Man in the box

Ransom Riggs

Meet Jeremy Bentham. One of 18th century England's foremost thinkers, he was by most standards a genius, and by all accounts, a pretty eccentric fella.

I'm rubber, you're glue...

Mangesh Hattikudur

I saw this superglue ad on ettf and thought it was pretty amusing. Oh, if only the UN could invest in a bit of rubber cement or Scotch tape and patch up the

Hunting for Answers

Jason English

In the late-1980s, my grandfather made a bold and sarcastic prediction. One day, he said, video games would magically beam your opponent onto the couch beside you. In 2006, anything is possible.

If we were crying they wouldn't be crocodile tears


Here at mental_floss, we're still reeling from the news that Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin was killed yesterday.

The Power of Pluto

David K. Israel

Okay, I'll admit it: I've been reading a weekly horoscope put out by the astrologers over at for the last six years or so.

We've got issues.


So, if you're reading this, you're probably at your desk, and that makes me sad, because it's Labor Day!

Week in Review: Feeling a bit wordy


All week long you've been sending us great new neologisms (is that redundant?) for our coin-a-new-word contest. For today's Week in Review, I'm doing the

Attack of the giant paper bugs


Part of me feels like using a computer to generate complex origami patterns is cheating. For hundreds of years, origami's most complex patterns topped out at 20 steps.

"Beware of pludog" doesn't have the same ring


We know, we know. It's been a week since Pluto was demoted, and it's time to come back to Earth and get on with our lives.

Weekend Word Wrap: Tom Swifties

David K. Israel

Some years ago, I was reading a book of short stories called Birds of America, by one of my favorite authors, Lorrie Moore, and happened upon my first Tom Swifty.

How the FBI chooses its 10 Most Wanted

Will Pearson

 If you turned on CNN or picked up a newspaper this week, you probably learned about the capture of Warren Steed Jeffs, one America's 10 Most Wanted Fugitives.

Armchair Field Trip: Rhinebeck, NY

David K. Israel

Ah, historic Hudson Valley"¦ the place where allergy sufferers go this time of year to keep Kleenex in business.

Pop annotations: "London Bridge" by Fergie

Ransom Riggs

While all but the most adept geniuses need annotations to make heads or tails of James Joyce's Ulysses or a molecular biology textbook, most folks seem to do just fine without expertly-annotated

Stuff I want from the Museum of Science


I'm not suggesting that anyone actually break into Boston's Museum of Science to obtain these things for me -- you'd just get tracked down and I'd have to give them back -- but non

Starbucks Giveth...

Jason English

I don't particularly like iced coffee. More of a 44-ounce, 600-calorie smoothie kind of guy. But when this coupon found its way into my Gmail, I was willing to expand my beverage horizons.