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How To Drive A Tank

Maggie Koerth-Baker

Driving a tank is every destructive little child's personal goal.

What not to wear: Zouave pants


And you thought mental_floss Fashion Week was over!

Getting the Led out: First rap ever?

David K. Israel

Most folk agree that hip hop or rap music grew up in New York, during the early 1970s, when MCs improvised on the mic, entertaining the crowd as they waited for the next DJ to take over the booth.

The Mark Twain School of Journalism


I came across this huge compilation of Mark Twain quotes the other day, and in reading them I noticed that a surprising number of them sounded like particularly good advice for journalists -- so I am

Poop-to-pooch DNA matching

Ransom Riggs

It's a battle being waged every day on our streets, in our parks and in the hearts and minds of Americans everywhere: how to punish the poop-leavers -- or even catch them?

What's the meaning of all this?


I'm sure our resident high-five giver, Jason, won't mind if I offer up his services to the first person who can tell me (a) what the following common words and phrases all refer to and (b) w

Georgia on my mind


I'm originally from a small town in danger of being swallowed by the urban sprawl of Atlanta, so when I saw this piece about Georgia in the Times, headlined "A Battle for Hearts and Minds Se

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." I don't mean to scare you fol

A mental_floss home companion


Judging by the pitiful number of entries in last week's Weird Science contest, you folks just aren't interested in working for your goodies.

IQ-tips: the Slingbox

David K. Israel

Not sure if I'm the only one who missed this smart-sounding gizmo's debut, but did you know there's a relatively inexpensive box that lets you watch TV on your PC called the Slingbox?

Weird Science Winner #2: A dog's life


And for our "strangest research ever actually conducted," the winner is Jackie Dunn, who submitted this doozy from C.

Ice, ice baby

Ransom Riggs

Is it good timing -- or just good PR?

Billionaire Dropouts

Will Pearson

Bill Gates, Larry Ellison, Steve Jobs, Michael Dell, Carl Icahn, Paul Allen, David Geffen, Ralph Lauren. Turns out they have more in common than just being billionaires. They are also all dropouts.

Is that a sound system in your pocket?

Mangesh Hattikudur

I'm not sure if the world's ready for this yet, but OhGizmo is reporting that a foreward-thinking Ukrainian scientist named Hryhory Chausovsky has invented a musical condom?!

Weird Science Winner #1: You'll shoot your eye out


Reader (and frequent commenter) "n2y2" wins our prize for the most harebrained research proposal -- although, as you'll see, it's not so harebrained that someone hasn't alread