Thomas Jefferson wrote parts of the Declaration of Independence in a Philadelphia tavern.
For years, the conventional wisdom on multitasking has been that it's a valuable skill necessary when competing in today's mile-a-minute world of 24-hour news, e-commerce and portable everyt
On July 5, 1054, people all over the world must have been pretty stunned when a giant star bit the dust. The star had burned up its energy, collapsed in on itself and burst from the pressure.
Iowa Teen Abandoned in Nebraska
A new law in Nebraska states that any child can be relinquished by anyone at a hospital without incurring abandonment charges.
We're hoping that you can come up with the answer to today's Brain Game. Regular fans know that we love anagrams, and recently, we began to wonder which word has the most one-word anagrams.
There are so many different stories about the Three Stooges' origin. Here's one that sounds good.
Ten Meetings that Rocked the World.
As you will be reminded countless times in the coming week, when you cast your vote in next Tuesday's presidential election, you're not taking part in a nationwide popular vote, but rather h
As you put the finishing touches on your costume and stock up on candy for the neighborhood kids, let's take a minute to reflect on the origins of these and other Halloween traditions.
On this day in 1874, Nicholas Roerich was born.
An October surprise is any bit of news that breaks right before an election that has the capability to help determine the outcome of the race.
To get you guys excited for The Mental Floss History of the World, we'll be posting occasional pop quizzes featuring material pulled from the book.
Over the past few months, some exciting (perhaps heart-stopping) action has played out on the world financial stage.
New book recommendation! Assuming you've already pre-ordered the mental_floss History of the World, that is.
We can't say for sure exactly where playing cards came from, but lost of historians think the Chinese probably came up with them.
It seems a lot of you are taking us up on our new special at Amazon (if you preorder our new History of the World book, we'll give you a free 6-month subscription to the magazine).
The wreckage of Steve Fossett's plane was located last month, but it's still too early to say with absolute certainty that Fossett's body has been found.