7 More Unforgettable Local Characters

Miss Cellania

In this fourth post of the series about local characters, we'll take a look at some colorful citizens who are well known in Peoria, San Marcos, Montreal, New Haven, Wheeling, Ocean City, and Omah

Brain Game: Cal's Free Wheels

Calvin's father owned a used car lot, and he promised the 22-year-old college student that he'd give him one of the best cars in his lot upon graduation, as long as he could prove that

The strange history of "Mahna Mahna"

David K. Israel

Who doesn't love that great song "Mahna Mahna" from Sesame Street?

Morning Cup of Links: Passover Miracles

Miss Cellania

Scientific explanations for the parting of the Red Sea, the 10 plagues, and the burning bush.

The 5pm Quiz: Skin Disease or Dungeons and Dragons Character?

Jason Plautz

Unlike Dungeons and Dragons, this game is simple. We'll give you a name, you choose if it's a skin disease or a character from the realm of Dungeons and Dragons.

7 Major League Baseball Stadium Icons

Scott Allen

Every baseball stadium has its characters, including fans, hecklers, and longtime team employees. These people are as much a part of the identity of a team as the players themselves.

Strange Geographies: Exploring a WWII Shipwreck

Ransom Riggs

I'd like to think I know a thing or two about the Second World War, but there's only so much you can learn from history books and Ken Burns documentaries.

5 Tax Laws You Shouldn't Have to Worry About

Greg Sabin

Benjamin Franklin said that nothing is certain in this world but death and taxes.

Dietribes: Jeepers Peepers!

Allison Keene

"¢ It seems we at mental_floss are engaging in a Peep-a-thon this week, but who can blame us? The sugar rush is too wondrous to overcome!

Brain Game: Ring Ding Diddle

I recently discovered an "add-a-letter" sequence that ran from one to eight.

Worldly goods

David K. Israel

My wife recently turned me on to, a store that sells simple items from around the world, grouped by country.

Morning Cup of Links: Dumb Taxes

Miss Cellania

Wisdom is way different from intelligence or education.

Tournament of Genius: The Winner Is...

Tournament of Genius

Leo wins! According to mental_floss's learned readers, Leonardo da Vinci is history's greatest genius.

The Quick 10: 10 Facts About St. Peter's Basilica

Stacy Conradt

Whether you're Catholic or not, it's hard to argue with the fact that St. Peter's Basilica in Rome is an amazing feat of architecture and art.

Last Month in Science: Why Backing the Wrong Sports Team Could Kill You

Meghan Holohan

Time for a new monthly feature! Meghan Holohan lives in Pittsburgh near two universities where she pesters doctors and scientists about their research.