Obscenity vs. Profanity vs. Vulgarity: What's the Difference?

Matt Soniak

The Dilemma: You just stubbed your toe or opened your 401(k) statement and you want to let loose with some language that would make a sailor blush.

A Message From Our Publisher

Jason English

Editor's Note: Will Pearson, the co-founder, President & Publisher of mental_floss, has a favor to ask.

What's in President Obama's Portfolio?

Greg Sabin

Last week, President Obama said that buying stock is a "potentially good deal if you've got a long-term perspective on it." So, the question is, what is the President investing in?

Be Amazing: Change Your Name

Be Amazing

Whether you're looking to start your own religion, swallow a sword, quit smoking, find Atlantis, buy the Moon, sink a battleship, perform your own surgeries, or become a ninja, our new book Be Am

Making an Impression

Special Guest Star

This week we're lucky to have guest blogger Elizabeth Lunday, author of Secret Lives of Great Artists: What Your Teachers Never Told You about Master Painters and Sculptors, spilling the dirt on

Dietribes: Three Cheers for Beer!

Allison Keene

"¢ We end a slew of holiday-related Dietribes with one familiar to so many of your Flossy hearts. In honor of the forthcoming St.

6 People Who Stole from the National Archives (Besides Nicolas Cage)

Scott Allen

The National Archives and Record Administration preserves billions of government and historical documents in facilities throughout the country, including 12 presidential libraries.

Brain Game: Squeeze Play

More math!? Not quite...

Why Are People Ashamed of Being Naked?

Ransom Riggs

Genesis tells us about the moment humans first "realized" they were naked, quickly followed by the moment they were first ashamed of being naked -- but it doesn't explain why humans wer

Rain: Who owns it? - How 4 states see it

David K. Israel

As water becomes harder and harder to find, especially in places like Arizona, New Mexico and California, new communities going up these days are being planned with rain water collectors for each home

Morning Cup of Links: Horrible Tattoos

Miss Cellania

The brainstorming sessions among George Lucas, Lawrence Kasdan, and Steven Spielberg that led to Raiders of the Lost Ark are now available for your reading pleasure.

Titanic Hero: Colin Campbell Cooper, Jr.

Andréa Fernandes

Colin Campbell Cooper, Jr., (1856-1937) would have celebrated his 153rd birthday this past Sunday.

Crazy Things The Brits Will Bet On

Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

Britons, it appears, will bet on anything, from whether it'll snow on Christmas to the outcome of the American presidential election, to not only whether Kate Winslet would win an Oscar this year

The 5pm Quiz: Name That Font

Sara Newton

When Helvetica turned 50 in 2007, it was honored with the release of an eponymous independent documentary film.

The Quick 10: 10 Girl Scout Cookie Crumbs

Stacy Conradt

Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies straight from the freezer"¦ is there anything better than that? I'm kind of salivating a little bit just thinking about them. Mmm.