The itsy bitsy spider

Mangesh Hattikudur

Who knew heavy dew on a spiderweb could look so elegant? Amazing photos brought to you by one of my daily fixes,

"Iron" Mike ready to fight women?

Mangesh Hattikudur

Despite years of perfecting my Nintendo jabs and uppercuts on Mike Tyson's Punchout!, I never made it to the level where you get to box a woman.

Who's Jonny? Or should we say, where's Jonny?


I was ruminating over what to do with the dirt I'd gathered on our least-favorite comment spammer, "Jonny," when our research editor Sandy sent over an email with an intriguing observat

A brief history of Borat

Ransom Riggs

For those of you who haven't caught a snippet of Borat yet, take it from us -- you're missing out.

Vote for the World's Ugliest Animal

Will Pearson

The Matamata Turtle (translation from Spanish: "I kill, I kill") Russian wheat aphid Almiqui - believed to be extinct until 2003     Check out the LiveScience piece

Armchair Field Trip: Louisville, Kentucky


We're back from the Idea Festival, and all week long we'll be telling you about some of the cool people we met and things we learned.

How To: Break Out of Prison

Maggie Koerth-Baker

I know, I know, you're thinking, "Finally, something practical!" And you'd be right.

Baseball and the first unique prime number: 3

David K. Israel

As the baseball postseason swings ever closer to the World Series (fyi: the Fall Classic begins this coming Saturday), I thought I'd get us all in the mood by looking at some curious connections

Quiz of the Day: Playing Bass

Our apologies, but the Quiz of the Day is temporarily down for maintenance again while we fine-tune the coding. We're hoping to get the scoring system repaired ASAP, but in the meantime, chec

Teacher Appreciation Week on mental_floss


Socrates taught Plato, Plato taught Aristotle, Aristotle taught Alexander the Great... history is filled with great teachers (there's a nice bit on those three here).

Celluloid stumper #2: Two sides to every story?


My husband looked at this graphic last night and said, "he has a side?" Who can tell me what Woody Allen movie he was quoting from?

Meet our "Prairie Home" companions!


We had so many entries in the "tell us why you're above average" Prairie Home Companion DVD contest that we couldn't pick among them -- so, as predicted, we had to draw them out of

Bringing you the latest news in Weird Festivals


For the sake of our more squeamish readers (particularly with lunch coming up soon), we're going to put the picture that goes with this caption (from the Cellar's ever-amusing "Image of

Chew on this: world food day

Ransom Riggs

Perhaps not inappropriately, World Food Day this year closely follows on the heels of Friday the 13th.

This is your hamster on drugs

Mangesh Hattikudur

NewScientist is reporting that a team of scientists at the University of Texas at Austin has discovered that Prozac, when used in low doses on juvenile hamsters, makes the creatures considerably more