Found Objects


Found Objects


Armchair Field Trip: Stearns Wharf

David K. Israel

I just got back from a week in Ojai, CA, a destination worthy of its own post.

Morning Cup of Links: Dancing Inmates

Miss Cellania

Author and illustrator Maira Kalman took a trip to Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson.

The Grandmother of Canadian Native Art: Daphne Odjig

Andréa Fernandes

Back at the end of May, I promised to cover 13 artists from 13 different countries in the 13 "Feel Art Again" posts for the month of June.

Why Does Bottled Water Have an Expiration Date?

Matt Soniak

Our very own Jason English is wondering why his Poland Spring has a "drink by" date on when clean water in a clean, sealed bottle really shouldn't spoil.

The Weekend Links

Allison Keene

If this traffic cone monster was paired with that "Zombies ahead" sign, it might be one of the greatest roadside attractions I could imagine.

The Weekly Recap

Jason English

In case you weren't obsessively refreshing all week, here's what you missed: Top 5 Stories Originally Posted This

Fan of How Did You Know?

David K. Israel

Go ahead and make it official, and join more than 260 hunters who already have. WHY?

11 Magazines This Magazine Likes

Jason English

If you're only going to subscribe to one magazine, we obviously think it should be ours.

The Quick 10: 10 Facts About Amusement Parks

Stacy Conradt

With the long Fourth of July weekend coming up, I bet at least some of our _flossy readers are headed to an amusement park to celebrate with roller coasters, cotton candy and water slides.

5 Things You Didn't Know About Wilt Chamberlain

Ethan Trex

Wilt Chamberlain. The mere mention of the Big Dipper's name evokes images of hoops dominance and romantic impossibilities.

Anthropology Lessons: Endangered Cultures

Chris Higgins

Wade Davis is a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence (an awesome-sounding job that I kinda want) and an anthropologist.

The mental_floss Outlet Store: Select Shirts $12

Jason English

It's only June, but our Chagrin Falls (Ohio) office is already gearing up for the holiday season. Part of that gearing up is clearing room for all the new t-shirts we have up our sleeves.

Jeff Goldblum, on the Other Hand, is Not

Ransom Riggs

My wife and I were talking about all the high-profile celebrity deaths of late, when she mentioned one I somehow hadn't heard about: Jeff Goldblum.

Between The Liner Notes: 6 Things You Can Learn By Obsessing Over Album Artwork

Mark Arminio

There's something exciting about unwrapping a new CD. The sense of anticipation, the smell of the packaging, the struggle with the sticky, impossible-to-open white anti-theft strip.

Deaths ALWAYS Happen in Threes. Right?

Jason English

1. With Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett and MIchael Jackson passing away this week, I've heard dozens of references to the irrefutable "deaths happen in threes" rule.