This is Your Face on Video Games

Ransom Riggs

It's called "the Zone," and I'll be the first to admit that I've been in it many times -- though more often at age ten than recently.

Anyone Can Play Guitar - Lesson No. 7

David K. Israel

Anyone Can Play Guitar is back with a whole new look, a new guitar teacher, and 6 new lessons—one each Monday until the middle of January. Today we'll learn the names of the notes on

Waistband Stretcher

Miss Cellania

Waistband Stretcher? That could be the title of my Thanksgiving dinner! I prepared both ham and turkey, plus dressing, gravy, potatoes, deviled eggs, and mincemeat pie.

Brain Game: O'Brien?

Fill each of the four blanks with a letter of the alphabet to turn "BRAIN" into a different word: B _ R _ A _ I _ N HERE is the solution. THE SOLUTION: B A R B A R I A

Morning Cup of Links: Dance Your PhD

Miss Cellania

The World in 2009, according to The Economist. Why we can't believe economic predictions, according to Slate. * Whack-A-Mouse.

Super Special Holiday Subscription Deal!

Mangesh & Jason

Sick of giving out the same old boring presents?

11 Stamp Stories Worth Retelling

the mag

By David A. NorrisPhilately: it's the end-all, be-all of popular hobbies curiously pursued by nobody you know.

6 Baby Names You Probably Shouldn't Give Your Kid

the mag

by Graeme Wood Forget Apple and Pilot Inspektor. If you really want to give your kid a hard time growing up, just pick from the following list. 1.

Lunchtime Quiz Leftovers

Jason English

13 Nostalgia-Heavy Commercials To Make You Pine For 1987

Jason English

My wife recently found a VHS tape filled with holiday specials, all recorded during the 1987 and 1988 Christmas seasons. For her, the unequivocal highlight was A Muppet Family Christmas.

Friday Happy Hour: Notable Residents

Jason English

This will be an abbreviated version of the 'Happy Hour,' since we are heading to Thanksgiving II: The English Family shortly. But before I leave, let me throw out a few topics for

9 Nicknames for Natives

the mag

By Mark Peters While the meanings of monikers such as Ethiopian, Hobokenite, and Earthling aren't hard to suss out, it's a little tougher to guess where to find a Moonraker or a Zonie.

Climate Change Back in the 18th Century? 6 Devastating Effects of Laki

David K. Israel

Ask anyone what Iceland is known for and they're likely to rattle off things like the sagas, Steinn Steinarr, whale hunts, geothermal power, black pudding, and, of course, Björk.

mental_floss in the news (on the news)

Jason English

Cleveland's NBC affiliate, WKYC, just ran a nice segment on mental_floss and our $50,000 Tuition Giveaway.

6 Food Challenges for the Super Competitive (or Super Hungry)

Stacy Conradt

Here are a few places where you can get your meal for free "“ if you're up to the challenge of wolfing down ten percent of your body weight in one sitting. 1.