Poop-to-pooch DNA matching

Ransom Riggs

It's a battle being waged every day on our streets, in our parks and in the hearts and minds of Americans everywhere: how to punish the poop-leavers -- or even catch them?

What's the meaning of all this?


I'm sure our resident high-five giver, Jason, won't mind if I offer up his services to the first person who can tell me (a) what the following common words and phrases all refer to and (b) w

Georgia on my mind


I'm originally from a small town in danger of being swallowed by the urban sprawl of Atlanta, so when I saw this piece about Georgia in the Times, headlined "A Battle for Hearts and Minds Se

Tuesday Turnip

David K. Israel

It's time for another whimsical Tuesday Turnip Google search wherein I type a random phrase and we see what kind of interesting factoids "turn-up." I don't mean to scare you fol

A mental_floss home companion


Judging by the pitiful number of entries in last week's Weird Science contest, you folks just aren't interested in working for your goodies.

IQ-tips: the Slingbox

David K. Israel

Not sure if I'm the only one who missed this smart-sounding gizmo's debut, but did you know there's a relatively inexpensive box that lets you watch TV on your PC called the Slingbox?

Weird Science Winner #2: A dog's life


And for our "strangest research ever actually conducted," the winner is Jackie Dunn, who submitted this doozy from C.

Ice, ice baby

Ransom Riggs

Is it good timing -- or just good PR?

Billionaire Dropouts

Will Pearson

Bill Gates, Larry Ellison, Steve Jobs, Michael Dell, Carl Icahn, Paul Allen, David Geffen, Ralph Lauren. Turns out they have more in common than just being billionaires. They are also all dropouts.

Is that a sound system in your pocket?

Mangesh Hattikudur

I'm not sure if the world's ready for this yet, but OhGizmo is reporting that a foreward-thinking Ukrainian scientist named Hryhory Chausovsky has invented a musical condom?!

Weird Science Winner #1: You'll shoot your eye out


Reader (and frequent commenter) "n2y2" wins our prize for the most harebrained research proposal -- although, as you'll see, it's not so harebrained that someone hasn't alread

A picture worth 1,000 of Neil LaBute's words


Here I go again with the value-added for articles in highbrow publications: the New York Times has an amusing column called "Possessed" about a few of its subjects' favorite things.

A Coloring Book That Means Business!

Mangesh Hattikudur

I just saw some stills from the Executive Coloring Book, a confusingly out-of-print title from 1961, and figured I simply had to share.

A Real FA-Q to Customers

Jason English

Here's a question not asked frequently enough -- how do companies dream up their FAQs? Who are these ultra-inquisitive customers? Is this how corporations view the

Escape Artistry


The current New Yorker has a great article about murderer Richard McNair, who is the only person to escape from a maximum-security federal prison in the last 13 years and, apparently, a bit of an evil