A Brief History of Garden Gnomes

Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

Note: This article was originally published in May 2009. We're currently switching to a new hosting provider, and it's a messy process.

The Sounds of Failure (and Science)

Chris Higgins

Wanna know what protein synthesis sounds like? Well, tough. Wanna know what Jad Abumrad (co-host of RadioLab) thinks it might sound like, rendered as muic? Okay, that we can tell you.

Attack of the Trash Monster

Jill Harness

How do you visualize the threat of non-organic packaging waste? A giant tentacled monster made of trash is one way to do it.

Morning Cup of Links: Dating Advice

Miss Cellania

Hiding the Real Africa. Do organizations looking for support promote bad news at the expense of the entire continent?

Weekend Links: Mario as an Indie Movie

Allison Keene

Benjamin Franklin was a pretty amazing guy, but this great illustration of some of his accomplishments (with a few tangents as well) reminds us just how brilliant a man he was (though so far it has no

The Weird Week in Review

Miss Cellania

Squirrel Terrorizes Neighborhood A small but vicious gray squirrel has attacked at least three residents of Bennington, Vermont in the past couple of weeks.

9 Other Famous Harvard Dropouts

Scott Allen

© Joseph Sohm/Visions of America/Corbis Most people are familiar with the stories of Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, who achieved great success as the founders of Microsoft and Facebook, respective

To Paywall or Not to Paywall?

Ransom Riggs

So the New York Times just announced that pretty soon they'll be instituting a sort-of-complicated paywall system for their website content, which will be free if you view twenty or fewer article

Brain Game: Tanzania or Turkey?

Just like that, it's time for the Friday Free-for-All... enjoy! By land area, which is the larger nation... 1. Canada or China? 2. Argentina or Australia? 3. Saudi Arabia or Sudan? 4.

Morning Cup of Links: Robot Elephant

Miss Cellania

The annual Vasaloppet in Sweden is the largest cross-country ski race in the world. See a video of the more than 15,000 people who took part on March 6th.

The Quick 10: The Shamrock Shake

Stacy Conradt

Many people overdo it with the drinking today, and I’m one of them. But it wasn’t Guinness or Jameson that got me in trouble - it was the Shamrock Shake.

Done in 60 Seconds Films

Colin Patrick

I feel like I just got the stink of the self-congratulatory award season washed off me, so I’m in no rush to start lauding Hollywood-types with more shiny hardware. The Done in 60 Seconds awards, o

7 Alternative Uses for Beer

Rob Lammle

“Beer: the cause of – and solution to – all of life's problems.” - Homer J. Simpson When Homer uttered those fateful words, he was referring to drinking his favorite alcoholic beverage.

PVC Beasts That Walk on Their Own

Chris Higgins

Theo Jansen is an artist (technically, a sculptor) who creates strandbeests -- PVC sculptures that operate like simple robots.

The mental_floss Guide to the NCAAs (The West)

Scott Allen

We may not be much help in filling out your bracket.