King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV is dead, long live the king


The king of Tonga, whose name is in the headline of this post (you don't think I'm actually typing that again, do you?) recently passed on.

How To Snub The Automated Operator

Jason English

Last Saturday, I thought I found an error on my cell phone bill.

THIS WEEK'S CONTEST: Design our 5th Anniversary Cover already!

Mangesh Hattikudur

That's right, after 5 years of hard labor at the Floss Factory, the mental_floss cover team is ready for a breather.

The day I left home, 9/12/01

Ransom Riggs

Forgive me if today I blog about something a little more serious, and somewhat less _Flossy, than usual.

Tuesday Turnip

David K. Israel

It's time for another whimsical Tuesday Turnip Google search wherein I type a random phrase and we see what kind of interesting factoids "turn-up." Today I typed in "100 years a

What are the odds?

Will Pearson

1) A New York woman recently won a million dollars on a scratch-off lottery ticket for the second time in four years.

If you're not getting Stephen Hawkings' Assistant job"¦

Mangesh Hattikudur

Perhaps you'll have a better chance landing a role in the London-based "The Lord of the Rings" musical.

Some products I'm not entirely sure how I feel about"¦

Mangesh Hattikudur

Actually I think it's quite funny. This soap is made to help bleary-eyed morning showerers keep track of which part of the soap is being used where.

Another product I'm not entirely sure how I feel about"¦

Mangesh Hattikudur

I saw this hands-free umbrella at OhGizmo, and since I've become the official go-to umbrella guy here (I've somehow ended up reporting on all things umbrella), I figured this post only made

How much do you think the insurance costs?


While working on our upcoming cover story on "The Future" (more about that later today from Mangesh), I ran across the Transition, which was the closest thing I'd ever seen to a flying

The September Project


Check your local library -- 500 of them around the world are hosting talks about freedom and democracy

USA Today not ready for some football


Our research editor, Sandy Wood, reads the newspaper with a red pen -- even the USA Today sports section, apparently, because in the course of his after-the-fact checking this weekend, he found a dooz

Iced over

David K. Israel

Via popgadget, we bring you a shocking new product from a company called Water Bank of America: Ice Rocks, or secured ice cubes, which, as their website states, were "designed to address the salu


Jason English

The summer of 2001 was spent searching for Chandra Levy, mourning Mr. Belvedere, and pardoning Microsoft.

Obesity is more than a U.S. problem

Will Pearson

The media often talks about how fat the U.S. is and while that's true, scientists gathering at the 10th International Congress on Obesity are pointing out that this is a global problem.