4 More Examples of American Political Corruption

Ethan Trex

When federal prosecutors filed charges against Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich earlier this week, it may have felt like just another chapter in the state's unseemly political history.

The Quick 10: How 10 Colors Got Their Names

Stacy Conradt

When a flosser commented the other day that Alice Blue got its name from Alice Roosevelt, I started wondering what the stories behind other color names were.

Old Computer Ads

Chris Higgins

The Obsolete Technology Website is full of goodies.

The 4pm Quiz: Who's on the Money? (#64)

Jason English

At 4pm each day this month, we'll be counting down some of our most popular quizzes.

Bowling for Garment Workers

Special Guest Star

by Kelsey Timmerman, author of Where Am I

8 Reasons Sketch Comedy Will Never Die

Ransom Riggs

Even if this blog was mainly an excuse to re-watch and talk about my favorite sketches from my eight favorite sketch comedy groups, I do have at least one serious reason that sketch comedy will never

6 Things to Know about My Three Sons

Kara Kovalchik

Beverly Garland passed away earlier this week, and while some movie-goers remember her as the "Queen of Screams" thanks to her extensive work in B-level horror films, the rest of us (well,

8 Truly Strange Christmas Customs

Miss Cellania

The holiday called Christmas is an amalgam of many winter holidays from around the world.

What Songs Give Good Workout?

David K. Israel

One of the cooler aspects of this site, at least for me, is the sense of community it creates.

4 Toys That Have Gone to War for America

the mag

Editor's Note: To promote the mental_floss Holiday Subscription Special, I've asked co-founders Will Pearson and Mangesh Hattikudur to select some of their favorite mag articles from 2008.

Morning Cup of Links: Private Cat Elevator

Miss Cellania

The TIME Top 10 Everything of 2008, from iPhone apps to awkward moments. That settles it; we won't need any other year end lists. * Should You Switch to LED Christmas Lights To Save Money?

Brain Game: New Jerseys

Well, we've done a 3x3 logic puzzle, and a 4x4. I went crazy last week and did a 3x3x3. Today, I pull out all the stops with a 9x9.

Evolving Mona Lisa

Chris Higgins

Last month I pointed to a stunt (er, experiment?) in which the Mythbusters painted Leonardo's Mona Lisa using a computer-controlled paint gun.

11 Notable Presidential Pardons

Ethan Trex

As George W. Bush's second term winds to a close, he's being inundated with requests for pardons.

6 Reasons Why James Lipton is the Coolest

Jason Plautz

As host of Inside the Actor's Studio, James Lipton has garnered a reputation as a stuffy academic, throwing around words like "existential" and sounding out every syllable in "ext