How Did You Know? - {day 3}

David K. Israel

It's an all-new 5-day trivia hunt, with an all-new set of puzzles, prizes, and collaborators! First, the prizes: In addition to the usual $100 and $50 gift certificates to our store for the fir

9 Mysterious Ape-men from Around the World

Miss Cellania

Most of us in the US are familiar with the cryptid Sasquatch (or Bigfoot) and its Asian counterpart the Yeti (or Abominable Snowman).

Brain Game: Beep Beep

The answer to today's Brain Game may not be as simple as it might appear.

Songs About Serial Killers, Part I

Ransom Riggs

I was researching a post about murder ballads -- a fascinating musical genre all its own -- when I happened to discover an even more rareified subgenre of murder ballad: the serial killer song.

Morning Cup of Links: Crunchy Frog

Miss Cellania

Jake Bronstein set the world record for longest whisper chain, passing a message through 59 people.

The Late Movies: Musicians and Their Awesome Sesame Street Appearances

Chris Higgins

I keep coming across musicians who have appeared on Sesame Street (usually singing the Alphabet Song), and the performances are uniformly awesome.

The 5pm Quiz: Athlete Autobiographies

Ethan Trex

All-Star invites and MVP awards are nice, but you haven't really made it as an athlete until you've written an autobiography detailing your rise to athletic glory.

The Quick 10: 10 Unexpected Horror Writers

Stacy Conradt

If you've been reading the Quick 10s for a while, you know that I have a fascination with horror movies and Halloween and all things creepy.

3 New Shirts in the mental_floss Store

Mangesh & Jason

Make room in your t-shirt drawer, because today we've added three new shirts to the mental_floss store: "I'd Give My Right Arm To Be Ambidextrous," "Thomas Aquinas: The Origin

The Original Names of 7 Famous TV Characters

Kara Kovalchik

The names of some of our favorite TV characters have undergone behind-the-scenes changes for a variety of reasons, from politics to legal issues to shows on competing networks.

Sites We Love: There, I Fixed It

Jason English

We've linked to this site before, but they deserve another plug. There, I Fixed It: jury rigging at its best. If it weren't pouring right now, I might try the soda bottle/hose trick.

Schizophrenia: An Immune Disorder?

Meghan Holohan

Schizophrenia baffles most; people often associate the disease with a loose conglomeration of symptoms such as hearing voices and hallucinations.

Dr. Strange Will Kill Us All

Chris Higgins

It is with much trepidation that I send this blog to you via Morse Code from Mystery Island. I'm terribly concerned that scientific genius Dr.

Dietribes: Cool as a Cucumber

Allison Keene

"¢ Just how cool are cucumbers? Their inner temperature can be up to 20 degrees cooler than the outside air, hence the title phrase.

6 Famous Eunuchs

Martha Brozyna

Eunuchs, or castrated men, have played an important part in many cultures throughout the world since ancient times.