Reusable water bottles


Even though I have a Brita in my home, I still find myself buying too much bottled water. Would this change if I committed to a reusable beverage container? Why not--I'm already Brita groupie.

Why You Shouldn't Invest in Forever Stamps

Chris Higgins

When the USPS introduced Forever Stamps -- First Class stamps that are valid forever, regardless of future rate increases -- my friends immediately had a clever idea: invest in them.

How To: Die Laughing

Maggie Koerth-Baker

YOU WILL NEED A Sense of Humor Poor

Happy blog-day to me

Ransom Riggs

It's been a year this week since I started blogging for mental_floss, and to commemorate such an auspicious anniversary, I thought I'd take a page from David's book, Google the phrase &

7 Underhanded Sports Tactics (Including how to knock out a deaf guy)

Mangesh Hattikudur

As Chris Connolly found out, cheating is unimaginative, brutish, and plain crass.

The First Time News Was Fit To Print, V

Jason English

Walkman July 7,

Who flew before the Wright Brothers?

Miss Cellania

Orville and Wilbur Wright are generally credited with being the first in flight. Whether that's true depends on your definition of "flight".

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." In honor of the Turnip's one-year an

Beach sand as bacteria source: shocking?


Engineers at Stanford have been combing West Coast beaches to show how beach sand is just as capable of passing along harmful bacteria as ocean water. The study, published in the journal Environmenta

Elsewhere In My Yard

Jason English

We've talked on two occasions about the potential removal of my gigantic rock. Despite all the great suggestions, I still haven't decided what to do.

Extra Icing on Top

Mangesh Hattikudur

The always amazing Neatorama tipped me off on these gorgeous photos of ice caves from glaciologist Jason Gulley.

Four Pieces of Land Not Worth Fighting Over (But That Never Stopped Anyone)

Jason Plautz

The Falkland

Behind the Scenes at Indie Shirt Stores

Chris Higgins

I've long been a shopper at Woot!, so finding Shirt.Woot! was welcome news. The business model is simple: one day, one shirt.

More Than Meets the Eye: The Coolest CD/MP3 Player We'll Never Own

Mangesh Hattikudur

Check out the clever Transforming music player from design genius Yong-Seong Kim.

Amazing maps

Ransom Riggs

Assuming they're accurate, maps are usually the most literal and straightforward way to interpret the world around us possible: in terms of distances and terrain.