(2) Plato vs. (15) P.T. Barnum

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.

8 Things You Didn't Know About Jerry Falwell

Special Guest Star

We're excited to have author, journalist, and Brown University senior (he's still a senior!) Kevin Roose blogging with us this week.

Colbert Replaces Dickinson in Tournament of Genius

Tournament of Genius

The genius world was stunned today by allegations that noted poet Emily Dickinson has been using performance enhancing drugs in her quest to win mental_floss's 2009 "Tournament of Genius.&qu

Dan Ariely: Why People Cheat

Chris Higgins

Today I bring you a truly fascinating talk about irrationality and cheating. Dan Ariely was a burn patient, with burns over 70% of his body.

Curious, Bizarre & Storied State Symbols

David Clark

Almost everyone knows that each state of the Union has its own flag.

Brain Game: Hey, Boo Boo!

Yogi Bear is smarter than the average bear, but he is a bear, and bears typically have four feet.

Our New Isms

David K. Israel

When it comes to isms, Ferris Bueller, not Trotsky, probably has the most memorable line: "-Ism's in my opinion," he said, "are not good.

Morning Cup of Links: LED Sheep

Miss Cellania

North America's newest dinosaur had the makings of a monster: razor-sharp claws, a runner's body, and similarities with the Velociraptor of Jurassic Park infamy.

The Accidental Leftie: Sir Frederick Burton

Andréa Fernandes

Yesterday marked the 109th anniversary of the death of Sir Frederick William Burton (1816-1900).

(2) William Shakespeare vs. (15) Matt Drudge

Tournament of Genius

(2) William Shakespeare You may remember Shakespeare as arguably the greatest and most influential author. That should about do it. What, you want more?

(7) General MacArthur vs. (10) Colonel Sanders

Tournament of Genius

(7) General Douglas MacArthur MacArthur had the sort of brilliant military career new recruits can only dream of.

The 5pm Quiz: The Not-So-Fine Print

Jason English

When it comes to medication, what you don't know could kill you. Or cause eyelid droop, amnesia and decreased sweating. We've scoured the warning labels for possible side effects.

The Quick 10: 10 Celebrities Who Didn't Go from Rags to Riches

Stacy Conradt

While a fair number of celebrities come from classic rags-to-riches stories, or at least Gap-to-Gucci stories, there are also some who were born into wealth and success.

Clay Shirky on Newspapers: How the Unthinkable Happened

Chris Higgins

Clay Shirky is an adjunct professor of New Media at NYU. He writes about technology (okay, pretty much just the internet) and its effects on relationships and culture.

(6) Walt Disney vs. (11) Hugh Hefner

Tournament of Genius

(6) Walt Disney Disney turned an animated steamboat-driving mouse into an industry that completely legitimized cartoons and gave him a massive fortune.