Radioactive sandwiches and the laws of physics


As a science writer, I occasionally get random unsolicited pitches, announcements, and deep thoughts from scientists and science buffs.

A Zune ad worth seeing (...and one that isn't)

Mangesh Hattikudur

While I'm a true and tried Apple user, I've been eyeing the Microsoft Zune with curiosity—not so much because I want one, but because I'm dying to know how the supposed "

Back to the Future: The Trivia

Jason English

The last few days, Bravo has been giving viewers a heavy dose of Back to the Future, the first VHS tape I ever bought.

Not So Useless Facts

Will Pearson

Sometimes our staff likes to sit around and challenge our brilliant research editors, Sandy Wood and Kara Kovalchik, by throwing out a topic and seeing how many interesting related facts they can come

No wine before its time?

Ransom Riggs

Good news for you oenophiles out there. That bottle of young Vino Novello you just bought that won't be great for 10 or 20 years?

From the Archives: Kama Chameleon


Today's archival tidbit is the last one from Cocktail Party Cheat Sheets: The Kama Sutra includes 40 kinds of kissing and 64 sexual positions—but the dirty-dirty only comprises about

'Tis What Season?

Jason English

While driving through my hometown of Denville, New Jersey (The Hub of Morris County), my wife pointed out this sign.

Even after cancer scare, temptation to smoke is too much

Will Pearson

A new study finds that even after having surgery to remove early stage lung cancer, almost half of those who smoked before surgery eventually start smoking again.

The NBA's got balls but what they really need is moisturizer

David K. Israel

Every now and then a major piece of news trivia slips through our posts and we feel shameful, remiss, careless, negligent, embarrassed.

Mayan body modifications

Ransom Riggs

Those of you who've seen Apocalypto may find yourselves wondering why a number of its characters sport funny-shaped heads and jewels embedded in their teeth.

Armchair Field Trip to Grenada: Carriacou


We're currently settling into our little cottage on Carriacou, the largest of the Grenadines, the island chain off Grenada.

Special of the Day for Blog Readers

Will Pearson

15% off the mental_floss Trivia Game. When checking out, you'll see a space labeled "coupon code." Enter the word "game" in that field and you'll receive the

Not making the "roll over" pun, but...


How on earth did I manage to miss this movie when it came out? An aspiring composer of humble means, 23-year-old Anna Holtz (Diane Kruger) is seeking inspiration and career advancement in the world

From the Archives: Catherine the Red-Faced


Today's archival tidbit comes from Cocktail Party Cheat Sheets: Soon after Catherine the Great's death, someone—probably her enemies in the Russian aristocracy—started

Breaking News From Malaysia

Mangesh Hattikudur

"It's OK to use derogatory and vulgar language about your superiors in the office as long as it is done behind their backs, a Malaysian court has ruled." I thought about paraphrasing