Our Readers Are Nerds! (We Have Proof)

Ransom Riggs

I've long harbored a suspicion that most of our floss readers (and certainly our staffers) are closet nerds, and as far as I'm concerned, this photo challenge proved it.

Automatic Solar Hybrid Mower

Miss Cellania

Exactly what is it that you hate about mowing the lawn in the summer? Is it the time involved? The exertion? The noise? The smell? That could all become a memory that we tell our kids about.

Creatively Speaking: Monty Hall

David K. Israel

Most people know Monty Hall from his brilliant game show, Let's Make a Deal.

March 10th, 2008

Miss Cellania

While you struggle to get up an hour earlier this morning, think of all the energy we save with Daylight Saving Time.

Weekend Genius Challenge #23: Spring Forward

Daylight Saving Time will rob us of an hour this weekend, and darn it, I want to know where those sixty minutes go. Sure, I'll get them back this autumn, provided I'm still around.

Photo Challenge #4: Your Most Embarrassing Picture from Childhood

Ransom Riggs

I don't know about you, but I seem to have a lot of super-embarrassing photos of myself as a kid.

Weekend Genius Challenge #22 Winner(s)!

Last weekend, we asked readers to come up with song titles of 10 letters or more that used only one if the five vowels (A, E, I, O, or U).

The Weekend Links

Allison Keene

"¢ From my faithful friend Jan, here are Five Great Auditory Illusions.

Name the ACC in 1 Minute

Jason English

To get everyone excited for next Saturday's mental_floss College Weekend tipoff, we'll be slowly rolling out these conference naming exercises.

Scentless Apprentice: All About Anosmia

Stacy Conradt

Sometimes in meetings we are asked to share a little-known fact about ourselves as an "icebreaker." (I hate icebreakers, by the way.) But my fact is always the same and I think it's pr

Great Movies About Farting

Ransom Riggs

We've had plenty of high-brow discussions of things cinematic here on the blog, from my recent list of great movie metaphors and over-hyped tracking shots to last week's deconstructions of w

Friday Happy Hour

Jason English

1. Way back in 2006, we held mental_floss Teacher Appreciation Week. One day, we'll do this again. But for now, if you had to celebrate one teacher, who would it be? Why? 2.

The Weird Week ending March 7th

Miss Cellania

Man takes Car on 2,000 Mile Test Drive There's a fine line between "test drive" and "auto theft", but a man in Australia was way over the line.

12 Knock-offs that'll knock off your socks!

David K. Israel

Everyone knows about Rolex knock-offs and Louis Vuitton imitations, but at least with those, the company doing the knocking-off goes to a lot of trouble to replicate the brand name, as well as the mer

March 7th, 2008

Miss Cellania

The Collected Controversies of William F. Buckley. The famous conservative smoked marijuana, hated the Beatles, and worked for the CIA. * Silhouette Masterpiece Theater.