Flamingos are naturally white. Their diet of brine shrimp and algae turns them pink.
The circus has always been about performers reaching the pinnacle of courage, strength, and skill, all for the intangible payback of the roar of the crowd.
On Fridays, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else's reply, whatever you want.
Malcolm Gladwell is the author of iconic books including Blink and The Tipping Point.
New Species is Really Faux Hawk
A farmer in New Zealand is in trouble for painting hawks.
During last night's GOP debate, Mitt Romney attempted to minimize Newt Gingrich's connection to President
First things first: Congratulations to Maria, who won our "Extremely Short Story" challenge in last Friday's mentalfloss.com Brain Game.
After the blackouts: What's next for SOPA?
Everyone knows Paul Bunyan: a man of extraordinary stature who traveled the country with an ox of extraordinary color.
Everyone also knows that this folkloric hero is blatantly imaginary.
Attention _flossers! It's time once again for everyone's favorite Thursday night game — GUESS THE THEME. All the clips below have something in common.
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For more than sixty years, a character right out of one of Edgar Allan Poe’s gothic tales left gifts at the author’s gravestone to honor his birthday on January 19.
While old travel posters still remind us why specific locations would make excellent vacation destinations, they also capture the popular artwork styles and values of the period in which they were mad
The new issue of mental_floss is now on newsstands and coffee tables and wherever else magazines are hoarded.
Reader Jared wrote in with this question: "Why do singers I perceive as having accents (i.e. Adele, Bono, etc.) have those accents when they talk, but not when they
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
How long have the fashionable people been referred to as "cool"? Where did the word "dude" come from? Here's a look at the origins of six calmly audacious words.