On Music: 5 other composers who went deaf

David K. Israel

Everyone knows that Beethoven wrote some of his most famous music after he'd already gone deaf. But guess what? He wasn't the only one.

September 26, 2007

Miss Cellania

Crocodiles have a powerful homing instinct. Move them, and they'll travel hundred of miles to get home.

Garage bands


Since my foreign garage sale correspondents are still filing their reports, wouldn't you know I'd find another way to talk about garages. Specifically, the garage band.

How Did You Learn to Type?

Chris Higgins

When I was in elementary school, I attended a twice-weekly "computer class" which primarily consisted of repeated runs through some now-forgotten typing software on Apple ][e computers.

Dressing Up The Set

Jason English

As soon as we hang the whiteboard, Mangesh and I will be all moved in. I'm writing today from the new, semi-permanent mental_floss New York headquarters.

6 Unexpected Uses For Animal Dung

Marissa Lee

Get excited! From fertilizer to fuel to flaming baggies on doorsteps, you probably know all the standard uses for dung. But apparently there's a whole world of crap you don't know.

A handy little death countdown application

Ransom Riggs

There are forward-thinking people, and then there's Wired co-founder Kevin Kelly.

Tuesday Turnip

David K. Israel

It's time for another whimsical Tuesday Turnip search wherein I type a random phrase and we see what kind of interesting factoids "turn-up." Today I typed in "quotes attributed

X-Rays in the News

Miss Cellania

How far can cameras go to make the personal into the public? Pretty far, considering how many news stories I've seen in the past year illustrated with x-rays, MRIs, and medical tomography.

September 25, 2007

Miss Cellania

The longest non-stop flight ever measured. Yes, it was a bird!

Around the world in a few good garage sales



A Moment of Silence for Marcel Marceau

Mangesh Hattikudur

Over the years, I feel like I've seen Marcel Marceau around a lot.

The Laugh Track

Chris Higgins

I was recently reminded how much I hate laugh tracks when I downloaded the free pilot of Big Bang Theory from iTunes, on a tip from Pop Candy.

Who gets the parking space?

Ransom Riggs

Parking can be high drama in big cities like mine, so I guess I shouldn't be surprised to have witnessed two parking-related near-beatings in recent weeks, both misguided attempts to answer this

Office Rat-A-Tat: is it okay to steal from your office?

David K. Israel

From our last Rat-A-Tat on typos, we move to lifted office supplies, or, as one of my colleagues likes to call them, "office perks." I'd be surprised if you told me you've never ta