The 25 Most Influential Books of the Past 25 Years: The Alchemist

Mangesh & Jason

The latest issue of mental_floss just hit newsstands.

The Origin of SPAM (The Food) & Spam (The Email)

In the Beginning

SPAM (The Food Item) First, let's get the ingredients out of the way. SPAM is chopped pork shoulder meat with ham, salt, water, sugar, and sodium nitrite.

The Quick 10: 10 Famous People Related to Other Famous People

Stacy Conradt

I tried to stay away from the really obvious here "“ like Kate Hudson is Goldie Hawn's daughter and that sort of thing.

Keanu Reeves Washes His Kidneys?

Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

This just in from the Daily Mail: Keanu Reeves, David Beckham, and Sean Connery are stumping for Viagra-style drugs in China "“ apparently without their knowledge.

Can Opera Singers Really Shatter Glass?

Matt Soniak

Saturday morning cartoons would have us believe that anyone in a dress and Viking helmet can shatter wine glasses, monocles and even the opera house chandelier with one powerful high note.

Friday Happy Hour: The Most Influential Movies (1984-Present)

Jason English

1. We've been busy promoting the new issue of mental_floss, in which we name The 25 Most Influential Books of the Past 25 Years.

mental_floss sells out! (How to get your mitts on our first issue)

A lot of flossers have written in to ask how they can get copies of the first few issues of mental_floss.

How Did You Know? - {Day 4}

David K. Israel

We're back with another 5-day trivia hunt! Again, the rules: Every remaining day this week, I'll be presenting a specific challenge.

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

Anti-litter Leaflets Dumped in Street Matt Taylor of Walthamstow Village, England found boxes containing was he assumed was rubbish on the street near his home.

The Crisis of Credit, Visualized

Chris Higgins

Having trouble figuring out what the Credit Crisis (ahem, Global Financial Meltdown, Great Depression II, Credit Freeze) really means?

The 25 Most Influential Books of the Past 25 Years: Middlesex

Mangesh & Jason

The latest issue of mental_floss just hit newsstands.

What Do You Do With An Old Oil Rig?

Ransom Riggs

Oil rigs are pretty utilitarian structures, but once they've pumped all the oil they're going to pump, they become useless hunks of metal.

Brain Game: In Spades

I wonder what percentage of American households don't have at least one deck of playing cards stashed away?

Morning Cup of Links: Recognizing Incompetence

Miss Cellania

Most incompetent people can't recognize that they are incompetent. Doesn't that make you just a little nervous? * 10 Geeky Tricks for Getting Out of Bed in the Morning.

The Group of Seven

Andréa Fernandes

Reader Wanda requested a post on the Group of Seven, a group of Canadian painters who are most well-known for their landscapes. The group members often painted together, both in their Studio Buildi