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Jonathan Coulton's Greatest Hits

Chris Higgins

I've expressed my appreciation for Jonathan Coulton previously, and he continues to deliver, including an ongoing US tour.

Two Programming Notes

Jason English

"¢ Due to the overwhelming and passionate response*, our search for The Ten _flossiest Places To Live has been extended into September. So keep the nominations coming.

Firefighting Beetles, Polite Phones and Even More Polite Primates

Jason Plautz

Superdad Every roving bachelor has the fear that he's got a son out there. But hey, it could be worse.

9 Really Cool Aquariums

Miss Cellania

A well-designed and maintained aquarium is a treat for the eye, a conversation piece, and a satisfying hobby. Some are much more than

No Photoshop Necessary: a (fake) fire hydrant grows in Hollywood

David K. Israel

The latest in our ongoing feature, No Photoshop Necessary, takes you deep into the great, hilarious city of Los Angeles again, where it seems dogs are more a nuisance than man's best friend. T

Reusable water bottles


Even though I have a Brita in my home, I still find myself buying too much bottled water. Would this change if I committed to a reusable beverage container? Why not--I'm already Brita groupie.

Why You Shouldn't Invest in Forever Stamps

Chris Higgins

When the USPS introduced Forever Stamps -- First Class stamps that are valid forever, regardless of future rate increases -- my friends immediately had a clever idea: invest in them.

How To: Die Laughing

Maggie Koerth-Baker

YOU WILL NEED A Sense of Humor Poor

Happy blog-day to me

Ransom Riggs

It's been a year this week since I started blogging for mental_floss, and to commemorate such an auspicious anniversary, I thought I'd take a page from David's book, Google the phrase &

7 Underhanded Sports Tactics (Including how to knock out a deaf guy)

Mangesh Hattikudur

As Chris Connolly found out, cheating is unimaginative, brutish, and plain crass.

The First Time News Was Fit To Print, V

Jason English

Walkman July 7,

Who flew before the Wright Brothers?

Miss Cellania

Orville and Wilbur Wright are generally credited with being the first in flight. Whether that's true depends on your definition of "flight".

Tuesday Turnip

David K. Israel

It's time for another whimsical Tuesday Turnip search wherein I type a random phrase and we see what kind of interesting factoids "turn-up." In honor of the Turnip's one-year an

Beach sand as bacteria source: shocking?


Engineers at Stanford have been combing West Coast beaches to show how beach sand is just as capable of passing along harmful bacteria as ocean water. The study, published in the journal Environmenta

Elsewhere In My Yard

Jason English

We've talked on two occasions about the potential removal of my gigantic rock. Despite all the great suggestions, I still haven't decided what to do.