The Quick 10: 10 Weird College Football Trophies

Stacy Conradt

Iowa is a state divided this weekend. Our two biggest schools "“ Iowa State and the University of Iowa "“ face off at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames tomorrow (that's ISU turf).

5 Things You Didn't Know About Nick the Greek

Ethan Trex

Are you worried about putting up a five-spot to play in your office's NFL picks pool this weekend? Does the idea of putting down $10 on a blackjack hand make you queasy?

Mail Time! Adorable Baby Photo of the Day

Jason English

Readers Josh & Heather sent us these photos of Lilah, a budding young artist who has been putting her mental_floss "My First Jackson Pollock" onesie to good use.

Remembering 9/11 Through Internet Screengrabs

Jason English

September 11, 2001, was my second day on the job at Duke University's Office of Student Development, an unglamorous post-graduate internship I accepted after failing miserably at finding a real j

Help a School That Needs a Nickname

Jason English

Every Friday, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else's reply, whatever you want. Very casual.

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

Child Held for Ransom Over Pizza Lisa Paardekooper of Darwin, Australia ordered a pizza to be delivered last Saturday, but refused to pay full price when the pizza arrived an hour late.

Brain Game: Think For Yourself

Hi, folks: Sandy "Norwegian" Wood here.

Morning Cup of Links: 9/11

Miss Cellania

Project 2,996 has bloggers from all over posting tributes to victims of 9/11 so they will be remembered as individuals instead of a large group.

Introducing Our Special Delivery Care Packages

Jason English

When I went off to college, my aunts Sarah and Laura were both very generous with the care packages.

The Late Movies: Mel Brooks

Mark Arminio

Each year, the Kennedy Center honors a group of legendary performers who have contributed to the arts.  This morning, they announced that Mel Brooks would join Robert DeNiro and Bruce Springsteen, am

Cymatics: Making Sound Visible

Chris Higgins

Way back in September of 2007, I posted some links to the bizarre world of ferrofluid, illustrating how fluids can interact with magnets (often magnets driven by sound -- like speakers) to create stra

How Do Countries Choose Which Side They Drive On?

Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

Chaos has descended this week on the tiny Pacific island of Samoa after government officials decided to force the entire nation to switch sides of the road on Monday.

The Quick 10: 10 Celebrities Who Attended College Post-Fame

Stacy Conradt

Just because you've made millions before the age of 18 doesn't mean you don't need an education. Just ask Emma Watson and the Olsen twins.

Lunchtime Quiz: The Roland Emmerich Reign of Destruction

Jason Plautz

The trailer for 2012, a film about the predicted end of the world, promises destruction galore and cements Roland Emmerich as the undisputed king of toppling world monuments.

8 Odd Periodic Tables (and then lots more)

Miss Cellania

People love the Periodic Table of Elements, as long as they don't have to deal with the actual chemistry.