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 "Einstein quotes&qu

Born to be rude

Ransom Riggs

Scientists discover the darndest things -- especially by accident.

Allah vs. God


There's an interesting debate going on at the Guardian about why English-speakers use the word Allah to refer to the Muslim version of God: There is no logical reason for this.

I'm not sure what's more troubling...



Be nice, and your brain will grow

Ransom Riggs

Or maybe it's the other way around: if your brain grows -- a specific region of the brain which scientists have recently linked to altruistic behavior, that is -- you'll be nice.

7 Gadgets You Don't Want to Admit Owning

Will Pearson

From the USB-powered butt cooler to the earwax remover with a camera attached, here are 7 gadgets you had no idea you needed so badly.

Memories of Action Park

Jason English

"You know you're from New Jersey," the chain email I receive roughly twice a year keeps telling me, "if you remember Action Park and were seriously injured there." I assume e

Small things bright and beautiful

Mangesh Hattikudur

I'm not really into insects, but I found this image at ettf, and was so stunned by the colors that I had to look it up. Apparently, the pic is of a caterpillar cecropia moth.

Shutter to think...

Mangesh Hattikudur

I stumbled into these very clever photos at Neatorama, and thought they were pretty genius.

Your own personal Pollock

Ransom Riggs

Feeling creative, but don't want to get paint on your shoes? Click on over to, and you can make a Pollock-style drip-paint masterpiece in minutes. Like this

Shuffle Redux?

Jason English

For the first time since 1986, the Chicago Bears are headed to the Super Bowl.

Read mental_floss, live longer!

David K. Israel

A fascinating new study out of the University of Warwick, in England seems to prove that winning a Nobel actually extends your life.

Best of Guest

Ransom Riggs

When it comes to comedic parody, few rival Christopher Guest. Sasha Baron Cohen, perhaps; Peter Sellers, certainly. But when it comes to musical parody, nobody holds a candle.

Good Hivekeeping

Mangesh Hattikudur

Man, I remember hearing all about the birds from my father-son chat with Pops, but apparently he didn't do much of a job clueing me in on the bees.

Pong for "Literary" Types

Mangesh Hattikudur

For those of you who always grumble through movie adaptations moaning, "the book was sooo much better" this version of Pong just might be for you.