Who Pays for the Obama Family's Food?

Ethan Trex

Like all presidents, Barack Obama and his family will have to pay for their own food while they're living in the White House. But does someone actually send them a bill?

6 Days on a Container Ship

Chris Higgins

Today's awesomeness: excellent travel writing from Fred Scharmen, a man who spent six days aboard Dettifoss, a container ship.

Angels of Death: 8 Medical Murderers

Miss Cellania

Serial murderers can come from any background and work in any profession. However, medical careers make it easy for someone who is inclined to murder to carry it out, and to cover it up.

Brain Game: Bit 10 Times?

Research has revealed that, upon hearing a phrase beginning with the words "Let X equal," some humans perk up and focus in on the mathematic joy that follows.

Win the new mystery Never Tell a Lie

David K. Israel

For those who missed our interview yesterday with Hallie Ephron, author of the new mystery Never Tell a Lie, you'll want to check that out here because today we're giving away two free copie

Morning Cup of Links: How to Lose $20 Billion

Miss Cellania

How to Lose $20 Billion of Value in 2 Trading Days.

Our Next Book Giveaway: Secret Lives of Great Authors (Plus Yesterday's Winner)

Jason English

Earlier today in my "what our web friends are up to" post, we linked to's "Top 99 Women of 2009" list.

The Quick 10: 10 Not-Famous Twins of Famous People

Stacy Conradt

I was kind of stunned when I read something recently that quoted Gisele Bündchen's twin.

3 New Shirts (Plus A Big Shirt Sale)

Mangesh & Jason

The three latest mental_floss shirts were added to our store this morning. To celebrate this joyous occasion, all of our shirts, new and old, are currently on sale for the brilliant price of $14.90.

How Do Fire Eaters Eat Fire?

Matt Soniak

Very carefully. No, I'm not being a smart aleck; fire eaters, from fakirs to sideshow performers, have very few secrets about their craft.

3 Hells on Earth

Scott Allen

What do San Jose, Applebee's, Wyoming, Chuck E. Cheese, and the Apple Store have in common?

Remixing Kubrick

Chris Higgins

Us _floss bloggers are obsessed with Stanley Kubrick. And why not, with an endless stream of new Kubrick-related material hitting the web?

What happens if we run out of seeds?

Ethan Trex

Plants are a crucial part of the environment, but in many ways they're frustratingly delicate.

A Few Words on a Few Friends (of the Floss)

Mangesh & Jason

In the right-hand column of, you'll find a list of our friends.

Brain Game: Rhoda Rooters

It was lunchtime at the WJM newsroom in Minneapolis, and sandwiches were served all around. Lou, Mary, and Murray ate a quick lunch at their desks, while Ted had his delivered to his dressing room.