J.K. Rowling invented Quidditch in a pub.
Every kidnapping is a tragedy, but most involve people unfamiliar to the public. Occasionally, though, there are celebrity kidnappings on par with the Lindbergh baby and Patricia Hearst.
In the old days, many of the great documentaries were about hardship in exotic lands (Nanook of the North) or deeply significant world events (Night and Fog, Triumph of the Will).
Fifty years ago today, a plane crashed shortly after taking off from Clear Lake, Iowa, killing all four people aboard. They were pilot Roger Peterson, Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and J.P.
Monopoly was always one of my favorite board games, and I won more than my share of games, but IÂ was alwaysÂ a stickler for the rules.
Hugh Rienhoff's daughter has a rare genetic defect that doctors can't identify or treat, so he took it upon himself to sequence her DNA.
When I met Rod Blagojevich at a Chicago Cubs game in 2007 (that's us), he was a wily incumbent who had just won easy reelection despite longstanding rumors of corruption.
If you've made it this far, I commend you! One more puzzle to solve and you're home free.
1. The sled from Citizen Kane. One of the balsa wood sleds (there were a couple, and one pine sled) was sold for $60,500 in 1982. Its new owner? Steven Spielberg. 2.
Author Peter Ward thinks he knows how the Earth will end. Well, perhaps not end, but cease being Earthlike -- the comfy place we know and love that supports mammalian life.
For the last of our January book giveaways, we asked you to design a class for the fictional mental_floss_university.
The first wheelchairs didn't just transport the disabled. They were also good for toting dirt, stone and construction supplies around
The middle finger is one of our species' oldest and most ubiquitous insulting gestures. But why is waving one of your fingers offensive?
On Sunday, Ben Roethlisberger became the tenth quarterback to start in two or more Super Bowl wins. We've put two minutes on the clock.
Ever since the Raiders of the Lost Ark rocked my childhood, I've been a big fan of anything that combines archaeology and the supernatural.
You're starting a new year at a new school. YouÂ arrive in the morning with a notebook and most of the other essentials.