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.

5 Rules from my Semester at America's Holiest University

Special Guest Star

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

(3) Louis Pasteur vs. (14) John Hodgman

Tournament of Genius

(3) Louis Pasteur Pasteur was microbiology's one-man wrecking crew.

The Casual Fan's Guide to 7 Tournament-Bound Schools

Scott Allen

Every year, the NCAA men's basketball tournament field features at least a handful of teams that leaves casual fans puzzled as they start to fill out their brackets.

(5) James Joyce vs. (12) Bill Simmons

Tournament of Genius

(5) James Joyce Joyce's mastery of language and inventiveness with new literary forms made him possibly the most critically acclaimed and influential novelist of the 20th century.

The Adventures of St. Patrick

Miss Cellania

Slave, traveler, evangelist, abolitionist, and saint.

(4) Beethoven vs. (13) The RZA

Tournament of Genius

(4) Beethoven We'll yield the floor to the Encyclopedia Britannica on this one: "Widely regarded as the greatest composer who ever lived, Ludwig van Beethoven dominates a period of musical

Brain Game: Even Faster!

Today's Brain Game is a poem wot I writ myself. I know, don't quit my day job.

'I Want to Rock in Cleveland' Sweepstakes Update

Mangesh & Jason

We'd like to say thanks to the thousands of people who entered the mental_floss/Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 'I Want to Rock in Cleveland' sweepstakes. The contest is now closed.

(8) Bill Gates vs. (9) Steve Jobs

Tournament of Genius

(8) Bill Gates Is there anything new to say about Gates? Microsoft co-founder. Owner of a $58 billion fortune. Groundbreakingly generous philanthropist.

(1) Sir Isaac Newton vs. (16) Gottfried Leibniz

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.

Morning Cup of Links: St. Patrick's Day

Miss Cellania

What to Drink on St. Patrick's Day. Make your arrangements for getting home before you try the Irish Car Bomb. * How the Irish celebrate St. Patrick's Day.

Be Amazing: Survive the Witness Protection Program

Be Amazing

Whether you're looking to start your own religion, swallow a sword, quit smoking, find Atlantis, buy the Moon, sink a battleship, perform your own surgeries, or become a ninja, our new book Be Am

The Integratron

Chris Higgins

I've recently been informed of something awesome: The Integratron.