mental_floss on NPR

Jason English

Our own Will Pearson was a guest on All Things Considered yesterday. Andrea Seabrook had him on to talk about our most recent book, In The Beginning.

Macworld Speculations

Miss Cellania

The Macworld Conference begins today in San Francisco, and the Macworld Expo opens tomorrow morning with Steve Jobs' keynote speech, where he customarily talks about everything Apple has done ove

Invisible Stat Counters Are Watching You: 4 Things You Need to Know

David K. Israel

If you don't have your own Web site, (or quite possibly even if you do), you probably don't know that most of them have invisible statistical counters programmed into the code.

January 14th, 2008

Miss Cellania

The Moral Instinct. Science is struggling to clarify what morality is and how it should steer our actions. Just like philosophy has always tried to do. * The most dangerous game reserve on earth.

And Now A Word About Our Sponsor

Jason English

If you're a regular visitor, you may have noticed this advertisement for Ithaca's 'Light in Winter'

Weekend Genius Challenge #15: Ladder Games

Our Weekend Genius Challenges sometimes test your intellect, sometimes your creativity, and sometimes your mental ability.

The Weekend Links

Allison Keene

Anyone who's ever picked up a bottle (or three) of "Two Buck Chuck" might appreciate this article on Fred Franzia, "The Scourge of Napa Vally." Not to be confused with Franzi

Fifth Caption Contest Finalists!

David K. Israel

[We're still accepting votes!] Thanks to all who entered our 5th Caption Contest. Now the fun really begins: it's up to YOU to pick the winner.

Lights, camera...painful auditions


It's Thursday, just one day closer to opening night of the American Idol, Season 7! Will there be a Sanjaya redux? Will Seattle be crowned the worst audition city yet again?

How a Mohammad Statue Ended up at the Supreme Court

Matt Soniak

The other day, Will and Jason told me about a Mohammad statue at the Supreme Court they heard about on This American Life.

130-Year-Old Pun Still Makes Us Chortle

Ransom Riggs

It's not every day that a 130-year-old joke makes me laugh for five minutes.

The Weird Week ending January 11th.

Miss Cellania

Where's the Beef? A truck carrying $100,000 worth of prizewinning bulls headed for a professional bullriding show was hijacked in Nashville last Friday.

Why Can't You Be President?

Jason English

I would never survive a presidential campaign. My oration lacks charisma. I'm not a fan of business travel.

Notable People Named Louis

Jason English

We kicked off this series last Friday by listing Notable People Named Karen. Today, let's create the definitive list of people named Louis. (Or

A Mean Chocolate Chip Cookie

Chris Higgins

Food writer Meg Hourihan went on a quest for the best chocolate chip cookie recipe, and ended up with 26 recipes after just 24 hours.