On Music: the use of brass in Scheherazade

David K. Israel

Today's an exciting day for me here at the _floss.

Destination Cemeteries

Miss Cellania

Would you consider traveling thousands of miles to visit a cemetery? Lots of people do, especially if the cemetery is full of famous people, or haunted, or even humorous.

Three Things I Didn't Know About Three's Company

Jason English

I just completed my first non-blog mental_floss project. I'll save the details for later, except to say it was a five-week accelerated PhD program in peripheral knowledge.

Night of The Mass Mailers


Any decent spammer is familiar with the sting of a blighted recipient list--there's the mourning that goes with bouncebacks, the chagrin over wrong pronouns, and over the "ie" vs.

Animal Magnetism: 9 Critters that owe their names to celebrities

Mangesh Hattikudur

Having a street or a college dorm named after you has never seemed that impressive to me. You simply drop an overflowing briefcase on the right desk, and it's basically a done deal.

My neighbors are slowly going mad

Ransom Riggs

I live on a pretty normal little street, at least relative to my (perhaps warped) standards of normalcy.

Virtual Exercise

Jason English

I woke up this morning a little sore.

Atari 2600 Cartridge Source Code as Art

Chris Higgins

Artist and programmer Ben Fry has created a series of illustrations based on the source code from Atari 2600 cartridges, including Pac-Man and Q-Bert.

Black Google could save watts aplenty

Ransom Riggs

Maybe not 1.21 gigawatts, the energy needed to power Doc Brown's fabled Flux Capacitor -- but nearly 750 megawatts, according to the folks at EcoIron.

Rickshaw no more

David K. Israel

There was an interesting piece in last week's Economist on rickshaw-pullers.

The Moons of Saturn: Taking Cues From a Wounded Icon


As of today, Saturn has fifty-six moons. And at the rate new ones are shyly popping up, one might say that the planet is, um, bringing sexy back. Why so many moons, Saturn?

Greg Veis: You Tube Hunter Explores the Man Crush


Perhaps the strangest--and certainly the most unwelcome--development of this year's Super Bowl was the reliance on homophobia to move product.

He Did It!

Jason English

Back in the mid-1990s, an O.J. confession would have been press-stopping news. All the networks would have carried the story live, interrupting regularly scheduled O.J.-related programming.

My pet moose

Ransom Riggs

Well actually, not mine. This was submitted by an anonymous lurker on The Cellar, along with this explanation: "When this little guy was young he lost his mother too soon.

Nerdcore Hip Hop Could Reign Supreme

Chris Higgins

Nerdcore Hip Hop, our favorite nerdy musical subgenre, is finally getting its own documentary: Nerdcore Rising.