Weekend Genius Challenge #24 Winner!

A hearty "thanks!" to all those who participated in WGC #24. As is often the case, mental_floss readers are very sharp, so the puzzle was solved fairly

How Did You Know Adam Constable?

David K. Israel

Congrats to the winner of our second How Did You Know? Trivia Hunt!

How Electronic "20 Questions" Games Work

Chris Higgins

It was about four years ago when I first saw a 20Q ball. The tiny handheld device scrolled text across its meager one-line screen, inviting me to challenge it in a game of 20 Questions.

5 Strange Facts about Classic Kids' Shows

Kara Kovalchik

I grew up in an era when parents didn't hesitate to use the television set as a babysitter.

Lunchtime Quiz: Celeb Birth Names

David K. Israel

Which came first: the famous celeb or the famous name? In the case of these 10, the name you know them by is NOT the name they were born with. Will the real Bono please stand up?!

10 Things Smaller Than The Wilkins Ice Shelf

Ransom Riggs

By now, many of you have heard about the giant ice cube that recently broke off from the Wilkins Ice Shelf on the Western Coast of Antarctica.

How Did You Know - [Day 5]

David K. Israel

If you've made it this far, I commend you! One more puzzle to solve and you're home free.

Customer Disservice, Obscure Talents and Youth Sports

Jason English

On Wednesday, I had this exchange with a Continental gate agent: Me [being ultra polite]: "My wife is pregnant and she's been standing on the security line for forty minutes.

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

New Stretchy Circuits Coming to a Computer Near You!

Mangesh & Jason

New Scientist, easily our favorite science magazine, has a fascinating piece on how scientists at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign have come up with a genius new way of building circuits.

Things Nobody Told Me: Brooklyn's Bizarre Team Names

Mangesh Hattikudur

This is an old idea I'm still trying out where I talk about something trivial I just learned about and then act outraged about how nobody told me.

Secret Cities of the Soviet Union

Special Guest Star

By Erik

Why more Indian Elephants should go to film school

Mangesh Hattikudur

There's an incredible piece over at the Daily Mail on how filmmaker John Downer was making an animal documentary in Madhya Pradesh in India, and decided to recruit elephants to help out. "

March 28th, 2008

Miss Cellania

The 5 Most Ridiculously Over-Hyped Health Scares of All Time. These stories, along with the Cold War, are why my youth was so fatalistic. * The credit crisis is moving beyond subprime mortgages.

The Oldest Known Audio Recording

Chris Higgins

The New York Times has a great piece today on an 1860 phonautogram of the French folk song "Au Clair de la Lune." Before we go any further, you should make sure there are no children or ani