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Vintage Color Photos of Circus Showgirls

Jill Harness

If you've ever dreamed of running away to join the circus, then these amazing color photos of showgirls and other female performers from the 1940s and 1950s might just be the push you need. Of

A Message to People Who Follow Things on StumbleUpon

Jason English

Many, many people have discovered our site through StumbleUpon over the years. Last week, the company launched StumbleUpon Channels, which help Stumble users keep up with their favorite sites.

Weekend Links: One Man's Trash Is Another Man's Robot

Allison Keene

Robot Revolution Update: One man's trash is another man's … robot? (or in this case, Nerdbot) Beware! The revolution will begin in the trashcans!

Last Week's Most Popular Stories

Jason English

In case you weren't obsessively refreshing mentalfloss.com all week, here's what you

6 Questions About North Dakota's Oil Boom

Matthew Hickman

Oil Drilling Rig on Badlands; © Lowell Georgia/Corbis Millions of Americans would do almost anything for a job right now.

This Day in (Real) History: Ryan Adams and Bryan Adams Were Born

Jason English

Both Ryan Adams and Bryan Adams are celebrating birthdays today, which is just

Weekend Links: Mike Tyson, Poet?

Allison Keene

What do you think of when you gaze at the moon?

This Day in (Fake) History: Doc Brown Invented Time Travel

Jason English

On this date in 1955, Doc Brown hit his head on the edge of his sink and invented time travel. See Also: Back to the Future Co-Creator Bob Gale Explains How Marty and Doc Became Friends; Dear Slate

Lunchtime Quiz Leftovers

Jason English

Win a $3,000 Living Social Escape!

David K. Israel

I'll lead with a caveat: you have to have an i-something to participate in this contest. I know, I know. Not cool.

The Late Movies: Mixed Musical Genres

Miss Cellania

It's a treat for your ears when a song you know is performed in a completely different style.

Surrounded by Death on Snake Island

Dan Lewis

Dan Lewis runs the popular daily newsletter Now I Know (“Learn Something New Every Day, By Email”). To subscribe to his daily email, click

Alabama's Visitors' Locker Room Is Called The Fail Room

Jason English

I'm surprised nobody in our Birmingham office ever told me this story. Alabama's visitors locker room is named for James M. Fail (class of '49).

Prettier at Closing Time: How Beer Goggles Work

Matt Soniak

AISPIX / Shutterstock.com One of my all-time favorite songs, for which my girlfriend always calls me a redneck, is Mickey Gilley’s "Don't the Girls All Get Prettier at Closing Time."

World War I Centennial: The Treaty of Berlin

Erik Sass

Installment #1: Ironically November 4, 1911, was supposed to ensure lasting peace, but actually set the stage for the conflict to come.