Why Does Hot Water Sometimes Feel Cold?

Matt Soniak

Home experiment time!

Morning Cup of Links: Shameless Product Placements

Jason English

In just a few years, an electronic exoskeleton could replace the wheelchair. * If you're going off to college, you might want to peruse this list of the 28 most cliché dorm room posters.

New Uses for 5 Old Pests

Meghan Holohan

Doctors, criminologists and even manicurists have been busy putting smaller, less cuddly members of the animal kingdom to work.

Painter to Poet: Dorothea Tanning

Andréa Fernandes

American artist Dorothea Tanning celebrates her 98th birthday today, so in her honor and at the request of reader Peter, we'll take a look at her life and artwork, particularly her 1942 self-port

Photography: Manufactured Landscapes

Chris Higgins

Photographer Edward Burtynsky is behind the 10,000 Year Photograph, an effort to make a photographic print that can last for the eponymous ten thousand years.

The Quick 10: 10 Great Colleges that Finished Second

Ben Smith

My college, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, was just named the number one school for engineering* by US News and World Report (for an impressive tenth year in a row).

2020: Cars of the Future

Ransom Riggs

Looks like the cars from Blade Runner are never going to happen -- or not anytime soon, anyway.

How Did You Know? - {day 2}

David K. Israel

We're back with another 5-day trivia hunt! To remind you of the rules: Every day this week, I'll be presenting a specific challenge.

Brain Game: Did Meathead have Meatballs?

It's time for All in the Family! The Bunkers (Archie & Edith) and the Stivics (Mike & Gloria) went out to a little Italian restaurant in Queens to enjoy some pasta.

Morning Cup of Links: Abandoned Amusement Parks

Jason English

From Neatorama, 5 amusement parks that are no longer amusing.

Why is the Drinking Age 21?

Ethan Trex

In short, we ended up with a national minimum age of 21 because of the National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984. But where'd they get 21?

UPDATE: Sitcom Spinoff Winner

Jason English

Time to pick the winner of Friday's Design Your Own Spinoff contest. Several show ideas were worthy of a TiVo Season Pass based on your descriptions alone.

The Quick 10: 10 Bizarre Deaths

Stacy Conradt

I stumbled upon this list of bizarre deaths and immediately thought, "Perfect mental_floss post." I think this subconsciously might be my reaction to Halloween displays going up in retail

Growth Spurt: The _floss & The Inc. 5000

Jason English

I came to work this morning and found a piano in our office. At a less rapidly growing company, this kind of thing would be unheard of.

3 Bald encounters on the set of Star Trek

the mag

Here are 3 surprising wig and toupee stories from the set of Star Trek-- a show that baldly went where no show has gone before.