It happened in Florida


Whenever I see a truly bizarre crime story, I immediately think "Pasco County, Florida." This is partly because I once worked as a crime reporter in Pasco -- where I reported on, among other

Saddest shipwreck ever

Ransom Riggs

Divers in Lake Michigan recently discovered something that could cast a pall over anyone's holiday season: a 94-year-old shipwreck, complete with the personal effects of the 17 men who went down

The Most Overrated Movies of All Time

Will Pearson

Premiere recently published its list of the 20 Most Overrated Movies of All Time and the list is sure to tick some folks off.

What to wear with your Baby Toupee


My mother-in-law saw this in a magazine she was given on the Tokyo subway and sent it over. If she's trying to arouse a maternal instinct in me, it's

Using a credit card to buy one Atomic Fireball? Priceless.

Jason English

The night before any holiday where greeting cards are involved, I wind up at the stationery store. My goal is always to spend $1.99 (plus tax).

Special of the Day for Blog Readers

Will Pearson

We've added yet another t-shirt to our quirky collection. And you can buy the new Alfred Nobel (He's DY-NO-MITE!) shirt or any other mental_floss shirt at 10% off.

What up with Illinois, guys?

David K. Israel

I was visiting my folks in Philadelphia over Thanksgiving and noticed something odd: it seemed to me there were many more men walking the street than women.

What a catch!

Mangesh Hattikudur

You can keep telling yourself there are other fish in the sea (or lake, or whatever); but they're probably not as big as this one.

Who says winning isn't everything? Oh, yeah -- losers

Ransom Riggs

Everybody wants to be a winner, right? Even if the prize for winning stinks, being a loser stinks even more.


Mangesh Hattikudur

If you've been wondering what could get your kids to wash their hands more often (incessant nagging aside), perhaps the lure of cash will do the trick.

Contest: Er, actually, there isn't one


There's no contest this week, since it's not really a week so much as three days.

Talking turkey


Here's everything you'll need to impress Uncle Phil at the dinner table tomorrow, courtesy of infoplease: At one time, the turkey and the bald eagle were each considered as the national

Before the stork brought Dumbo...


I know I'm going a little overboard with the Amazing Animal Photos today, but check out these new pictures of an elephant in utero!


David K. Israel

For those at the office today, tomorrow, or Friday, there's sure to be a lot of down time"¦ yAwn. Here's a fantastic way to kill some"¦ especially if you were a Pac-Man freak li

Snacking on Cotton

Mangesh Hattikudur

At first when I read the headlines on edible cotton, I was dreaming of bale-fuls of cotton candy, but apparently, the breakthrough isn't that advanced.