LEGO, weapons of moderate destruction

Mangesh Hattikudur

There are two types of kids in this world: those who spend their time building towns and castles and LEGO cities on a hill, and those who spend their time trying to figure out how best to tear down th

Which ancient form of execution would you least prefer?

Ransom Riggs

Having touched briefly upon the lamentable scouring-to-death of Bibiana, patron saint of hangover cures, we promised to elaborate further on this method of execution, and famous folk who have endured

Two TV Facts You Must Know

Will Pearson

1) On February 28, 1983, at exactly 11:03pm, water use in NYC jumped by several million gallons. Why? The final episode of "M*A*S*H" had just ended.

Halloweek on mental_floss: Great Pumpkins


I swung by the Life is Good Pumpkin Festival last weekend and thought I'd share some photos. Also, I'll be carving my own pumpkin tonight, and I need some more inspiration. Ideas? Pics?

Thingamajig Thursday: the strigil

David K. Israel

In keeping with yesterday's Found Object theme, today I'm naming an archaic thingamajig—something often seen on Greek vases, sculptures and bronze artifacts.


David K. Israel

1. Masquerading as a man with a reason My charade is the event of the season And if I claim to be a wise man, well It surely means that I don't know 2.

Who's Jonny? Well, I think his last name is "Lee."


Best I can tell (and believe me, I'm surprised), he's a real person, perhaps one who wrote an evil bot program and named it after himself. He apparently lives in Sacramento.

"Halloweek" on mental_floss: This is thriller night


Halloweek continues right here on mental_floss today with a 14-minute classic, the very best video of all time: And, currently making the rounds on the Interweb, the Bollywood version: O

Teacher Appreciation Week: Gold Stars All Around!


Some of you have wondered who the winner is in the Teacher Appreciation Week contest.

World's Coolest Rain Coat

Will Pearson

Elise Co has designed a very cool rain jacket that lights up when rain hits it.

Pelican swallows (entire freakin' whole) pigeon


Y'know, I hate pigeons, but I don't think I would ever wish this fate on one of them: Families strolling through a London park were left shocked when a pelican picked up and swallowed an un

IQ-tips: Food Geeks

David K. Israel

The other week my wife came home with a bag of avocados, all of them rock-hard.

Questionably effective hangover remedies

Ransom Riggs

As a follow-up to yesterday's blog hailing the famous and the schnockered, we present our very favorite hangover cures that almost certainly don't work and you should by no means attempt.

Greg Veis, YouTube Hunter: 1 Filthy British Kids' Show


YouTube Hunter Quiz! Q: From Transformers to Barney, Sesame Street to Dora the Explorer, what, more than anything, do children's shows aired on American television lack? A: Filthy sexual in

Top Rated TV Shows of All-Time

Jason English

Monday night's ESPN telecast of the Giants-Cowboys game was the highest-rated cable program of all time.