Science that matters


Assuming you've already read the Most Important Question of the Day (because jeez, if it's that important shouldn't you already have read it?), you may also be interested in this tidbit

I missed the Redneck Games!

Will Pearson


The importance of being Ernest


Hey, guys: You've got just 10 more days to grow out your beards, boost your alcohol tolerance, brush up on your boxing (and your knack for writing unadorned but devastating prose) and get down to

So much cooler than a calculator


... and less Luddite than an abacus, it's the perfect gift for your mathematician friend who has everything: it's Consul the Educated

I love to fly and it shows


This morning, as I flew from the world's busiest airport to (IMHO) the world's most inefficient airport, I got to wondering why my chosen airline was named after a geographical feature that

Why do Gorillas Eat Rotting Wood?

Will Pearson


2's company, 3's a crowd, and 200 is...

David K. Israel

Just to continue on my probability and statistics theme of earlier, after writing the Birthday odds post below, I decided to randomly type the following into my browser's search engine, just to s

Happy Birthday to Me! ... and him... and her...

David K. Israel

I was talking to a friend of mine recently who makes his living as an actuary.

Chic Magnet

Mangesh Hattikudur

If you're looking for a an air mattress that truly lives up to the name, check out the new magnetic floating bed designed by Dutch architect Janjaap Ruijssenaars.

Lost Treasures from Around the World

Will Pearson

I've always wondered what happened to the backpack Delta lost on a flight I took from Boston to Atlanta over a decade ago.  There's a good chance it turned up in the town of Scottsbo

You can't win it if you're not in it


With memories of the media retreat rapidly, er, retreating from my mind, I thought I'd better provide the answer to the question I posed on Friday.

How the Black Widow Trains

Will Pearson

Earlier this week I wrote about Sonya Thomas, a.k.a. the "Black Widow," who has won numerous competitive eating contests involving hotdogs, oysters, meatballs and plenty of other foods.

Fat kids lifting weights

Will Pearson

The media has definitely covered the obesity epidemic in America in recent years and the situation doesn't seem to be improving.

Interstate Redux


Sometimes we at mental_floss make mistakes, or just don't get all the facts.

Time Travel

David K. Israel

Want to take a trip back in time through the Internet? No, I'm not talking about real time traveling, I'm talking virtual time traveling, of course.