AJ on Alcohol


AJ on Alcohol


The big D


The big D


7 Really Tiny Towns

Ethan Trex

Ever consider getting away from the city to try your hand at small-town life?

Forty Years Ago: Apollo 13

Miss Cellania

The number 13 had a bad reputation long before 1970, but it only got worse on April 13 of that year. Just eight months earlier, Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon.

Meet the World's Horniest Mummies

Ransom Riggs

There's an ancient mystery buried in China's Taklimakan Desert, a forbidding waste north of Tibet. It's mummies. Mummies of white people.

Brain Game: Famous Panda

In today's Brain Game, you'll connect one word or name to another using a "famous pair." The two given words make bookends, and the famous pair (which may contain names or words)

Morning Cup of Links: Hang Drums

Miss Cellania

The 2010 Pulitzer Prizes have been awarded. The winning stories, features, and photographs are linked if they are available online. * The Coen Brothers Meet Quentin Tarantino.

The Late Movies: Drug Lords, Death Squads and the Last Man in ANWR

Ransom Riggs

A few months ago, I posted some mini-documentaries made by the fine people at VBS, the video-makin' arm of Vice Magazine.

The Quick 10: Drop Everything and Read (AKA: Happy Birthday, Beverly Cleary!)

Stacy Conradt

Happy D.E.A.R. Day! That's Drop Everything and Read, in case you don't have fond memories of D.E.A.R. from Beverly Cleary's Ramona Quimby books.

The Origins of Whac-A-Mole

Chris Higgins

Aaron Fechter invented the original Whac-A-Mole game in 1971.

What the Past Thought the Future Would Be Like

David K. Israel

Taking a stroll through old Popular Mechanics and Popular Science-type magazines is always good for a few smiles. Here are ten images worth taking a closer look

Brain Game: Math Square #20

The nine white squares inside the main red grid should be filled with the digits 1 through 9. Each digit should appear only once in this main grid. Two of these numbers are already provided for you.

Space Shuttle Parking Lot

Ransom Riggs

There are few spectacles that can compare to the awe-inspiring power of a space shuttle launch.

Morning Cup of Links: Name Your Poison

Miss Cellania

The Illinois Poison Control Center posted stories of the 282 calls they took in one day.

Rest in Peace, Dixie Carter

Kara Kovalchik

Actress Dixie Carter passed away on April 10, 2010, at the age of 70. She is survived by her husband, actor Hal Holbrook, and two daughters.

The Weekend Links: Sunday Edition

Allison Keene

What else are smart phones good for?

Reading mental_floss Can Really Pay Off

Rob Lammle

There's no question that reading a mental_floss story can pay off during Trivial Pursuit, or when you're trying to impress someone at a cocktail party.