Contest: O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!


Labor Day has passed, which can only mean one thing for department stores -- it's time to start planning the Hannuramakwanzmas (or, if you prefer, Chrismukkah) holiday displays.

Oooh, that's gonna leave a mark


Proof that no one will ever be able to replace Steve Irwin: This poor guy apparently tried and found the croc rather, shall we say, disarming. (And, since David feels we need a warning: If you can&

Word to your mother: We have a winner


Judging from your entries in our "coin a new word" contest, last week you had two things on the brain: politics and Pluto.

Dear Mr. Fantasy (P.S.)

Jason English

We talked last week about alternative fantasy leagues. Over the weekend, my friend Mario and my dad each pointed out ones I missed. Can you predict celebrity breeding habits? Spot a chin lift?

Intra-uterine Shark Attack!

Will Pearson

I've got an idea for the next shark attack movie.

White After Labor Day!

Mangesh Hattikudur

As I was packing up my summer threads this weekend, I realized I didn't want to say goodbye to some of my clothes just yet.

Man in the box

Ransom Riggs

Meet Jeremy Bentham. One of 18th century England's foremost thinkers, he was by most standards a genius, and by all accounts, a pretty eccentric fella.

I'm rubber, you're glue...

Mangesh Hattikudur

I saw this superglue ad on ettf and thought it was pretty amusing. Oh, if only the UN could invest in a bit of rubber cement or Scotch tape and patch up the

Hunting for Answers

Jason English

In the late-1980s, my grandfather made a bold and sarcastic prediction. One day, he said, video games would magically beam your opponent onto the couch beside you. In 2006, anything is possible.

If we were crying they wouldn't be crocodile tears


Here at mental_floss, we're still reeling from the news that Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin was killed yesterday.

The Power of Pluto

David K. Israel

Okay, I'll admit it: I've been reading a weekly horoscope put out by the astrologers over at for the last six years or so.

We've got issues.


So, if you're reading this, you're probably at your desk, and that makes me sad, because it's Labor Day!

Week in Review: Feeling a bit wordy


All week long you've been sending us great new neologisms (is that redundant?) for our coin-a-new-word contest. For today's Week in Review, I'm doing the

Attack of the giant paper bugs


Part of me feels like using a computer to generate complex origami patterns is cheating. For hundreds of years, origami's most complex patterns topped out at 20 steps.

"Beware of pludog" doesn't have the same ring


We know, we know. It's been a week since Pluto was demoted, and it's time to come back to Earth and get on with our lives.