If You Blow Up Disco Records, They Will Come: Memorable Sports Promotions

Bud Shaw

Long live sports promotions, those marketing brainstorms that gave us Ted Turner riding an ostrich around Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium and, on another occasion, pushing a baseball on hands and knees

Twitter is Down. What's a "Distributed Denial of Service Attack"?

Chris Higgins

You may have heard that Twitter, the popular social message-sharing service, was down for several hours this morning as it fell victim to a DDoS attack, or Distributed Denial of Service attack.

The Secret Inner Workings of Netflix

Kara Kovalchik

The economy is stagnant and many businesses are struggling to stay afloat, yet Netflix consistently shows a profit.

Top 10 (Funny) Self-Defense Videos

David K. Israel

Ahh, the art of self-defense. Important to study, fun to laugh at. While we don't want to get defensive about our choices, this Top 10, is, of course, subjective.

Brain Game: Wouldn't It Be Dice?

Today's Brain Game involves good, old-fashioned six-sided dice. If you roll a single die, you have the same chance of rolling a 1 as you do rolling a 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6.

Musical Cats

Miss Cellania

Cats and music go together like Romeo and Juliet, rest and relaxation, or green eggs and ham. No one really knows why, but there they

Morning Cup of Links: Tattooed Librarians

Miss Cellania

The true story behind the Little House books.

The Late Movies: 15 MORE Musicians and Their Awesome Sesame Street Appearances

Chris Higgins

Last week's Musicians and Their Awesome Sesame Street Appearances was a big hit, so I thought I'd follow up with a whole bunch more Sesame Street musical performances.

31 Unbelievable High School Mascots

Jason English

Last week, we declared that the Laurel Hill Hoboes had the best high school nickname/mascot/logo combination.

The 5pm Quiz: Monty Python

Special Guest Star

The British are known for their stiff upper lips "“ but also for their sense of the absurd.

Ultimate Time-Waster: Super Mario Bros Online Games

Chris Higgins

Need a way to waste your afternoon instead of working? Why not play Infinite Mario Bros, an online Java-based Mario game made by a fan.

The Quick 10: 10 Bad Running Tips Once Thought to Be Good

Stacy Conradt

I'm a runner, sort of. I never was before a couple of years ago - I was always an elliptical in an air-conditioned gym kind of a girl.

A Warm Round of Applause for Our Newest Contributor

Bud Shaw

Editor's Note: The mental_floss staff emails around a lot of articles.

The Onion on

Jason English

The Onion published this fantastic story back in May, but I'm re-posting it today in honor of the 3,245th spam email I've received from this year ("Who left 1 signature i

Whatever Happened to U-2 Spy Gary Powers?

Eric Johnson

If you weren't alive when Francis Gary Powers got shot down over the Soviet Union, you probably heard about it in high school history.