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How Did You Know? - {day 1}

David K. Israel

We're back with another 5-day trivia hunt, this time with a whole new format, and new prizes, so read on! The new, updated rules: Every remaining day this week, I'll be presenting a speci

Now (officially) a word: MEH

Ransom Riggs

Well, it's about time! It was more than a year ago that I declared "meh" an official word, with only the lowly Wiktionary to back me up.

Brain Game: Ottoman Winch Saga

Each of the following three phrases is an anagram of a U.S. city-state combination (like Tacoma, Washington).

Morning Cup of Links: Four Million Dominos

Miss Cellania

Top 10 Amazing Animal Videos. Posted for the off chance that there may be one or two you haven't seen linked here before. * The 20 Healthiest Places in America.

Quizzes: Did He Win The MVP?

Jason English

Albert Pujols was named the NL Most Valuable Player today, and the American League's winner will be announced tomorrow. In honor of these awards, we have three quizzes for you.

The Quick 10: 10 Famous Homeschooled People

Stacy Conradt

1. Agatha Christie. Agatha was a painfully shy girl, so her mom homeschooled her even though her two older siblings attended private school. 2. Pearl S.


Chris Higgins

so_many_a_second is a simple online applet that helps you visualize statistics.

The Secrets Behind Your Favorite Toys

Tim Moodie

You know the toys. You've seen the commercials. But you definitely haven't heard these stories.

The Magic of HDR Imaging

Ransom Riggs

There's a new phenomenon sweeping internet photography circles: HDR imaging.

The (New) New Einsteins: Marin Soljačić

Erik Vance

In the current issue of mental_floss magazine, Erik Vance profiled nine "New Einsteins"—visionaries who are discovering how to grow organs, peer into black holes, levitate food, cu

The Hand

Miss Cellania

Why make gestures to other drivers on the highway when you can get a gadget to do it for you? The Hand is an animated picture of a hand you stick on the back window of your car.

Brain Game: One to Ten in Six

Counting from one to ten is one thing... trying to get from the word ONE to the word TEN is another.

Baby on Board

David K. Israel

One of the coolest things about being a regular contributor to the _floss is this: when something unusual happens, I feel like I have an outlet "“ a captive, appreciative audience to share it wit

Morning Cup of Links: Chocolate Super Hero Costumes

Miss Cellania

Carbon-14 formed by atomic weapons testing can be used to date biological specimens, like trees and human beings.

Lunchtime Quiz Leftovers

Jason English