Buggin' Out!


Buggin' Out!


The Quick 10: 10 Non-Athlete Sports Injuries

Stacy Conradt

It's not uncommon for sports stars to get hurt in the line of duty, obviously (Colt McCoy, anyone?).

8 Amazing Octopus Videos

Chris Higgins

Hiding Under Coconut Shells Scientists caught these octopuses near Indonesia using coconut shells similar to how herbit crabs use shells -- as a place to hide. Octopus Opening Jar to Get Foo

7 Historical Bans on Smoking

Ethan Trex

More and more cities and states around the country are banning smoking in public places, much to the chagrin of smokers. Is this sort of strong, successful anti-smoking movement a new development?

10 Venn and Not-quite-Venn Diagrams

Miss Cellania

Venn diagrams are used for more than just useful stuff like science and demographics.

The Secret Life of Everyday Things

Jill Harness

If you've ever considered whether the items in your fridge have parties after you close the door on them, then you'll love Terry Border's book Bent Objects: The Secret Life of Everyday

Brain Game: Play With Your Food

Not including sharps and flats, there are seven key musical pitches or notes: A, B, C, D, E, F, and G.

Happy 102nd Anniversary, Sexist NYC Smoking Ban!

Ransom Riggs

Known as the Sullivan Ordinance, it was passed January 21, 1908 -- and it applied only to women -- and it lasted only two weeks, whereupon the mayor vetoed it.

Morning Cup of Links: Seafaring Lemurs

Miss Cellania

Happy Weird Year: The 10 Strangest and Most Bizarre Calendars of 2010.

The Late Movies: The Hitchcock Interview, 1973

Chris Higgins

"I'd like not to talk to you this morning about movies, but rather about ideas. I may not be successful at that, but, I'm going to attempt it.

Make Someone's Day: Send a mental_floss Care Package

Mangesh & Jason

Know someone who needs a boost this winter? If the clever pizza box doesn't bring a smile to their face, the stuff inside surely will!

The Quick 10: 10 Long-in-the-Tooth "Teenagers"

Stacy Conradt

You all know that I'm a big Glee fan.

A Word About Our Newsletter (Also: Dog Pics!)

Jason English

In last week's newsletter, I mentioned that I'd been unable to take a photo of office dog Leo, the most popular employee in our Ohio retail store. Well, I finally got one, paparazzi-style.

4 Secret Subways Hiding Underground

Rob Lammle

It seems impossible to think that a city could have an underground rail system that most people don't even know about.

Cab Driver Returns $21,000 Left in Cab

Jill Harness

If you found $21,000, would you keep the cash? Few people in this world are as honest or kind as Mukul Asadujjaman, a New York taxicab driver who is working his way through medical school.

Brain Game: Double D

Find as many words as you can that are (1) exactly five letters in length and (2) begin and end with the letter "D." If you can come up with 10 or more, you've won today's Bra