Artificial intelligence, indeed


Here at mental_floss, we do love all things Einstein, so I couldn't resist posting this great video of his doppelganger from Hanson Robotics, who walks, talks, and makes amazingly realistic facia

Thingamajig Thursday: Aglets

David K. Israel

To continue the lineage of our ever-developing themes, let me introduce a new one called Thingamajig Thursday.

Who killed the nuclear car?

Ransom Riggs

What if we told you Ford had condemned the combustion engine as a dirty, noisy thing of the past, and designed a car that ran silently, boasted zero harmful emissions, and could drive 5,000 miles with

We'll call it "Meat-al Floss"


Our songwriting contest ended weeks ago, with the winning entry transforming "I Wanna Be Sedated" into "I wanna piece of bacon." But reader Donna decided that deadline or no deadli


Will Pearson

Scientists at Wicab Inc.

Celluloid-stumper: The Cabinet

David K. Israel

We know how much you all loved Ransom's Geo-stumper, so we're serving another one up today, only let's call it a Celluloid-stumper. (By the way, little known factoid: film isn't

Picture this: Amazing early photography


Neatorama had a ginormous post yesterday about the origins of photography.


Jason English

Tim Nudd of Adfreak points us to a great ad campaign for RISK, The Game of Global Domination. While we're here, a little background.

Hello, kitty

Ransom Riggs

In just a few short days of kitten ownership, I've realized something profound: kittens are totally awesome.

For the infant who has everything (but hair)


Here at mental_floss, we know a lot of people (our president included) who have recently had babies. May we present the perfect shower gift, from Baby

The shirts are here! The shirts are here!


Just in time for any Plutonian funeral festivities you may have planned (hey, he was the god of the underworld), our commemorative t-shirts are now in stock in our store. Not planning a party?

IQ-tips: H2-ohh no

David K. Israel

So we all know our planet is in trouble, right? Old news by now.

Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Scientist: Dieter Adam


This blog has publicized some pretty ludicrous ways of stopping global warming in the past, but today's might really be more than just a gas: Dr.

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." Today I typed in "the most po

Pop-Tarts truly are a modern Marvel


Perhaps in an effort to combat the Pop-Tart-flames-of-death effect, which was hugely viral back when Mentos-and-Diet-Coke was just a glint in EepyBird's eye, Kellogg's recently introduced mi