Facebook engineers originally wanted to call the "Like" button the "Awesome" button.
Much to the dismay of Hallmark and the U.S. Postal Service, there are no federal holidays in August. Because we’re always looking for an excuse to throw a good party, let's make one up!
Charles Babbage designed a fully functional mechanical computer called the Analytical Engine in 1837.
On April 28, 1789, Fletcher Christian and 18 other sailors aboard the HMS Bounty wrested control of the ship from their commanding officer, Lieutenant William Bligh.
Today's mentalfloss.com Brain Game Think Thursday challenge takes you on a trip to our continental cohort, South America.
The 25 Top Summer Olympics Countries.
The IOC surprised people this week by cutting wrestling from the official Olympic program. They've slashed a number of sports over the years. Should they bring back any of these?
The Beastie Boys released their opus Paul's Boutique today, July 25, way back in 1989.
It’s Pay Day. No, It’s Lottery Day.
An Argentinian mayor combats budget problems by paying only the workers whose names get drawn, lottery-style.
In 2004, I was a lab rat for about 15 minutes. A psychology professor at Juniata College, where I spent my freshman year, was conducting an experiment.
Over the next two weeks, we’ll be taking a look back at the fine art competitions that originated in ancient Greece and were revived as part of the modern Olympics from 1912 to
Big news! Food Network legend Alton Brown has joined the mental_floss gang as our new food columnist!
In this short video, photographer Nick Moore shows us what happens to flame when it's exposed to a speaker vibrating at 60 Hz.
Ambrose Bierce was a celebrated journalist, storyteller and, above all, cynic. Bierce had a barbed wit, and he often used it to kick American culture square in the teeth.
Actor Sherman Hemsley has passed away at the age of 74. Raised by a single mom in Philadelphia, the diminutive actor dropped out of high school in order to join the Air Force.