The internet: apparently, nothing but lies

Ransom Riggs

If you haven't heard of Lonelygirl15 yet, crawl out from underneath that virtual rock.

By the byline

David K. Israel

GOOD morning, ladies and gentlemen. We are delighted to welcome you aboard Veritas Airways, the airline that tells it like it is.

I'm gonna wash that sin right outta my hair


It turns out that dirty deeds really are -- people who feel like they've done something unethical feel the need to bathe more often, according to new research in Science: Liljenquist and her col

Plane Intelligence

Mangesh Hattikudur

According to ThisisLondon, a new smart plane is under development to serve as a last barrier of defense against terrorists and hijackers.

New Blackberry Feeds off Good Vibrations

Mangesh Hattikudur

New Scientist's Invention Blog is reporting that the new Blackberry is going to get a whole lot smarter thanks to some new technology.

Elemental Floss?

Mangesh Hattikudur

I found this on Neatorama, and thought it was hilarious. Someone's apparently decided to reorganize their keyboard like the elements on the periodic table, and I'm all for it!

It's Will, Jim, but not as we know him


What do Star Trek, the Monkees, pediatrics, being upside down, and D-Day have in common? Among other things, they're all in this clip from CNN featuring our fearless leader,

He's a Hisahito


The six-day-old Japanese heir to the throne -- who, we're sad to say, we can't show here because he's being hidden away from photographers, Suri-Cruise style -- is no longer nameless.

Post no Billboards

David K. Israel

In keeping with our Turnip theme of turning back the clock today, Billboard has nice feature on their site called the "Chart Rewind." And while it doesn't go back 100 years, it does go

Greg Veis, YouTube Hunter: 4 Crazy Japanese Game Shows


Like dogs and the novels of Sue Grafton, Japanese game shows are a hit in America.

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