7 Quick Facts About G.E. Smith

Jason English

When it came to preserving early-1990s TV history, I was rather overzealous.

Evolving New Ways to Walk

Chris Higgins

Darwin@Home is a computer program created by Gerald de Jong to model evolution.

History of the World: Famous Fires

Stacy Conradt

If you're a good sleuth—I mean, if you could really give Sherlock Holmes or Nancy Drew a run for their money—then you might have noticed that the _floss has a book coming out

Native or Not? The True Stories behind 5 "American Indian" Actors

Kara Kovalchik

Over the years, plenty of Hollywood stars have fudged their resumes and claimed to be American Indians.

The Melancholy Deaths of Edward Gorey's Children

Ransom Riggs

Legendary author-illustrator Edward Gorey -- most famous for animating the timeless intro to PBS' Mystery! -- never had any children of his own, though he drew plenty of them.

Anyone Can Play Guitar - Lesson No. 2

David K. Israel

Welcome back. Today we'll really get down to business and start you off on your first chord, E Major, as well as some guitar basics.

A Very Special Announcement from mental_floss!

Mangesh & Jason

Our very first hardback, The Mental Floss History of the World: An Irreverent Romp Through Civilization's Best Bits goes on sale on the web today!

The Folding Bike

Miss Cellania

Bikes are great. Great exercise, no fuel costs, very maneuverable, and no emissions. The biggest drawback to using a bike is its size. Most bikes are too big to take

Brain Game: Minnesota

Happy Monday! Harry and Larry are twins, born to the same parents in 1987. Harry is the elder twin, born twenty minutes before Larry, but Harry celebrated his 21st birthday two days befo

Morning Cup of Links: Disgusting Candy

Miss Cellania

Footprints from 570 million years ago have been found in Nevada.

What would happen if you ate one of those silica gel packets?

Matt Soniak

Well, for one thing, you'd be eating a misnomer. Silica gel isn't actually a gel, but a granular form of silicon dioxide (SiO2), a compound formed when silicon is oxidized.

Lunchtime Quiz Leftovers

Jason English

Sculpting With Pencils: Jennifer Maestre

Andréa Fernandes

As evidenced by our "What is art?" post and its accompanying discussion, people have vastly different opinions of what materials can be used to create art and what can be classified as art.

2 New Shirts for Your Wearing Pleasure (Plus a Sale)

Jason English

Despite vocal protests from the vampire lobby, today we're adding two new shirts to the mental_floss store.

The Weekend Links

Allison Keene

If you're feeling in a political mood, check out some of these vintage Presidential Campaign Commercials as far back as 1952, from the Museum of the Moving Image.