Celluloid-stumper: The Ten Commandments

David K. Israel

Ransom's great post on the anniversary of "Talkies" got me in an anniversary mood. Yesterday, Cecil B. DeMille's epic, The Ten Commanments, celebrated its 50th, believe it or not.

How To: Travel to the Center of the Earth

Maggie Koerth-Baker

How To Travel to the Center of the Earth We know shockingly little about what's going on beneath our feet.

Harry Potter shoots kids, steals their lunch money


She hasn't commented on the Charles Carl Roberts slayings yet, but Laura Mallory -- tragically just a few days too late for Banned Books Week -- does think that Harry Potter is responsible for se

You ain't heard nothin' yet

Ransom Riggs

It was 79 years ago today, on October 6, 1927, that Warner Brothers released The Jazz Singer.

That's One Giant Caterpillar

Mangesh Hattikudur

Despite the fact that I've spent quite a bit of time in North Carolina, I've never stumbled into one of these creatures.

Idiot of the Day: A very special illustration


We've gotten so many great anecdotes in our idiocy contest over the last two weeks that I've started to get a little depressed about the whole thing. I just can't tell another one.

How Professors doodle at MIT

Mangesh Hattikudur

I found this link from the Presurfer, and it's pretty darn cool"¦ watch how an ordinary drawing suddenly gets animated to explain physics! Click here to

Marijuana: good for memory?

Mangesh Hattikudur

In one of the more irony-laden bits I've read in a while, new research is reporting that the active ingredient in marijuana may actually fend off Alzheimer's?!

mental_floss Fashion Week: It fits to a tee


Perhaps you've heard already, but layering is the big trend this fall -- so to round up our (vaguely) fashion-themed posts for the week, here's Matt McAllister taking the trend to heart and

Weekend Word Wrap: SCRABBLE

David K. Israel

I turned on the TV the other day and they were showing Rosemary's Baby.

And don't even think about throwing that spitball


People, people, people! We gave you a homework assignment earlier this week -- are we going to have to fail you out?

Idiot of the Day: Now, twice as stupid!


Here I go with the "being an idiot about the Idiot of the Day" thing again -- I forgot yesterday's. Which means, to make up for it, we get two stories of stupidity today!

Found Objects

David K. Israel

In case you missed the debut of Found Objects last week, the idea of this feature is pretty simple: I'll be posting some sort of visual representation of an object, equation, theory or idea that

mental_floss fashion week: Curse my metal body!


Judging by the breathless reaction to the Balenciaga show yesterday, the Next Big Thing will be dressing like C-3PO.

You can't find Willard Wigan's art in a haystack...


... because it's the size of a needle, or more accurately, the size of the eye of a needle or, sometimes, a pin or a fishhook or a safety pin.