When assistants bite: venom from the ground up


By now we can all probably agree that it would be unpleasant at best to wake up and find ourselves in the charge of Naomi Campbell. Or, retroactively, Leona Helmsley.

Feel Art Again: Portrait of Isabella of Portugal

Andréa Fernandes

Today marks the 549th anniversary of the birth of Isabella of Portugal, wife of Charles V, Empress of the Holy Roman Empire, and Queen of Spain.

Guest Blog-star: AJ Jacobs!

AJ Jacobs

To paraphrase the late great Phil Hartman on the Simpsons, you might remember me from such mental_floss backpages as G,H,I or J.

AskOxford's Ask The Experts

Chris Higgins

While Googling some grammar questions the other day, I came across a goldmine: AskOxford's Ask the Experts page.

Tuesday Turnip

David K. Israel

Today's Turnip is a bit different than normal.

Shorts that don't suck, vol. 2

Ransom Riggs

Writing this days in advance, I can't be sure -- and will just have to assume -- that volume I of "shorts that don't suck" was an unprecedented victory for blog awesomeness, and de

In the Beginning: Do a little dance!

Mangesh Hattikudur

Who said you can't have your cake and eat it too? Our new book In the Beginning's hitting stores in little over a week, and we've got a fat slice of fact waiting for you below.

Our Favorite Vampires

Miss Cellania

Vampires come in all shapes and forms, and they are certainly more numerous (at least at parties) near Halloween! Here's a look at some pop culture

October 23, 2007

Miss Cellania

With no eyes or brains, corals manage to have spontaneous group sex right after a full moon. Scientists have determined its a moonlight-sensing gene at work. How to move a 900-ton brick building.

From The Mailbag...

Mangesh & Jason

Q. It says here on your website that you have a bi-monthly magazine (Editor's note: we do =====>). I'd like to pick up a newsstand copy before I commit to subscribing.

On returning stuff


Recently, my roommate starred in a music video of one of her songs (it's great--I'll post it when it's edited).

Ridiculous Board Games: The Winner

Jason English

When my computer quit on me last week, the last thing I wanted to think about was picking a winner in the Ridiculous Board Games t-shirt contest.

iTunes U Expands

Chris Higgins

We covered the launch of iTunes U in May, pointing to a body of free educational content delivered via the iTunes Store.

In the Studio with Michael Stusser

Mangesh Hattikudur

Watch our pal Michael Stusser give Sigmund Freud the third degree in his latest Dead Guy

Weekend Genius Challenge #3 winner

It looks like our weekenders had a bit of fun with our latest Genius Challenge.