Bush's potty mouth


Y'all see that Bush was caught using the S-word today? (I'm using y'all since I know mental_floss started in Bama). My personal favorite cussing by a public figure is Gen.

Armchair Field Trip: Ogunquit, Maine


I just got back from a sunburned weekend in the twee little town of Ogunquit and thought I'd share a few things I learned: * If anyone tries to tell you that "Ogunquit" means "b

Very brief history of Lebanese-Israeli conflict

Will Pearson

You may have seen this in one of the morning papers but there's an AP write-up on the history of the Lebanese-Israeli conflict.

Foreign Accents, Brain Damage and Madonna

Mangesh Hattikudur

I was thumbing through edits this weekend of mental_floss' upcoming Med School in a Box (kudos to Mary and her husband Tim for churning out such a wonderful project!), when I came across a fact t

How to get into the Guinness Book

Will Pearson


The New - Pardon Our Progress

Will Pearson

As you can see, has a new look and a terrific cast of daily contributors. We think you'll agree it's a knowledge junkie's dream.

Weekend Word Wrap

David K. Israel

Welcome to the first in a series of Friday afternoon posts meant to hold you through the weekend.

Astronauts running low on oxygen? No problem, they've got urine.

Will Pearson


Extra, extra


A la Slate's "Today's Papers," I glean the best stuff from the country's top three newspapers so you don't have to: "Forging Ahead in Moscow," from the LA Ti

Video of "celebrities:" It's genius!


Sydney Brenner is a brilliant biologist, Freeman Dyson is a fantastic physicist, W.D.


David K. Israel

It's hard to remember a time when emoticons weren't part of our typed vernacular.

They're blue, da ba dee, da ba die


I know it's not nice to make fun of people from "the hills of eastern Kentucky" (I'm from the hills of eastern Georgia, so there's a pot-kettle dynamic), but the Kircher Socie

I'd rather not think of sleep as being dangerous

Will Pearson


TV reporting...dangerous


On The New Republic's blog, The Plank, today, Michael Crowley hits us with this posting: 'A Fox News correspondent just reported from the scene of the latest California wildfire about one

Just when you thought it was safe...

David K. Israel let the chicken die, Reuters reports today that an egg has been laid with the word "Allah" inscribed on its shell.