Three Volunteers

Jason English

I need a hand. Six of them, actually. I'm willing to offer a free mental_floss t-shirt to the first three people who nominate themselves for this covert operation.

7 (More) Rockers and their Gratuitous TV Appearances

Kara Kovalchik

After my post on pop groups who appeared on TV shows - your comments reminded me (or taught me) about a few more examples. Okay, you twisted my arm...

In Honor of Today's Sports Scandal

Jason English

According to WNBC and Deadspin, the Mitchell Report names some big names (though not all the big names reported earlier).

Feel Art Again: "Last Day of Pompeii"

Andréa Fernandes

Yesterday marked the 208th birthday of Karl Briullov, a great Russian painter. To celebrate, let's take a look at his massive masterpiece, "The Last Day of Pompeii." 1.

3 Strange things they're putting in your Salt (and why)

Simon Quellen Field's book Why There's Antifreeze in Your Toothpaste is a fascinating read.

Why Cell Phones Make Speakers Go "Blip Blip Blip Buzz"

Chris Higgins

When I first got a cell phone (an early Sidekick), a new noise entered my life.

7 of History's Most Terrifying Sports Riots

Ethan Trex

Spectator sports have a singular capacity to bring together disparate groups of people towards the common goal of cheering for a favorite team.

Mishugas: Time is Money - Part 2

David K. Israel

If you're just joining us, we're in the middle of a serialized video contest giving you the chance to win $25 toward WHATEVER YOU WANT in our store.

12 Days of Christmas, Found on the Net

Miss Cellania

Finally, a modern version of The 12 Days of Christmas that involves no singing and no repeating!

December 13, 2007

Miss Cellania

Reminder: The Geminid meteor shower promises to be the best meteor shower of the year tonight.

Happy Birthday to Bob Barker, Frank Sinatra and the Motel Inn

Andréa Fernandes

December 12 has been a rather eventful day throughout history.

My endorsement: StoryCorps

Mangesh Hattikudur

The first time I heard the word "podcast" in a web meeting, I was immediately turned off. I'm the sort of person who can't stand to watch unread magazines pile up.

Calling All Interns

Jason English

We're in the market for new interns.

The various costs of losing bets


Earlier this week, I encountered a man who boasted of having run naked (and through sprinklers) across the 18th green. It was the agreed-upon tax of a lost best.

Wilt Chamberlain was a Nixon Man: A Brief History of Celebrity Political Endorsements

Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

Not only does Barack Obama have the Horatio Alger success story, the youthful support base, and the catchy (so, so catchy) theme song "“ he's got something else none of the other 18 million