The eye chart with the big "E" on top is called a Snellen Chart.
We featured a few holiday firsts last year, and have since dug up a few more to further clutter your mind in between shopping trips.
First Rockefeller Center
Happy Birthday to Beethoven!
Just when it seemed like advertisers had thought of everything, something new comes along.
The correct term is mockbuster (or knockbuster): a micro-budgeted, straight-to-DVD, B-movie that piggy-backs on the massive publicity of a phenomenally bigger movie.
On the heels of Google's Zeitgeist 2010, Twitter has revealed its 2010 Year in Review. I'm curious: are they going to change this if something really big happens in the next two weeks?
Earlier this week we showed you Ten Odd and Awesome 2011 Calendars, but that wasn't enough. The variety of calendars available for 2011 is such that ten more are warranted. Happy shopping!
In my previous posts on QR codes, all intended to help you gear up for our big QR Code Hunt in NYC next week, where you could win a brand new Ford Fiesta, I mentioned that they were invented by the Ja
After reading about Hong Kong’s Kowloon Walled City, I suddenly feel really guilty about all the times I’ve complained about my condo being too small.
By changing one letter at a time to form different English words, and leaving all other letters in their original positions, convert BINGO into DISCO in the fewest steps possible.
Billions of dollars and a Hollywood biography doesn't hurt a bit.
Every week, Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books.
A speedrun is the act of playing a video game (usually the entire thing from start to finish) as fast as possible.
Dan Lewis runs the popular daily newsletter Now I Know ("Learn Something New Every Day, By Email"). We've invited him to share some of his stories on mental_floss this week.
Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is one of the best-known Christmas tales in history.
Yesterday we ran a quiz titled "Monty Python Phrase or Ben Franklin Synonym for Drunk?" The quiz referred to Franklin's lengthy list of expressions meaning "inebriated" that h