THE KNOWLEDGE FEED

Insurance for dummies

Ransom Riggs

If yesterday's blog on bizarre disasters made some of you nervous, we've got just the thing to put your anxious minds at ease: bizarre insurance. Like what, you

Are we really just now defining "drama queen"?

Will Pearson

We get all kinds of weird press releases at the mental_floss office but I didn't expect the one from Oxford University Press to create such a stir among our staff.

It's mental_floss fashion week!

Mary

OMG OMG OMG it's Paris Fashion Week!

Contest: The Scientific People's Choice Awards

Mary

If you read David's post earlier this afternoon, you know that the Ig Nobel Prize Awards are coming up Thursday -- and if you read our 10 Issue, you know we're big fans.

The Igs are coming!

David K. Israel

Keeping on the Nobel path from this morning, it's just about time for the 16th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Awards.

A Lesbian from Asia

David K. Israel

The title of a new indie film opening at Sundance next year? Nope. A new novel working its way up the best-seller lists? Closer, but still no.

Guinness Record: Lee "Not Press On" Redmond's Nails

Will Pearson

Lee Redmond (65) of Utah is making her debut in this year's Guinness Book of World Records with her recordbreaking 24 ft 7 inch fingernails.

Armchair Field Trip: The Sixth Circle of Hell

Mary

Oh dear. The Dante's Inferno Test has banished me to the eternal fiery pit, sixth floor.

Food, dangerous food

Ransom Riggs

You don't have to swallow food for it to be dangerous -- or even kill you. As proof we offer this, mental_floss' honor roll of the weirdest food-related disasters in history. 1.

Idiot of the Day: A bit lacking in judgment

Mary

This card arrived at our house last week announcing that my husband's summons to jury duty was not actually necessary. Good thing, since his scheduled jury date was three weeks ago.

Found Objects

David K. Israel

One of our readers, Robert, left an amusing comment on Will's cool puzzle post this morning, reminding us that we needed to keep the answers of our quizzes out of our jpegs.

Everything I Never Wanted to Know About Barneys*

Mary

* but was afraid to ask For some reason (maybe because I bought the cheapest item in the store, once, two years ago), I seem to be on the mailing list for the Barneys New York catalog.

Do not eat ... unless that's your thing, man

Ransom Riggs

Hey you, with the finger up your nose. I see you. That's gross. Not nearly as gross, however, as those shnoz-prospectors who eat the proverbial motherlode -- and not nearly as interesting.

No more allergies?!

Mangesh Hattikudur

For some reason, it took me 26 years to develop allergies.

A Slow Death for the iPod?

Mangesh Hattikudur

I've seen a lot of stuff over the past few months about Microsoft's new Zune being dubbed the iPod killer, and a David of sorts in training for his debut against the mp3 Goliath.

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