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The art and science of Rosamond Purcell


We'll say it again: we love two-headed animals. We also love it when art and science work together.

May the tallest candidate win

Ransom Riggs


Taking one page at a time

Mangesh Hattikudur

For those of you who can't play band music and turn pages at the same time, meet your solution: the Hammacher Schlemmer Hands-Free Sheet Music Library and Page Turner.

A truly amazing post (if you're a tricycle enthusiast)

Mangesh Hattikudur

I was milling about the Museum of Unusual Transport when I stumbled into a page full of crazy three-wheelers. Check 'em out! a) the Police Bondage Tricycle-- If you were watching "COPS!

Also, it's cold, I'm tired, and my feet hurt...


I know this has been floating around the Interweb for a few months, which means we're a little late with it, but quit your whining and let the Complaints Choir of Helsinki show you how it's

Special of the Day for Blog Readers

Will Pearson

15% off the mental_floss Trivia Game. As always, you'll have the opportunity to fill in the discount code during checkout. Today's discount code is

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." Inspired by the big news this week

What Happens in Intercourse

Jason English

I just returned from a very enjoyable weekend in picturesque Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

The Great American Instant Novel


I spent all weekend slaving over my first novel, pounding the keyboard of my antique typewriter and tossing crumpled, slightly-less-than-perfect drafts over my shoulder. ...

Gone phishin'

Ransom Riggs

Phishing has certainly grown up since 1996, when a handful of devious hackers gleaned credit card numbers and other information from AOL users (easy marks, sure) by posing as AOL staffers.

Meet Your Candidates for People's Tribune


Okay, folks, the real election season may be coming to a close but ours is in full swing. Below are your three candidates for People's Tribune.

The tree everybody loves to hate

Ransom Riggs

I live in Los Angeles. Notwithstanding rumors of LA's ugliness, I find it to be a sometimes-quite-charming city, which often has as much to do with the number of trees around as anything else.

Tallest Men in the World

Mangesh Hattikudur

Check out these photos of the two tallest men in the world from damncoolpics.

MIT's Dough Boy


Trevor Ng is getting his Ph.D. in rheology at MIT's non-Newtonian fluid dynamics research group. What this means is that he plays with dough for a living: His Ph.D.

Style Guide: The Imelda (Marcos) Collection

Mangesh Hattikudur

I love Imelda Marcos, mainly as a punch line, but also because nothing seems to keep that awful woman down.