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Trivia Show Update: Indy, Here We Come!

Jason English

Image credit: HstryQT I can announce one more stop on our Mental Floss Trivia Show tour—we're headed for Indianapolis! Save the date: Thursday, September 1st.

7 of the World's Craziest Roads

Haley Sweetland Edwards

Pack the jerky, a few friends, and maybe a few extra hundreds for those hefty gas prices. ‘Tis the season for summer road trips!

Gis.to wants to help you read more/less

David K. Israel

If you're like me, _flossers, you spend a lot of time online wishing you had more time to read longer pieces, or, alternately, that there was less to read.

Help Us Find These 1970s AT&T Engineers

Chris Higgins

In this 1975 AT&T film, five female AT&T engineers are profiled. The film starts with male attitudes towards women working as engineers.

Saturday Night Live's Anyone Can Host Contest

Colin Patrick

Recently, while reading an oral history of Saturday Night Live, I happened upon a fact I’d long since forgotten. You probably recall that Betty White became the oldest person to host the late night

The World's Only Analog Blogger

Ransom Riggs

As far as we know, a Liberian man named Alfred Sirleaf is the world's only analog blogger.

Brain Game: Math Square #83

Summer's here and the time is right for the Monday Math Square at the mentalfloss.com Brain Game! The nine white squares inside the main red grid should be filled with the digits 1 through 9.

Are Playgrounds Too Safe?

Jill Harness

Many of us grew up in an era when playgrounds were still risky fun. But playgrounds have become increasingly stripped of their potentially dangerous equipment.

Morning Cup of Links: How to Throw a Pie

Brian Abrams

Note: Miss Cellania is on vacation. Filling in this week, Brian Abrams! Make him feel welcome. A National Lampoon's Vacation reboot is in the works with Clark W.

Weekend Links: Smelly History

Allison Keene

Life is too short to fold fitted sheets … unless you watch this short video and learn the astonishing way how. I am blown away!

Last Week's Most Popular Stories

Jason English

In case you weren't obsessively refreshing mentalfloss.com all week, here's what you

10 Non–Rock Stars Who Died at the Tragically Young Age of 27

Stacy Conradt

© Laurence Baker/Corbis On Saturday, Amy Winehouse passed away and became the latest member of Club 27—an exclusive club you don’t want to be in.

Lumosity: Train Your Brain


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Weekend Links: The World of Blind Photographers

Allison Keene

From link-finder extraordinaire Holly: New research suggests the way we recall facts now has been (surprise!) altered because of computers.

15 Wonderful Words With No English Equivalent

Bill DeMain

The Global Language Monitor estimates that there are currently 1,009,753 words in the English language. Despite this large lexicon, many nuances of human experience still leave us tongue-tied.