Catching Up With The Plague

Stefanie Fontanez

The plague. It's not just a disease of the past. This highly contagious killer is striking again across the globe. Nearly 3,000 people caught the plague last year, and hundreds have died.

The Coldest Places on Earth

Miss Cellania

A few days ago, I woke to find my pipes frozen. The outdoor temperature was in the single digits, and the house temperature hovered in the 50s all day.

7 Outrageous Items Spotted at the 99¢ Only Store

David K. Israel

If you live in California, Nevada, Arizona or Texas, you probably know all about the 99¢ Only Stores, where nothing is over 99¢, ever! It's a great place to pick up light bulbs, cleaning supplie

January 24th, 2008

Miss Cellania

Ten Stunning Ultra-Geeky Home Cinemas, each designed around one favorite movie or movie series. Star Trek outnumbers Star Wars 3 to 1. * 21 Money-Saving Sites from Around the Web.

Party in the fuselage! This one's on the Contras...


A friend of mine just returned from Costa Rica, where stray dogs act as sherpas & if you want to get your drink on in a Fairchild C-123 cargo plane--a vestige from the Iran-Contra affair--you can

Before They Came to America: Giants of Hong Kong Cinema

Allison Keene

A niche knowledge and passion of mine is Hong Kong cinema, most specifically the Gun Fu films (you read that right) of the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Inspiring Images: FFFFOUND!

Chris Higgins

FFFFOUND! is a community-driven design resource, posting interesting images -- photos, graphic design, paintings, all kinds of stuff.

7 Famous Phrases Famous People Own

Caroline Donnelly

A trademark is a word, symbol, or phrase used to identify particular products. Think of Nike and their swoosh.

The mental_floss newsletter

Jason English

Yesterday I mentioned the "I Read Mental Floss" Facebook group, and membership shot up to 1,300*. Guess the existence of this group was a secret.

Weird names, ironic and otherwise

Ransom Riggs

Having grown up with a name like Ransom -- people sometimes assume it's a blog-world pseudonym; nope -- I know all about the blessings and curses of having a weird name.

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.