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Strange 10-legged rocking chair

Mangesh Hattikudur

The first time I glanced at this, I wondered if my eyes doth deceive me.

How To Fly

Maggie Koerth-Baker

According to aeronautical pioneer (and Wright Brothers' arch-nemesis) Glenn Hammond

Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Scientist: Quick! Someone alert Aquaman!


The following story has dolphins, music, and a superhero.

How not to eat your Thanksgiving turkey


In astonishing footage for the BBC's Planet Earth series, the 12ft shark is seen swallowing its victim in virtually a single gulp.

The iPod of kitchens


I was so, so excited when I got my first apartment with a dishwasher. But now I feel a little outdone: Architect and design guru Zaha Hadid continues her non-stop ruling of all things craftable.

While Sir Mix-A-Lot Gently Weeps


We've always thought that friend-of- mental-floss John Green has the best taste in music. Not only does his ringtone sound like the Super Mario theme, he has the best. cover.

America's Drunkest Cities

Will Pearson

Forbes.com has put together a list of America's Drunkest Cities.

World's worst manmade ecological disaster

Ransom Riggs

These days, Kazakhstan has more to worry about than the odd British comedian.

The Long Goodbye: RIP, Mr. Altman

Ransom Riggs

They don't make 'em like Robert Altman anymore.

Carbonated Turkey (and Sides!)

Mangesh Hattikudur

If you can't stomach the thought of preparing a Thanksgiving meal, but still want all that dinner table flavor, get yourself a Holiday Pack of Jones Soda.

The Fan Club: Spectacular Stories of Storied Spectators

Jason English

It's a great day for people who root for stuff. Over at YesButNoButYes, our good friend Jellio has a great post on the world's most rabid fan bases.

Greg Veis, YouTube Hunter: Are You Ready for Some Parkour?


My first thought, so stereotypically Jewish it's guilt-inducing, is a practical one: that cannot be good for the joints. The resulting arthritis is going to be monumental.

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." Seeing as Thanksgiving is upon us,

One if by land, two if by sea, three if by salamander


The husband just came across what may be the best misappropriation of language ever, ever: from Victor Davis Hanson's Ripples of Battle: "The Okinawa landings may have been the most most am

Special of the Day for Blog Readers

Will Pearson

15% off our 2007 Daily "Spot the Big Fat Lie" desk calendar. Just use the discount code "desk" during