Armchair Field Trip: The Corn Palace

Stacy Conradt

At this time, we'd like to introduce you to the other new member of this ensemble, InternStacy Conradt, who's currently a graduate student at Iowa State University.

Writers' Favorite Fonts

Chris Higgins

Following up on yesterday's post about how you learned to type, I stumbled across a Slate article called My Favorite Font, which surveys various authors about what font they use to compose new wo

Your own personal yellow submarine

Ransom Riggs

If Elvis' infamous air-conditioned doghouse was considered the height of excess in the 1960s, the insane luxuries we have at our fingertips today make Elvis look like nothin' but a hound dog

Feel Art Again (A New Regular Feature)

Andréa Fernandes

"Feel Art Again" is something we've done before in the magazine. To make sure you're getting a steady diet of art education, we're reviving it here on the blog.

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