In 1726, Mary Toft convinced British doctors that she was giving birth to rabbits.
As a writer, I have definitely gotten my share of rejection letters. It's a bit disheartening, to be sure.
Throughout last year's election, Nate Silver ran a fascinating website called FiveThirtyEight, named after the number of electors in the United States electoral college.
In our tough economic climate, it's worth reminding ourselves that losing a job might not be the end of the world.
As you recall, we've started a new feature on this blog called No Small Tales. The idea is to publish one short story a month by and up-and-coming author.
In this third installment of Angels of Death, we'll take a look at several serial medical murderers you may have never heard of.
At the Huxtable household, Valentine's Day is a special day.
We don't write much about poetry here at the floss, which is something I'm considering changing, since it's so easy to post, talk about and enjoy.
Titanoboa cerrejonensis was a prehistoric snake that grew up to 15 meters long and could swallow crocodiles whole! Luckily, it would never be able to hide on a plane.
In every Pixar film, you'll find at least one reference to another Pixar movie, but usually there are a whole lot more.
Richard Preston is best known for his book The Hot Zone, a thriller about the Ebola virus.
If you've ever had a great idea for a mental_floss shirt, now's your chance to profit from it. We're once again accepting t-shirt slogans.
The onion has been traced back as far as the Bronze Age and was worshipped by the Ancient Egyptians (and eaten by the Israelites during their bondage in Egypt).
Every now and again, we post a quick round-up of what our friends (as determined by their inclusion in our 'Friends of the Floss' list on our homepage) are doing.
Every night, unsuspecting basketball fans at arenas throughout the country are given a shot "“ or shots "“ at the adulation of thousands and promotional prizes ranging from gift certificates
Often little more than a rote exercise for celebrities on tightly-managed publicity tours, interviews can be the endless talking heads that make people think all documentaries are snooze-fests or fill