shortest Route From Bin Laden to Lulz.

Why Do We Need Libraries?

Miss Kathleen

Each 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

The Late Movies: Inventors

Chris Higgins

Last week I pointed to a profile of Steven Sasson, Inventor of the Digital Camera. But his short interview is just the latest in a string of inventor profiles by David Friedman.

News: Kids Don't Know Who the Beatles Were

Chris Higgins

I admit, it's possible to make a video demonstrating ignorance about any topic -- just go ask people stuff on the street until you get enough "dumb" answers, and away you go.

The Number of the Day: 200,000

Colin Patrick

Author and professor Philip M. Parker has written more than 200,000 books - aided in large part by a knowledge-gathering computer program he created himself.

Calling All Interns!

Jason English

If you're a great writer overflowing with brilliant ideas for stories and quizzes and you'll be in the New York area this summer, you could be our next intern!


Ransom Riggs

“One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams, he discovered that he had been changed into an adorable kitten.” So begins the latest literary mash-up from our friends at Quirk Books

Biological Warfare in the American Revolution?

Matt Soniak

Popular culture has given us the idea that war used to be less vicious and more orderly.