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Really, really alternative energy

Ransom Riggs

Solar too mainstream for you? Bored with windpower? Don't worry -- there are plenty of other ways to harness a watt.

Relief for Couch Potatoes, Canine Contraceptives and One Charmingly Alarming Solution

Jason Plautz

Better than a Clapper Losing the remote is so last year with the new device that detects hand movements to control a television.

Some of our early _floss posts

David K. Israel

So I'm going to be on the radio tomorrow afternoon (5 pm Pacific time)—on a great show produced from the OC called Writers on Writing.

Skinner's babies


Burrhus Frederic Skinner never quite escaped the lingering plaque from misinformation unleashed with the invention of his "Baby Tender" (aka "Heir Conditioner" or "Aircrib&quo

The First Time News Was Fit To Print

Jason English

A perk of being a weekend subscriber to The New York Times is the access to their online archives.

Your state of mind might not be in the city

You know, I always hated telling people I was from Georgia. Don't get me wrong, I love the Peach State, and am proud that I was born and raised there.

How To: Get Rescued from a Desert Island

Maggie Koerth-Baker

YOU WILL NEED 1 unstoppable will to live Patience An appreciation for tragic irony If there's one thing you can say about most desert island strandings, it's that, at the very least, t

iPhone Versus Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

Chris Higgins

After buying an iPhone, I have begun to wonder where consumer purchases fit into Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs.

Is blaxploitation dead?

Ransom Riggs

I ran across these two trailers within a day of each other, and was struck by how similar in tone the movies seem, despite being birthed in two very different cinematic and -- we'd like to think

More Periodic Tableware

Miss Cellania

My very first week here at mental_floss I wrote an article called Periodic Tableware, about how people have taken the periodic table of the elements and adapted the form in interesting ways.

Tuesday Turnip

David K. Israel

Welcome back to the feature wherein I type a random phrase and we see what kind of interesting factoids "turn-up." Today I typed in "What's a Good Credit Score?" unearthing

Mace just sounds cooler


Here's another how-my-stuff-was-confiscated post. Ok, not really, but kind of.

mental_floss meets Mr. Drummond

Jason English

Six Degrees of Wikipedia was a 2006 web sensation, racking up the Diggs and making the Telegraph. This application would tell you how closely Wikipedia entries were related (Viagra and mackerel? Four

May we interest you in a Tetris Shower Stall?

Mangesh Hattikudur

Perhaps it matches your Pac-Man wall paper and Donkey Kong bath mat? Whatever your decorating scheme, we're not

The world without us

Ransom Riggs

There's something inherently fascinating about abandoned places, be they entire cities, like the one surrounding the skeleton of Chernobyl, pockets of urban blight returning to grassland, as in D