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The wedding ring effect

Ransom Riggs

In the human world as in the animal kingdom, it seems to hold true: forbidden fruit is sweeter.

Feel Art Again: "An Election Entertainment"

Andréa Fernandes

Today is election day, so let's celebrate with some election humor, in the form of William Hogarth's 1754 painting, "An Election Entertainment." This complex painting, part one of

Vanity Cards

Chris Higgins

After Sandy's TV Tags Quiz, I got to wondering about those little animated logos at the beginning and ending of TV shows.

50 Reasons to Subscribe to mental_floss (Reason #49, Werner Heisenberg)

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With the holidays just a few months away, we're introducing a new feature where we sift through 6 years of print archives and give you a smattering of the best of the _floss.


Miss Cellania

Jellyfish aren't fish, and they aren't made of jelly. They look like a blob of jelly when they are out of the ocean, and most species can give you a nasty sting.

Tuesday Turnip

David K. Israel

It's time for another whimsical Tuesday Turnip search wherein I type a random phrase and we see what kind of interesting factoids "turn-up." Today I typed in "1 in every 4 Ameri

November 6, 2007

Miss Cellania

Gesturing Helps Grade School Children Solve Math Problems. I've heard it also helps adults release tension while driving. 15 more uses for vodka.

Second Caption Contest Winner!

David K. Israel

The results have been tallied from our second caption contest and we have our winner! Thanks to all who entered and all our finalists (and to the very talented Jessica Schiffman for the cartoon!).

Strike gets real, and new office digs=picket line


The WGA is officially on strike, but this doesn't mean a surfeit of brunching scribes playing with their Webkinz or perusing Fantasy Football matchups.

Shel Silverstein's Unlikely Rise to Kid Lit Superstardom

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Let's Hear It For Squirrels

Chris Higgins

Why do I love squirrels so much? I can't explain it.

The First Time News Was Fit To Print, XIV

Jason English

Every Monday, mental_floss ventures into the archives of The New York Times to find first mentions worth mentioning.

Ridiculous Board Games: Three Winners

Jason English

In our most recent Ridiculous Board Game, it only took 138 comments to find three winners. However, nobody correctly guessed the guest artist "“ our own Becky Hayes.

Weekend Genius Challenge #5 winners

Our More of Four weekend genius challenge garnered some interesting responses, some of which were as correct as the ones we'd come up with, so we gave away T-shirts to the first two who offered

Worst album covers of all time: the ten

Ransom Riggs

When I say all time, I mean the future, too. Let's take a look. 10. Ken: By Request Only I can assure you, Ken, we have only one