The ZIP in ZIP Code stands for Zone Improvement Plan.
"Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire" originally aired on December 17, 1989. Not long after, you couldn't go anywhere without seeing a Bart Simpson t-shirt.
Just a reminder: there is a mental_floss retail store! It's in Chesterland, Ohio.
From James, a fascinating look at the most remote people on Earth (also check out this nice companion article from How Stuff Works).
What's it like to be jolly for a living?
You may have heard before that Louis Armstrong got his first Christmas tree at age 40, and he loved it so much that he took it on tour with him for a month.
Legions of Santas are currently perched in malls all over the country, waiting for your children to climb atop their laps and whisper to them their most secret desires.
by Matthew Hickman and Andrew
If you answered: The food Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, and Ally Sheedy eat, you are sorely mistaken.
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.
Louis C.K. is one of the Internet's (and maybe America's) most loved comedians.
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The largest country in Central Asia—it’s as big as all of Western Europe combined—turns 20 years old today, and to celebrate, here’s a list of ten random fact
Here's a new Free-for-all Friday challenge for the mentalfloss.com Brain Game. Good luck!
Only THREE world nations have
short-form English names that
begin with the letter R.
Researchers at the Technical University of Munich have developed kitchen robots that prepare sandwiches.
For $165,000 a month, you can live in the most expensive rental in New York City.
We've all heard of flash mobs, but what on earth is a cash mob?