3 Famous Goldbergs

David K. Israel


January 23rd, 2008

Miss Cellania

Piecing Together the Dark Legacy of East Germany's Secret Police. Forty years of secret files are coming to light, including the shredded ones. * The Top 10 real life Star Trek inventions.

The allure of cities with numbers in their names


Yes, there's something transparently cool about Truth or Consequences, NM, or Hell, MI, but there's coolness AND precision in cities bearing numbers in their names: Twentynine Palms, CA

Famous Globsters

Stacy Conradt

If you ask me, globsters have the makings of a terrible (but great) horror movie. What is a globster? So glad you asked. A globster is"¦ well"¦ it's kind of hard to define.


Jason English

"¢ When nobody was looking, the "I Read Mental Floss" Facebook group reached 1,000 members. That's quite a party.

Photo Challenge #1: Your "Pants"

Ransom Riggs

Due to overwhelming response to yesterday's call for photographers, we figured we'd better strike while the iron's hot and give you shutterbugs your first challenge right away!

Why We Write

Chris Higgins

Last year we linked to George Orwell's classic essay Why I Write, in which Orwell explains his motivations (including massive ego) for writing.

The History of 'It' Girls (And Their Predictable Downfalls)

Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

Heavy is the head that wears the "It" girl tiara. Sure, it's all fun and games "“ or coke and threesomes "“ at first.

Feel Art Again: "Lark"

Andréa Fernandes

To break up the winter doldrums, I present to you a painting filled with the joys of spring: Hungarian artist Pál Szinyei-Merse's "Lark," painted in 1882. 1.

Weekend Genius Challenge #16 Winner!

No one got a perfect score on Weekend Genius Challenge #16, but the first one to get 11 out of the 12 "ninety-nine" songs was Jake!

Seven Strange and Wonderful Dishes

Miss Cellania

Nothing succeeds like excess! The earlier mental_floss article Food Challenges for the Super Hungry, Super Competitive or Super Cheap celebrated foods that are excessive in size.

Tuesday Turnip

David K. Israel

It's time for another whimsical Tuesday Turnip search wherein I type a random phrase and we see what kind of interesting factoids "turn-up." Today I typed in "The average baby&q

January 22, 2008

Miss Cellania

The Unburdened Mind. Roughly one in every 100 men (or 300 women) is a psychopath. Do you know one? * 10 Traits To Be Perceived As A Winner!

America's Plan to Invade Everyone

Matt Soniak

Before that whole treason thing sullied his historical legacy, Benedict Arnold led an invasion force into Canada during the American Revolution.

What is a dandy?


So if you haven't heard, it's that time again: The New Yorker is holding their 2008 Eustace Tilley Contest.