$50,000 Tuition Giveaway

Mangesh & Jason

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Site Maintenance: Comments Turned Off

Jason English

Hey everybody. For the next 18 hours (give or take), we'll be undergoing a little site maintenance. Unfortunately, this means you won't have the ability to comment on today's posts.

4 Reasons You Must Watch HBO's "John Adams"

Chris Higgins

At last night's Emmy Awards, HBO's John Adams miniseries won a boatload of awards. It's out on DVD now, and I enjoyed the heck out of it when it aired on HBO earlier this year.

The Origins of Credit Cards, Checks, Coins and Bills

In the Beginning

With the financial world in a state of flux, we thought now was a good time to explore the early history of credit cards, checks, coins and paper money. Credit Cards In the 1800s, you could pick

A New Kind of Ocean Pollutant: Noise

Ransom Riggs

Sleeping with the fishes is getting a lot harder these days.

The Quick 10: What 10 CEOs Were Doing Before Conquering the Corporate World

Stacy Conradt

Yeah, they're making a bazillion dollars now, but even the corporate bigwigs had to start somewhere. Here are a few that might give you hope for your own career.

How Did You Know? - {day 1}

David K. Israel

We're back with another 5-day trivia hunt! To remind you of the rules: Every day this week, I'll be presenting a specific challenge.

The Corpus Clock & Chronophage

Miss Cellania

Stephen Hawking made some enigmatic allusions to "a new way to tell time" last week before he unveiled the Chronophage at Corpus Christi College in Cambridge, England Friday.

Brain Game: Sock It to Me... Again

Where's my thumbdrive? Okay, that's not a Brain Game. It's just a question that I felt like posing, particularly since I can't find mine.

Morning Cup of Links: Witches, Beware!

Miss Cellania

People read screen text in a completely different way from print sources. This may explain why reading scores go down when computers are introduced into the classroom.

Lunchtime Quiz Leftovers

Jason English

It's Your Art: The NYC Waterfalls

Andréa Fernandes

Since June 26, four massive man-made waterfalls have been in operation in New York City. The waterfalls were designed by world-renowned artist Olafur Eliasson.

Chester Alan Arthur: The Underrated President With Three First Names

Special Guest Star

On this date in 1881, Chester A. Arthur was sworn in as President of the United States.

The Weekend Links

Allison Keene

An illusion using a Dragon, and how to make one for yourself (seriously, I would not want that dragon looking at me everywhere I go, illusion or not!) * From the Annals of Too Much Time ...

Weekend T-Shirt Sale: All Shirts $14.90

Jason English

Now's a great time to add a mental_floss t-shirt (or three) to your clothing rotation. 1) This weekend, all shirts are $14.90.