The Best Medicine?

David K. Israel

I was surprised how shy you all were on the subject of female aggression earlier in the week"¦ but maybe this will get you talking: a new study on the use of humor in relationships is the cover s

(F)art imitates life


Here at mental_floss we're sometimes accused of indulging in bathroom humor.

IQ-tips: Bottle Breakdown

David K. Israel

I first moved to NYC in the summer of "˜91.

Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Scientist: Paul Berg


We actually don't think Paul Berg is "mad" at all; he's a Nobel laureate who was largely responsible for figuring out how DNA did its job of producing proteins.

Disturbing Comments from the International AIDS Conference

Will Pearson

The International AIDS Conference is taking place right now in Toronto.

Newsflash! July was really hot


This just in from NASA: Last month, the globe experienced an extreme phenomenon referred to in the technical literature as "heat," shown in this satellite

And now for something completely different


Whew! That was a heavy way to start the morning. I need a palate cleanser -- something that's cute and fanciful and playful and the exact opposite of a serial killer. I

Lock-the-Door-and-Don't-Talk-to-Strangers Day


Continuing with my theme of weird coincidences involving famous murders and specific days in mid-August, today was a bad day for serial killers, and thus a good day for everyone else: Charles Manson w

Greg Veis, YouTube Hunter: 5 Insane Political Ads


"Jesse Helms is back! And this time he's black." Believe it or not, that's not some deranged Daily Kossian message board rant; it's a campaign slogan.

Something good finally comes of the Big Dig


Paul Pedini spent a decade working as an engineer on the Big Dig in Boston, and of one aspect of the project, he says: "There's something inherently illogical about it." He's point

The Chinese space program has MPD


And you thought NASA had trouble defining its mission: Check out these old posters from China's space agency.

Behold the fearsome Thai water elephant


The creature at left is an elusive animal first discovered in the 1800s.

Brooklyn's Banksy


I was in Williamsburg a couple of weeks ago, and my friend, who's in the picture, told me about this great piece of graffiti a la Banksy that just cried out to be photographed.

Is this a joke?!

Mangesh Hattikudur

What in the name of Kabballah is going on here?


David K. Israel

According to a recent post over at, thousands of emails and letters from environmental activists have won a McVictory: In an historic deal that has impacts far beyond the golden arches