Give me a small enough bike, and a place to pedal...

Mangesh Hattikudur

and I'll move the earth? Check out some of these incredible photos of people transporting things on their two-wheelers, posted on Lord of the Logistics. Link via

Paris has Japanese tourists running to the Shrink

Mangesh Hattikudur

Just for the record, we're talking about Paris the city, not Paris the celebutante.

How To Blow Stuff Up

Maggie Koerth-Baker

Oh, sure, you could just go buy some fireworks, but where's the fun in that?

Celebrity drunkards

Ransom Riggs

Here in the states, we like our flags stripey, our pies appley and our celebrities blotto.

Museum Attacked by House!

Will Pearson

The Museum of Modern Art in Vienna has a new look this month.

In the beginning, we needed help naming the book


We're working on a book about the origins of, oh, just about everything, and we need your help. Specifically, we don't know what to call it.

Other Great Moments in Baseball History

Jason English

During game two of the World Series, FOX cameras noticed a suspicious substance on Detroit pitcher Kenny Rogers' left hand. Rogers cleaned up between innings.

He's baaaaaaack...


On Friday, Jonny attempted to spam this post and this one, both from October. Then, he went all the way back into the archives and tried to leave his mark here, here, and here.

Contest: It's "Halloweek" on mental_floss!


Halloween is my very favorite holiday -- and yes, I'll admit to getting into it super-sexy-costume style.

Do Red Cars Get Ticketed More?

Will Pearson

This is a long standing belief and a question where I would've guessed "yes" but it turns out another myth has been busted by the folks at Snopes. When asked why red cars would be ti

My littlest pony

Ransom Riggs

Meet Thumbelina. At a mere 17" in height and 60 pounds in weight, she's not just a miniature horse -- she's a miniature miniature horse.

Crazy uses for everyday things

Mangesh Hattikudur

I don't know why you'd want to make a pacifier out of a cactus, earmuffs out of tennis balls, or fake fingernails out of postage stamps, but this sort of stuff always makes me smile.

4 Dictators with Infamous Sweet Tooths

Mangesh Hattikudur

There's no way to justify what these guys did. Or ate. 1.

Studio 60/30 Rock...? TV Writing by the numbers

David K. Israel

A little foreshadowing for you: The Nov/Dec issue of mental_floss (due to hit newsstands any day now) has a fun Scatterbrained theme: TV So, to get you all in the mood, I thought I'd ask a profe

So take off all your clothes


I know I've written an awful lot about nude beaches in the last few months -- I'm really not trying to tell you guys anything -- but I had to reprint this classic quote from an AP story abou