Pollution-Sniffing Robofish to Scour Thames

Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

They're a lot like Robocop "“ except instead of patrolling the mean streets of Detroit in a fictional future, they could be patrolling the mean waters of the Thames.

(1) Sir Isaac Newton vs. (9) Steve Jobs

Tournament of Genius

(1) Sir Isaac Newton It may be a myth that Newton discovered the law of gravity when an apple bonked him on the noggin, but it's tough to argue with the guy's genius credentials.

Dietribes: I Have a Tooth to Pick With You

Allison Keene

"¢ The Washington Post had this to say about the toothpick, which I really think says it all: "A satirist once described a fictitious journal, titled 'History's Splendid Splinter,&

How Did You Know? - {day 2}

David K. Israel

Play for your chance to WIN a $100 shopping spree in our store! If you didn't hear, we're back with a totally redesigned, and retooled Trivia Hunt! Over the last 14 months, How Did You K

Brain Game: Nice Stop!

Thanks for taking a look at today's Brain Game!

The New Shirts Are Here! The New Shirts Are Here!

Mangesh & Jason

We're very excited to announce the addition of five new t-shirts to the mental_floss line. To celebrate their arrival, ALL mental_floss shirts are currently on sale for $14.90!

Morning Cup of Links: Predator X

Miss Cellania

The fossil of a 147 million-year-old pliosaur named Predator X has been found in Norway. He was as big as a T. Rex and even more fearsome.

(2) Plato vs. (7) Stephen Colbert

Tournament of Genius

(2) Plato Plato's record is another one that needs very little introduction. Student of Socrates. Mentor of Aristotle. Allegorist of caves. Writer of dialogues. Father of Platonic realism.

Living On Through Their Art

Andréa Fernandes

Today is World Tuberculosis Day, designed to raise public awareness of the disease, which still claims the lives of about 1.6 million people each year.

(3) Blaise Pascal vs. (6) Pythagoras

Tournament of Genius

(3) Blaise Pascal If it's possible to be considered a genius and still be underrated, Pascal pulls off the trick.

(4) Mark Twain vs. (12) Jonas Salk

Tournament of Genius

(4) Mark Twain Scores of writers have spent their whole lives trying to pen The Great American Novel. Twain may have done it several times.

The Quick 10: Celebs Who Went to High School Together

Stacy Conradt

It's kind of stunning how many celebrities actually went to high school together "“ when you start looking at the list of people who attended prestigious prep schools and performing arts aca

The 5pm Quiz(zes): Name x in y Minutes

Jason English

Blending Stupendousness With Elegance: The Washington Monument

David Clark

This week, David Clark will be our tour guide as we take a closer look at some of America's greatest monuments.

Round Two Begins! (1) Albert Einstein vs. (8) Shigeru Miyamoto

Tournament of Genius

As we enter the second round of the Tournament of Genius, 32 geniuses remain (well, 33 if you count the second Wright brother). Voting will remain open through Sunday.