In Japan, letting a sumo wrestler make your baby cry is considered good luck.
Here's a little-known fact: today is National Trivia Day! Let's celebrate with some of our favorite facts, pulled from our Amazing Fact Generator and the @mental_floss Twitter
Each week Miss Kathleen provides links to a variety of stories about libraries, authors, and books. If there’s something noteworthy going on in your local library, leave us a
Welcome to the second day of our new lecture series. Are we having fun yet?
Up today, a short lecture you can definitely fit in during your lunch break.
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After a disappointing performance in the Iowa Caucus, Rick Perry is reassessing his campaign.
Here's a Short Spell challenge for Wednesday Wordplay here at the mentalfloss.com Brain Game. Good luck!
ONE of the five words in the following list is misspelled.
Police are investigating the discovery of an unidentified murder victim on the grounds of Queen Elizabeth's country estate Sandringham.
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Over 50 fires gutted cars in Los Angeles this past weekend.
Today in 1959, the United States officially welcomed Alaska as the 49th state. Some Alaska fun facts: Alaska was purchased for $7.2 million in 1867.
Is texting while driving total insanity or just one more inevitable tide of modern life?
Walter Gregg and his young son were working on a project in their garden shed in Mars Bluff, South Carolina, when the backyard was hit with a nuclear bomb.
Last month, artist Yayoi Kusama turned an ordinary room in the Queensland Art Gallery into a giant canvas by painting everything white.
Every week, I used to wander into the New York Times archives to find the first time the paper covered various topics (like The Walkman).
I first stumbled across singer/songwriter Aloe Blacc when rounding up covers of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" for The Late Movies.
Action figures began with Habro's introduction of G.I. Joe in 1964. Since then, they've become associated with the marketing of TV, film, and comic book characters.
For the month of January I'll bring you one lecture every (week)day, touching on exciting topics such as: science, literature, history, art, design, ecology, neurology, computers, and a grab-bag