Found Objects


Found Objects


Why Is Sumo Wrestling Such a Big Deal?

Eric Johnson

Quick, name a Japanese sport! Well, you probably said "sumo" because you've already read the headline of this article.

Brain Game: Monkey Suit

Well, it's been a wild week.

Morning Cup of Links: Nijinsky on Video

Miss Cellania

This optical illusion stumped me until I got to see the closeup.

R.I.P. Michael Jackson

Kara Kovalchik

He called himself the King of Pop, Fred Astaire called him "a hell of a dancer," Quincy Jones called him "Smelly," and his fans called him "amazing." Michael Jackson died

The Late Movies: Incredible Sports Clips

Mark Arminio

In honor of the United States' amazing 2-0 soccer win against Spain yesterday and the upcoming NBA draft, check out some of these insane feats of strength and skill. Here's a guy I ne

The 5pm Quiz: The Last 20 #1 Draft Picks

Jason English

It looks like Blake Griffin will be the first pick in tonight's NBA Draft.

Hummingbirds in Slow Motion

Chris Higgins

There are two little hummingbirds outside my window right now. They come for the feeder on a nearby porch (and perhaps for the view of me typing).

The Quick 10: 10 People Who Have Won a Grammy, a Tony, an Oscar and an Emmy

Stacy Conradt

It's obviously a huge accomplishment to win an Oscar, a Grammy, a Tony or an Emmy. But to win all four?

R.I.P. Farrah Fawcett

Kara Kovalchik

Farrah Fawcett was one of those rare "golden children." She was blessed with beauty from birth, and by the time she hit adolescence she'd been told "you're so pretty" s

The 16 Members of the U.S. Intelligence Community

Scott Allen

With 16 agencies and organizations working both independently and together to collect, analyze, and disseminate information in the interest of protecting U.S.

6 Songs Used to Torture & Intimidate

Danny Gallagher

Playing an annoying song over and over to get someone to spill their guts might sound like a gag from a Mel Brooks movie, but it's actually become a standard practice.

Hangover Cures from Around the World

Mangesh Hattikudur

In the new issue of mental_floss, we reported why bacon is a miracle drug when it comes to dealing with the morning after: Cure Your Hangovers—with Bacon! Ah, bacon.

8 Mysterious Tales of Traveling Dogs

Miss Cellania

Dogs disappear, dogs get lost, dogs are taken, and when we're lucky, dogs go home again. Here are eight stories of "How did that dog get here?" Saudi Arabia to

Brain Game: Europia

While perusing an old puzzle book recently, I came across a challenge that asked readers to name the five European nations whose names end with the letter Y.

Morning Cup of Links: Treasure Hunt Mania

Miss Cellania

A newspaper promotion in 1904 got out of hand when treasure hunters dug up a big part of London and other English cities. The madness continued until the newspaper was hauled into court.