6 Famous Pirate Ships

Scott Allen

Somali pirates, who wield automatic weapons and attack unsuspecting victims from speedboats, are changing the way we think about pirates and pirate ships.

Odds/Ends: The _floss & The Journal

Jason English

Breaking news-industry news: The Wall Street Journal will be running some mental_floss stories on, which should greatly impress our banker friends.

Brain Game: Old Money

You don't see $2 bills like this very often, but they're legal tender and are still printed every few years.

Scotch for Beginners

Ransom Riggs

I've been a member of the Los Angeles Scotch Club since it was founded back in 2006, and in the past six months or so, we've noticed a marked uptick in interest and attendance.

Morning Cup of Links: Meet Your New Saints!

Mario Marsicano

Hello, mental_floss readers. I'm filling in for Miss Cellania while she gets a well-deserved week off.

The London Marathon

Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

After living in Boston for six years, I'm a bit of a marathon snob.

R.I.P. Bea Arthur

Kara Kovalchik

mental_floss mourns the loss of Beatrice Arthur, who died of cancer Saturday at the age of 86 (and joins cast mate Estelle Getty in that big Shady Pines in the sky).

The Bloke Who Does Blotches and Scribbles: Cy Twombly

Andréa Fernandes

At the request of reader Corrine, and in honor of his 81st birthday, today's post features Cy Twombly, who's "known as the bloke who does blotches and scribbles." Shown above is h

The Weekend Links

Allison Keene

From Dail, "Everyone knows that Leon Trotsky was assassinated in Mexico in 1940.

Upcoming: $50 Challenge!

Andréa Fernandes

Get your magazines (May/June '09 issue) handy and come back next weekend for our $50 challenge.

There's a Little Bit of Belgium in Every U.S. Dollar Bill

Latitude News

by Albena Shkodrova/Latitude

The Quick 10: 10 Famous Trains

Stacy Conradt

It was this month in 1900 that Mr. John Luther Jones (that's Casey to you and me) lost his life while manning the Cannonball Express.

10 Aphrodisiacs Around the World

the mag

Humans have had a long-running affair with foods believed to entice or enhance sexual performance, and it's led to a host of recipes for stirring up some mojo.

Making a Chair That Does More

Chris Higgins

Niels Diffrient is an old-school industrial designer, best known for his Freedom Chair -- an ergonomic office chair that auto-adjusts to the user.

Did You Take Your Daughter (Or Son) To Work Yesterday?

Jason English

1. Yesterday was Take Your Daughter (Or Son) To Work Day. Did any of you take your daughter (or son) to work? Did you ever go to work with one of your parents as part of a past installment of TYDTWD?