Burpy, Hickey, Chesty and Other Alternate Dwarf Names

Stacy Conradt

Disney and co. went through dozens of names before deciding on the seven we know today.

Dungeons & Drawings

Chris Higgins

If you're a geek of a certain age and inclination, you remember the Monster Manual -- a compendium of monsters for Dungeons & Dragons, including vital statistics (does the monster breathe

Remembering 10 People We Lost in 2010

Mark Juddery

This past year, like every year, many celebrated and significant people left us – an eclectic group, from Alexander Haig to Gary Coleman, from Lynn Redgrave to J.D. Salinger.

Virus Could Extend the Life of Batteries

Jill Harness

The tobacco mosaic virus may be a devastating plant blight that destroys over 125 types of crops, including tomatoes, tobacco and peppers, but it also could increase the lifespan of a typical lithium

Brain Game: Say Hello to Atus

In order to attend to family matters, Brain Games is closing up shop for the rest of 2010.

Morning Cup of Links: The Red Shadow

Miss Cellania

Cahokia, America's Forgotten City. Hundreds of years before St.

mental_floss: Now on Tumblr!

Jason English

We've gotten a lot of requests to get active on Tumblr. OK, two requests. And really, they were just questions.

The Late Movies: TubaChristmas

Erica Palan

For the last 36 years, tuba (and euphonium) players all over the world have gathered to celebrate the holiday season by playing traditional Christmas tunes together.

Exclusive Jane Fonda Interview

David K. Israel

A colleague of mine, the YouTube sensation Lisa Nova, scored a rare, personal interview with Jane Fonda last week after the two connected via Twitter.

18 Facts About Your Favorite Christmas TV Specials

Kara Kovalchik

Here are some behind-the-scenes tidbits about a handful of holiday small-screen favorites.

NYC QR Code Hunt Winners!

David K. Israel

Meet your winners! This _flossy pair did the entire QR code hunt in a staggering 30 minutes!

These Aren't Your Grandparents' Bananas

Dan Lewis

Dan Lewis runs the popular daily newsletter Now I Know ("Learn Something New Every Day, By Email"). We've invited him to share some of his stories on mental_floss this month.

It's Official: Talking Pictures Will Be A Book!

Ransom Riggs

Some of you might be wondering why it's been a few weeks since there's been an installment of Talking Pictures.

QR Code Hunt Starting Locations!

David K. Israel

As promised, here are your four starting locations, brought to you by the good folks at our favorite NYC pizza chain, Two Boots! Two Boots 74 Bleecker Street New York, NY 10012 Two Boo

Awesomely Geeky Christmas Decor

Jill Harness

I love the holidays, especially all the traditional preparation involved: baking cookies, decorating the house, trimming the tree, buying Christmas presents and all the rest of the rituals.